Forget Sorrow by Belle Yang

Forget Sorrow

Celebrated artist and writer Belle Yang makes a stunning debut as a graphic memoirist with this story of crisis and survival.When Belle Yang was forced to take refuge in her parents’ home after an abusive boyfriend began stalking her, her father entertained her with stories of old China. The history she’d ignored while growing up became a source of comfort and inspiration, and narrowed the gap separating her—an independent, Chinese-American...

Details Forget Sorrow

TitleForget Sorrow
Release DateMay 10th, 2010
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Cultural, China

Reviews Forget Sorrow

  • Kirk
    I found the narration far too confusing, especially when Yang's rather cartoony drawing style doesn't do much to distinguish between characters. They're all about the same basic build, but maybe one's hat is different or he has a wave in his hair. Yeah...who is that again? And then periodically she'll interrupt somebody's narration with her own and I had a hard time keeping track which generation was currently speaking. Suggestions: -family tree ...
  • Ming Wei
    I found this book interesting and very readable, the storyline in this book, in my opinion would have been real-life for thousands of Chinese families during the period that the book is based within. The book blends together various themes, survival, struggling for food, etc. I quite like it, The write gives the characters emotion and individual characteristics, the story line is never dull, it engages with the reader and keeps your concentration...
  • Vishy
    I got ‘Forget Sorrow’ by Belle Yang, as a birthday present from one of my dear friends. My friend has introduced me to a lot of beautiful literature and so I couldn’t wait to read Belle Yang’s book. I read it in one sitting. Here is what I think.What I think‘Forget Sorrow’ is the memoir of the author Belle Yang and that of her father. Belle Yang starts the book with her own life – on how she was born in Taiwan to parents who had com...
  • Kristen Northrup
    I wanted to enjoy this much more than I did. You never want to speak ill of tragedy-laden true stories, of course. And it's a part of 20th century history that has never received all that much attention in the West, thanks to the distraction of our own horrors. But I did have difficulty with the art. I was really surprised to learn at the end that Yang is an established artist, so it was a style choice rather than simply a lack of experience. Thi...
  • Olavia Kite
    Beautiful. Sad. Dense. Chinese history just hits you on the head—events seem to pile up rather than flow in consecutive order, but that's not the author's fault at all. It's just the way it's been. This book reminded me of The Family, by Ba Jin, a novel I read and loved when I was about twelve.
  • Janice
    This is an interesting graphic memoir in which Belle Yang tells not only a bit of her own story (she's turned to her parents for refuge from a dangerous stalker they've nicknamed "Rotten Egg") but also shares her father's family's history. Her father's ancestors settle in Manchuria and build a prosperous life there, but by the time her father and uncles are young men, their comfortable lives are in jeopardy -- first from the Japanese and then fro...
  • cat
    Unlike many of my friends, I am not a comic book reader. And then there was Allison Bechdel's amazing graphic novel Fun Home, and I discovered that I needed to reconsider my previous stance. And to be honest, I brought this lovely and poetic graphic novel home for my partner who loves comic books. But then I picked it up to browse through before returning to the library and suddenly I was halfway through Belle Yang's beautifully illustrated tale ...
  • May-Ling
    i judged a book by its cover and that's how this one got my attention, but i actually think that's a great way to find graphic novels.forget sorrow is reminiscent of persepolis, in that it chronicles political upheaval in china. instead of putting us directly in the moment, the plot comes from a girl writing about her extended family in china. she tells the story after listening to hours of stories from her father. it's a beautiful tribute to her...
  • Monica St. Dennis
    read harder challenge 2018: read a comic written or illustrated by a person of colorpopsugar challenge 2018: read a book by an author of a different ethnicity than youI read that Belle Yang wrote this as prose, first, but had trouble getting it published. I think there's a reason for that.
  • Aneesa
    Another fine addition to the somewhat-self-centered-young-adult-gets-some-perspective-by-listening-to-his/her-father's-tale-of-struggle-in-his-homeland-during-wartime-and-journey-to-America-then-writes-a-graphic-memoir-about-it genre.
  • Edward Sullivan
    Excellent graphic memoir.
  • Jenna
    The narration hopped around a bit too much for my taste but it was informative and interesting.
  • Wendy T
    This book was okay, but I found the story didn't flow very well.
  • Amy Wong
    I don't think there's possibly any other book that'd be more heartfelt, relatable and wholesome to me directly. Growing up I've gone through the same struggle and thought of the pressures of filiel piety and understanding of where my immigrant parents are coming from in terms of life views. Generational differences is an understatement of the huge gap between millenial Asian Americans and their immigrant parents. It takes so much patience and nee...
  • Sep
    A graphic novel in which Ms. Yang illustrates the history of 20th Century China through her family's history. Told in short anecdotes, it is punctuated with conversations with her parents and often has comments on what happened. (She started living with them because she is being stalked by an abusive ex-boyfriend.) The locations are her home in the United States and various locations in China. Ms. Yang's pictures of her great uncles and aunts are...
  • Laura
    Nicely drawn story, and interesting setup (girl draws the story of her ancestors while hiding for a stalker in her parent's place). The story itself was pretty interesting, but I ended the book on a bit of a "meh" note - I feel like it hadn't really lead anywhere, or like the story was suddenly cut short. I guess real life shouldn't be spiced up that much, so it's logical, yet I feel like it could've been better!
  • Yiming
    Forget Sorrow is about a girl's father's tale of family relationships during WWII, and how it relates to real life. This book is a graphic novel that is very expressive and uses a different art style that is sometimes hard to read. This book talks about how the family lineage came from China, and shows the progress of each generation. This graphic novel is a commitment to read compared to other graphic novels.
  • Barbara Santos
    In 2016 I decided that I was trying to read more and one of my friends told I should start reading graphic novels. It was the best advice! So this year I look up for some in my work and found this graphic novel that I really loved. Is kinda of harsh but at the same time a history of a life with intemperances which is pretty much our lives but, of course at different levels.
  • Millie
    Bought this for my sister, who likes this author - read it also, truly liked the way it was presented, though it seemed different at first, it worked very well.She tells the ale of her past and her family, with its ups and downs, and is an important picture of her world - and ours.
  • Shannon
    I like the whimsical black and white drawings in this book. I just felt like the first two-thirds dragged on and the most interesting and character-building stuff happened in the last third. The ending also felt a little too neatly tied with a bow.
  • Anoek
    I liked the graphics but the story couldn't really capture my interest the way I thought it would.
  • Rachel
    The story was very touching, though the format was a little confusing at times. I feel like I learned a lot.
  • Jamie Jones Hullinger
    I give it a 2.5. I have read so many great graphic memoirs and this one just did not measure up.
  • Mrs.E
    Helpful to have a passing knowledge of Chinese history. Personal memoir and family history intertwined. Secrets exist in every generation.
  • Chelsea Martinez
    Rotten Egg is a really good nickname for a boyfriend-turned-stalker!
  • Khalid Albaih
    Liked the beginning of the book before the ancestry part starts.
  • Claire
    This one wrecked me
  • Jocelyn
    Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale is about Belle Yang, who spends a long amount of time listening to her father tell her stories about his family and their lives back in China during Japanese-occupied Manchuria up until Communism becomes widely spread around the country while Belle herself is struggling to escape an abusive ex-boyfriend and comes to terms with not ending up exactly how her parents and she expected.While the style of art isn't exac...