When I was eighteen, Uncle Sam told me he d like me to put on a uniform and go off to fight a guy by the name of Adolf So I did When Alan Cope joined the army and went off to fight in World War II, he had no idea what he was getting into This graphic memoir is the story of his life during wartime, a story told with poignant intimacy and matchless artistry Across a generation, a deep friendship blossomed between Alan Cope and author artist Emmanuel Guibert From it, Alan s War was born a graphic novel that is a deeply personal and moving experience, straight from the heart of the Greatest Generation a unique piece of WWII literature and a ground breaking graphic memoir....
|Title||:||Alan's War: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope|
|Publisher||:||First Second 1 edition October 28, 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
|File Size||:||581 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Alan's War: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope Reviews
At first blush, this graphic novel might seem disappointing -- No violence, no purple hearts, no Hollywood heroics. Alan Cope led a basically quiet life that started when he was sent to Europe during the occupation/rebuilding of France and Germany (his stations). However, it's the everyday things, the quiet observations, and the personal revelations that remind us that war isn't just the John Wayne's or A. Murphy's of Hollywood: Guibert reminds us that everyday people donned uniforms and did their duty, then returned to civilian life ... Simple as that, and that fact matters.
Alan's War and The Photographer are my favorite Emmanuel Guibert books. These memoirs are well executed and feel unique among graphic novels.
My first graphic novel, I cannot praise this touching, true story enough. The illustrations are perfect, the story real; it "shows" rather than "tells" the realities of war and being a soldier.
This is an interesting memoir in graphic novel style. The pictures have an elegant simplicity. A French author, years after the fact, illustrated the stories of a young American G.I. who happened to arrive in Europe just as WWII was ending. He was a sensitive observer, and made some interesting friendships in that curious post-war period. Imagine touring Europe in a tank!
In an amazing act of cultural sympathy, French cartoonist Emmanuel Guibert befriended the elderly US vert Alan Cope and now proceeds to tell Cope's own story as though Cope was still with us, playing the ventriloquist. Guibert has a finely tuned ear for the enthusiasms and hesitancies of his former friend, and ALAN'S WAR stands as an inspiring tribute to the power of friendship between generations, for you'd have to be awfully sensitive to be able to catch to this degree the nuances of a generation born in the 1920s, not to mention rendering all of Alan's adventures in a complementary, impressionistic panoply of evocative panels. We can almost imagine that Cope wrote this himself!
This is a remarkable book. Guibert's style is immediately engaging -- it sounds corny but it was easy to believe he was speaking directly to me. The art is equally engaging. It supports the story without distracting, and provides a fantastic sense of time and place. They worked together to keep me riveted from cover to cover.
It's remarkable how boring WWII can be when you spend 300+ pages memorializing the experiences of a GI who saw no combat, saw very little suffering or death, and spent most of his time fraternizing with Nazi civilians. He is clueless about the consequences of the war, the war crimes committed, the nazis, etc. He is completely incurious about Germany or the war itself. He disobeys orders and fraternizes with enemies because they feed him good food and play classical music on their piano. Utterly stupid. Its like a boy scout encampment where the only thing he wonders about is whether his bunkmates are gay. His only brush with mortality is when he almost gets run over by his own tank. The sequel re the GI's California childhood must be even worse. The artwork is OK but quite unexceptional.