So you may imagine that PIDE officers were not welcome into people's homes nor were they friendly persons.
It turns out that the main character of O Baile is one of those PIDE officers.
How is it?
He is not good nor evil. He's done some bad things. At least that's implied in the book. The title (The Dance) is a reference for the interrogation that PIDE often forced upon the portuguese people. The job is starting to get to him. He can't tolerate silence. It takes him to a dark place.
Nuno Duarte managed to weave an interesting thriller in just 46 pages. It as a bit of drama, some horror, a dash of action and even a tiny bit of romance (well, maybe). What struck me the most was his ability to write a character that could very easily be a giant clichê and make him interesting without being contrived.
The art department was ran by Joana Pacheco. She made a great job with it. The character models are all unique and very detailed, the contrast between the day and night fits the real / surreal aspect of the book like a glove. Great job.
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This is a great book. My only complaint is the low quality binding. As soon as I opened the book it cracked. Apart from that this is very much worth your money. Its a cool and original concept, with great art and very well crafted story telling.
Publisher: Kingpin Books
Authors: Nuno Duarte, Joana Pacheco
Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/review-o-baile.html