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Twists Of Fate (2013)

by Paco Roca

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Eisner-award winner Paco Roca reconstructs World War II through the memories of Miguel Ruiz, a member of 'La Nueve,' a company of men that went from fighting against the Franco regime in the Spanish Civil War to battles across Europe and Africa, spurred on by their patriotism and hate for brutal dictatorships. Ruiz's stories are filled with horror and humor but Twists of Fate is much more than a forgotten hero's personal story. It's a timely look into what we remember and why we forget, a reminder that everyone has a tale to tell, and an ode to a generation that stood up to, and beat back, violent fascism.… (more)
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A fairly engrossing historical fiction about World War II from the perspective of Miguel Ruiz, a Spanish Republican who flees Spain at the end of its civil war only to enlist with the Free French army in order to continue the fight against fascists in northern Africa and France. Half of the book is set in the present day with Paco Roca inserting himself into the story as he tracks down and interviews the elderly, grumpy and taciturn Ruiz. It's a nice reminder that the allied forces in Europe and Africa consisted of more than just Americans, the British and the French and a dark reminder of how the Spanish people were left to suffer under the oppression of Francisco Franco at the end of World War II. ( )
  villemezbrown | Nov 15, 2021 |
Mucha información, pero ameno. ( )
  Orellana_Souto | Jul 27, 2021 |
Si no fos per què l'autor ja el va guanyar l'any 2008 per 'Arrugas', aquest llibre fa olor de Premio Nacional del Cómic. ( )
  acornet | Mar 22, 2020 |
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Why call them paths, these twists of fate? - Antonio Machado
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Port of Alicante, March 28, 1939.
"It hasn't arrived!"
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Contents: Chapter I: Tuesday / The End -- Chapter II: Wednesday / Exile -- Chapter III: Thursday / A Prisoner of Sand -- Chapter IV: Friday / At Arms Again -- Chapter V: Friday Afternoon / The Free French Army -- Chapter VI: Saturday / Return to Europe -- Chapter VII: Saturday Afternoon / The Invasion of France -- Chapter VIII: Monday / Écouché Secured -- Chapter IX: Monday Afternoon / Straight to Paris -- Chapter X: Monday Night / The Road to Madrid -- Chapter XI: Tuesday / The Stateless -- Epilogue by Robert S. Coale -- Acknowledgments by Paco Roca
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Eisner-award winner Paco Roca reconstructs World War II through the memories of Miguel Ruiz, a member of 'La Nueve,' a company of men that went from fighting against the Franco regime in the Spanish Civil War to battles across Europe and Africa, spurred on by their patriotism and hate for brutal dictatorships. Ruiz's stories are filled with horror and humor but Twists of Fate is much more than a forgotten hero's personal story. It's a timely look into what we remember and why we forget, a reminder that everyone has a tale to tell, and an ode to a generation that stood up to, and beat back, violent fascism.

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