Along with Local, I finished Palestine over the weekend. A really lovely and difficult read at times. Joe Sacco spent several months in Palestine in the early 1990s and he chronicles what he learned in the book.

Traveling to both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and meeting many different people, Sacco digs into the conflict and difficulties and tells the stories of those he meets. It’s difficult reading, but thankfully Sacco knows how to add some humor into it at just the right time to bring you a bit up out of the depths.

As I read Palestine, I wondered how much has even changed. The book was written 20 years ago and I question if things would be any different for the Palestinians were Sacco to visit again today. There seem no solutions as both sides are dug in, and that’s the real tragedy.