Book Review: “The Flutist of Arnhem: A Story of Operation Market Garden”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author/Illustrator Antonio Gil published the graphic novel “The Flutist of Arnhem: A Story of Operation Market Garden” in 2021 (May). Mr. Gil is a Spanish illustrator and comic author who specializes in military history. He has several publications to his credit.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of violence and mature language. The story is set in WWII during Operation Market Garden. The principal character is British paratrooper Harry Hewson.

John Newson, Harry’s estranged father, has been operating for years in Holland as an SOE agent. The Germans have captured or killed most of the agents in Holland. John has survived and has important information for the Allies.

Harry Hewson has landed with the British paratroopers in Holland. When the British authorities discover John has survived and has information a group is quickly formed to find him and get him home. Harry is drafted into the group. The graphic novel details their search for John Hewson.

I enjoyed the 2 hours I spent reading this 152-page graphic novel. I don’t read many graphic novels, I did enjoy this one though. It contains many facts about the battle as well as the fictional dramatization. I liked the images, though some were dark and hard to see. I do like the selected cover art. I give this graphic novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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