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L'enfance d'Alan by Emmanuel Guibert

L'enfance d'Alan (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Emmanuel Guibert

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Title:L'enfance d'Alan
Authors:Emmanuel Guibert
Info:L'Association (2012), Relié, 159 pages
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How the World Was: A California Childhood by Emmanuel Guibert (2012)



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Wow. I didn't expect this book to be as good as it was. I expected it to be great. I bought it after reading only the first 4 pages. But even after being caught by the first few pictures, it blew me away. As the subtitle explains, it's a memoir of a California childhood. Basically it tells the story of the people who where already in California during the Depression, kinda a good counterpoint to Grapes of Wrath that I just read. There were some weird parts that I probably wouldn't have included if I were writing up this memoir, but there were so many little memories that made it undeniably true. You don't just think up this stuff, you have to live it. And it gives me a greater understanding of my home state of California and my adopted city of Los Angeles. ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
Entirely Engrossing! This is the prequel to "Alan's War", which I haven't read yet. Written in a first person perspective, it is the story of Alan Cole's life growing up, and his family's, during the Great Depression. A touching story from a man with deep insight into the human condition. Rivetting. Guibert's art is fantastic! Though I haven't read "Alan's War", I have read "The Photographer" and the style is similar to it. Guibert uses his own pencil sketches plus actual photographs along with a unique process whereby he combines photographs into sketches, sometimes leaving some of the photo behind, other times, completely turning it into a sketch. Loved every single thing about this historical memoir. ( )
  ElizaJane | Jan 5, 2015 |
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In 1994 a French cartoonist named Emmanuel Gilbert met an American war veteran named Alan Cope. The two became fast friends and Emmanuel decided that Alan’s story needed to be shared with the world. Gilbert shared Cope’s experiences and story as an American GI in France in WWII in a graphic novel titled “Alan’s War.” But Gilbert was not done telling Alan’s story. He began working on his friend’s life growing up in California during the Great Depression. Sadly cope died before the work could be finished, but Gilbert continued work and “How the World Was” is the result. Gilbert captures Cope’s life growing up and what America was like during that time period in honor of his friend’s memory.

Gilbert is a master storyteller and illustrator and deftly honors his friend’s memory in this book. Instead of trying to create a plot or a story, Gilbert gives us snapshots of Cope’s life. Of what it was like to grow up in California, before WWII, before smog, before crowds, before anything that we consider “Californian” today. He captures the high and low points in the memories of Cope, of family, of life, and of the changes that occurred over time. He doesn’t try to sugarcoat things or try to create more drama than there is, Gilbert just tells Cope’s story. The art is beautiful and consists of soft lyrical watercolors in a muted tone that fit the time period and the journey well. And they give the reader a sense of what it was like growing up and living during that time.

This is a book that you’ll want to read and then go back to a few more times as you learn more about the history of the time period and of Cope’s memories. Gilbert has created a lasting memorial for his friend and it is well worth picking up. 4 out of 5 stars ( )
  zzshupinga | Jul 13, 2014 |
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In 1994, French cartoonist Emmanuel Guibert befriended an American veteran named Alan Cope and began creating his new friend's graphic biography. Alan's War was the surprising and moving result: the story of Cope's experiences as an American GI in France during World War II.

How the World Was is Emmanuel Guibert's moving return to documenting the life of his friend. Cope died several years ago, as Guibert was just beginning work on this book, but Guibert has kept working to commit his friend's story to paper. Cope grew up in California during the great depression, and this remarkable graphic novel details the little moments that make a young man's life...while capturing the scope of America during the great depression.

A lyrical, touching portrait, How the World Was is a gift for a dear friend in the last moments of his life... and also a meditation on the birth of modern America.

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