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Ducks (GraphicNovel, 2022, Drawn & Quarterly) 5 stars

Before there was Kate Beaton, New York Times bestselling cartoonist of Hark! A Vagrant, there …

A deeply human look at a thoroughly dehumanising place

5 stars

This is a powerful memoir which has a lot to say about how we (particularly Canada as a resource extraction colony, but also a broader "we") treat the people whose physical labour runs parts of the economy we'd rather not think about. The experience turned out predictably badly for Beaton, but in looking back she maintained empathy for the people involved, keeping a clear on focus on what the context of oil sands work camps does to people.