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Goddamn This War! [Hardcover]

Jacques Tardi , Jean-Pierre Verney
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14 Mar 2013
Created 15 years after the completion of his Eisner Award-winning WWI masterwork It Was the War of the Trenches (2010), this is no mere sequel or extension, but a brand new, wholly individual graphic novel that serves as a companion piece to Trenches but can be read entirely on its own. This unnerving and poignant masterpiece shares with Trenches its sustained sense of outrage, pitch-black gallows humour and impeccably scrupulous historical exactitude.

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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995822
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 20.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I know quite a few of you have been waiting a long time for this (including me), but any work by the great Jacques Tardi is always worth waiting for... It shows the burning anger at the squalor, pain, death and injustice of that awful, awful conflict... This is going straight into my own collection, and in my opinion every decent graphic novel collection needs some Tardi in it, he is one of the great masters of the medium.' - Forbidden Planet International

'Credited with creating a new style of expressionistic illustration dubbed 'the New Realism,' Tardi is one of the greatest comics creators in the world, blessed with a singular vision and adamantine ideals... A lavish and subtle hardback in full colour and moody, evocative tonal sequences.' - Comics Review

'Poignant, tragic and aethetically beautiful, it's arguably powerful enough to be mentioned in the same breath as such classic war literature as All Quiet on the Western Front.' - Bizarre

'An honest, brutal book, that gives a voice to the common soldier, caught up in the conscription to a war he barely understands. It's a statement of solidarity with a reluctant hero and a harsh reminder that we must never, ever let this happen again.' - Grovel

'Not an easy read, but what a powerful one. As far as anti-war comics material goes, this is pretty much as hard-hitting as it gets, painting a very graphic picture of the horrors of World War I, a particular personal bête noire of Tardi's.... There is so much to admire in this work... For anyone interested in WWI, or just in trying to understand what it must have been like to be to be on those battlefields and go what those gallant men went through, this is essential reading.' --Page 45

'I'm a huge admirer of the work of Jacques Tardi I consider him to be one of the finest creators in the comics medium in Europe, with a diverse body of work and styles... Tardi's fury pours off the page, mixed with huge empathy and sympathy for the suffering of those forced into those awful events, and there in lies the key which makes this such an affecting, powerful, emotional read: Tardi takes the vast scale of the war, the unbelievable casualty rate and he humanises it, puts it on a personal level the reader can comprehend, understand, sympathise with.' Forbidden Planet

'Haunting and moving, it captures the horror and absurdity of the Great War, the war to end all wars, from the perspective of one soldier.... It is bleak and harrowing in its portrayal, but utterly captivating and thought-provoking at the same time.' -- Forbidden Planet

'I'm a huge admirer of the work of Jacques Tardi I consider him to be one of the finest creators in the comics medium in Europe, with a diverse body of work and styles... Tardi's fury pours off the page, mixed with huge empathy and sympathy for the suffering of those forced into those awful events, and there in lies the key which makes this such an affecting, powerful, emotional read: Tardi takes the vast scale of the war, the unbelievable casualty rate and he humanises it, puts it on a personal level the reader can comprehend, understand, sympathise with.' -- Forbidden Planet

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5.0 out of 5 stars World War One as it really was ! 11 Jun 2014
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Brilliant ! If you want to understand World War One and what the French soldiers thought about it buy this book ! Well written brilliantly researched and amazing illustrations. The best depiction of this war since charley's war came out in 1979.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Basis of 20th Century Turmoil 27 July 2013
By Richard C. Geschke - Published on Amazon.com
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In retrospect the whole foundation of the politics of the 20th century really got off to a bad start with the residual old staid European hierarchy controlling the strings of their puppets and leading the masses into a war which for the life of me I can't remember the reason for it!

Most baby boomers remember the rehashing of WWII ad nauseam as they grew up. The Battle of the Bulge, D Day, and Pearl Harbor etc. were things that were discussed and shown in movie theaters and on TV. What had been completely lost in this study of the Second World War was that the causes of the greatest war the world has ever seen emanated in the Great War of 1914/1918. This great slaughter is well told by Jacques Tardi's graphic depiction of Goddamn This War!

This book gives very graphic detail as to what transpired in WWI. The pictures are haunting as Tardi shows what the war was really all about. Not only are the pictures telling a story of horror, it is the thoughts of a French soldier who tells us of what is transpiring around him. In this narrative detail we learn that all common soldiers were just fodder thrown against each other to satisfy the aristocracy of all sides in this horrific war.

In fact as Tardi counts down the years in this depiction of WWI we learn the thoughts of this French soldier as it slowly occurs to him that the Germans he is fighting are very much like him. It dawns on him that all the common soldiers belong to the brotherhood and that they are all being led by the elitist aristocracy who are only interested in maintaining their wealth. The French soldier realizes that the German "Fritz" whom he is fighting is more like him than his illustrious elitist leaders.

Tardi shows to all the frustrations and the foibles of fighting a war which by 1918 all have forgotten why the war was fought. To make matters worse the peace designed by the infamous Treaty of Versailles in and of itself bore the seeds of discontent in Germany and in fact brought us WWII. And so it goes! This books shows to all the futility and wastefulness of war!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of a war comic, rarely seen 21 Aug 2013
By KeenWarBuff - Published on Amazon.com
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As a fan of Jacques Tardi's work, this book can only be compared to his previous piece, It was the War of the Trenches. That last book contained smaller, more personal stories that did not appear in a linear form.

Goddamn this War! (Putain de Guerre for you French readers), is an even better work. The First World War is presented from the French side, with multiple forays into the German perspective. Tardi's art is vibrant and horrific, and the extent of his research is apparent in the minute details of uniforms and weapons. The bleak tone of the book is made apparent even as the color scheme shifts from the green plains of the early war to the dark, grey, and muddy trenches they were reduced to. The story follows a French soldier who lives through the entire war (though he gets out far from unscathed). His negative perspective on the entire event is a juxtaposition to the acts of the French generals and officers who send their men into the meat grinder.

This book had me captivated from beginning to end, with its art and its words. It's brilliance makes me wonder why there are not more war comics produced today, as they offer a setting that both horrifies and educates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goddamn the generals, politicians and absurd and pointless patriotism 29 Nov 2013
By Gino Palladino - Published on Amazon.com
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Tardi returns to World War I, an almost forgotten war (almost all of people alive today was spared of this stupid war, but we must not forget its stupidity and absurdness) overshadowed by WWII, but as cruel and terrible as its sequel. A war in which human lives were a lot cheaper than a bullet or a bomb, cheaper than 3 meters of terrain.

This graphic novel avoids the traps of conventionalism taking a non linear narrative that loosely follows only soem sort of chronological order, focusing on the writings of an anonymous French soldier.

Jacques Tardi , a master of his craft, shifts effortlessly between loose sketch-like images and very detailed vignettes of a war that eroded all traces of civilization (and most of Europe and its youth) with terrible brutality. If you like anti war statements and European style graphic novels this is as good as they come. For companion music listen to PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake.
5.0 out of 5 stars An alternative look 18 Jun 2014
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Most Great War stories tell of heroism (albeit romanticized), the invention of new weapons that can kill more efficiently, the modern logistics infrastructures such as railroads that transport soldiers to their deaths faster, and the intricate alliance between European cousins that helped paved the way for the inevitable war.

I enjoy stories from soldiers on the ground, what they came up against, their friends being killed in front of them, their longing for home. With these stories, it hopefully gives people pause when it comes to killing another human being just for the sake of country (or in the case of the Great War, either "for King and Country" or "Barbarians against Western Civilization").

This book is well made, illustrations are top notch, and the story inside humanizing...
5.0 out of 5 stars Goddamn This War! 8 April 2014
By Bartok Kinski - Published on Amazon.com
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A graphic novel masterpiece, "Goddamn This War!" is the archetypal "anti-war" cartoon, retaining its emotional power. Many of the battle and trench sequences are impressive, even by graphic novel standards.

This graphic novel hit the nail on the head in that the only ones that want war are the elite leaders, and political and war manufacturers.

"It Was the War of the Trenches" was the first part of the Jacques Tardi trench battle illustrated cartoons. "Goddamn This War!" is the second.

Makes a great companion piece along with "Journey to the End of the Night" by Louis-Ferdinand Celine, which Jacques Tardi illustrated, in "Voyage au bout de la nuit" (Futuropolis, 1988).
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