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Nov 20, 2018JCLChrisK rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A delightfully fun deconstruction of ethnocentrism and skewed perception starring an archivist and a historian. Each is an expert on the long history of hatred and war between the elven and goblin kingdoms, paired together as part of a diplomatic mission. The elf's story is told through wordless illustrations, the goblin's through pictureless text, and even though they are recording the same events they tell wildly different stories. Plus there might be more to the mission than either knows, espionage and subterfuge in which they are unwitting pawns. The serious underlying themes are gradually revealed through humorous narration and sometimes silly events, as the cultures involved in this clash are easily lampooned without fear of offense. It makes for a unique, enjoyably off-kilter, and ultimately humanizing tale.