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Alan's War Paperback – 5 Dec 2008
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'Guibert illuminates in tender outlines and lustrous washes the Second World War reminiscences of an American GI.'
About the Author
Emmanuel Guibert has written a great many graphic novels for readers young and old, among them the "Sardine in Outer Space" series and "The Professor's Daughter" with Joann Sfar.In 1994, a chance encounter with an American World War II veteran named Alan Cope marked the beginning of a deep friendship and the birth of a great biographical epic.Another of Guibert's recent works is "The Photographer." Showered with awards, translated around the world and soon to come from First Second books, it relates a Doctors Without Borders mission in 1980's Afghanistan through the eyes of a great reporter, the late Didier Lefevre.Guibert lives in Paris with his wife and daughter."
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The overall impact of this reflection and relating of an ordinary life becomes something extraordinary, Guibert's expressive and beautiful artwork, drawn from references and from imagination, bringing it all together and making it come alive. FirstSecond deserve credit for making great work like this available to English readers. Published in full across over 300 pages of high quality paper in this outstanding edition, reproducing photographs and letters, and costing next-to-nothing this really deserves to be read by more people. I can't imagine anyone reading this wondrous, heartbreaking and thought-provoking book and not being deeply moved.
A biography of G.I. Alan Cope's life, from when he enlists to fight in the Second World War onwards, the work is at turns both interesting and deeply moving.
This is not a war story full of action and combat, rather the war sections of the graphic novel focus on one man's experience of the emotions of war and his integration into the military machine. The non-war sections are about friendship, the chance encounters of life and attempting to grasp the true meaning of things.
In terms of artwork, while I must admit that my understanding of art is not overly sophisticated, in my humble opinion there are many images in this work which could stand alone and be impressive- the level of artwork is among the best I have seen in graphic novels.
The prologue by the artist himself, which explains how he came to write the story of Alan Cope, is also very interesting. It gives the novel context and makes you appreciate the work which went into it.
Really, a wonderful work which I look forward to re-reading and sharing with those dear to me.
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