The Name of the Game – Will Eisner

The "game" referred to here is that many Jewish settlers of America in the 19th and 20th century used both assimilation and marriage as a way to enhance their socioeconomic status in their new country. The story largely revolves around Conrad Arnheim, a complete jerk, who is both a product and participant of the game. It is a harsh, critical, and realistic view (although I doubt it represents the majority experience) of what would now be seen simply as extreme networking. I always like Eisner's work, both his art and storytelling, but I was disappointed that he interrupted his own story too often with summary notes to move the plot along. Then again, if he told the story as fully as I would have liked it probably would have been ten times the length. Thanks to Cory for the loan.