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Dotter of Her Father's Eyes (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Mary Talbot, Bryan Talbot

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Title:Dotter of Her Father's Eyes
Authors:Mary Talbot
Other authors:Bryan Talbot
Info:Jonathan Cape (2012), Hardcover, 96 pages
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Dotter of her father's eyes by Mary M. Talbot (2012)




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This remarkable graphic novel won the Costa Award for biography in 2012; but it's actually two biographies, the story of Lucia Joyce, daughter of James, and of Mary Talbot, daughter of a famous Joycean scholar, and how their family dynamics were jointly shaped by their fathers' application of the traditional principles in their personal lives which they eschewed in literature. Lucia's is the more tragic story, thwarted from a promising dancing career (briefly distracted by Samuel Beckett) and eventually hospitalised for many years before her death; Mary managed to find a life partner who eventually illustrated her story and Lucia's. It's very good. ( )
  nwhyte | Jun 9, 2014 |
"Dotter of Her Father's Eyes" weaves together the two biographies of author Mary Talbot and esteemed dancer Lucia Joyce. Talbot's father was a famous James Joyce scholar, and Lucia's father was James Joyce, which creates a parallel that draws their two stories together.

With only 88 pages, "Dotter of Her Father's Eyes" does not have space to delve into much depth on either of the women's lives. While what is there is interesting enough, and certainly well illustrated, much of the narrative relies on broad strokes that sweep over decades at a time. ( )
  jasonli | Nov 22, 2013 |
Not a review, just a couple of random points.

I did like the way Mary commented wryly on Bryan's drawings, pointing out that her mother would never have worn a frilly apron, or that one of Bryan's childhood books had been sneaked into a drawing of Mry's childhood books, and so on.

Oddly enough it seemed to me that the drawings of Mary's childhood were more reminiscent of Scott McCloud's Zot! than of Bryan's usual art style.

Life doesn't have a neat shape; although Lucia's story was reasonably rounded off, Mary's story seems to end in media res, but then her life's not actually over, or anything. I did feel that her section of story wasn't very "formed". ( )
  comixminx | Apr 5, 2013 |
This is a book about fathas and daughters, about fathers and dotters of i's. 'Gender politics' is too heavy a phrase for it - this personalizes the political, as opposed to its opposite. The great enjoyment of the work is in seeing how it packs ambiguity even into the most apparently simple of scenes. The words and pictures work together as nexus of symbols, opening out interpretations while the whole keeps a nice linear track. ( )
  freelancer_frank | Dec 18, 2012 |
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gender politics is very much the powerful engine that hums beneath the bonnet of the dual narrative – or, more specifically, the opportunities (or lack thereof) offered to young women. ...This is a slim volume in relatively small dimensions, but it's a surprisingly dense narrative. It's a bit like the Tardis: much bigger on the inside.
Both narratives are elegantly done. Talbot has a keen eye for the revealing detail, an important skill if you are working in comics. She makes connections, but never labours them. ... their exquisite and moving book feels like a celebration, for all that there is so much sadness between its covers. It says: we have survived – and we still like each other so much, we have made this.
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Part personal history, part biography, Dotter of Her Father''s Eyes contrasts two coming-of-age narratives: that of Lucia, the daughter of James Joyce, and that of author Mary Talbot, daughter of the eminent Joycean scholar James S. Atherton. Social expectations and gender politics, thwarted ambitions and personal tragedy are played out against two contrasting historical backgrounds, poignantly evoked by the atmospheric visual storytelling of award-winning graphic-novel pioneer Bryan Talbot.… (more)

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