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Review: The Imitation Game by Jim Ottaviani, Leland Purvis

the imitation game cover

Title: The Imitation Game

Authors: Jim Ottaviani, Leland Purvis

English mathematician and scientist Alan Turing (1912–1954) is credited with many of the foundational principles of contemporary computer science. The Imitation Game presents a historically accurate graphic novel biography of Turing’s life, including his groundbreaking work on the fundamentals of cryptography and artificial intelligence. His code breaking efforts led to the cracking of the German Enigma during World War II, work that saved countless lives and accelerated the Allied defeat of the Nazis. While Turing’s achievements remain relevant decades after his death, the story of his life in post-war Europe continues to fascinate audiences today.

Rating: 5/5

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.

This biographical graphic novel is one of my favorite reads ever. It describes the life of Alan Turing, the father of computer science. I can’t tell exactly how accurate this is, but it’s fascinating and heartbreaking to read.

The story is told from a few different points of view. It can be a bit confusing because it mixes Alan Turing’s POV with POVs of people who knew him. I wanted the story to go into more detail about what exactly Turing did during WW2, but that would have probably taken too much space and also wouldn’t have been very easy to explain. I felt that the writers weren’t sure exactly how to deal with Turing’s sexuality; it’s obviously an important part of his life so it had to be in the story, but it shouldn’t come across as the most important so there aren’t too many details.

I think the drawing style fits the story, meaning it’s not very cheerful and colorful. I liked the way Turing’s ideas and thoughts were drawn – it’s not easy to show those in a graphic novel in such an interesting way.


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