Alan's War

Alan's War

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"When I was 18, 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.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2008.
ISBN: 9781596430969
Characteristics: 304 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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Apr 10, 2017

Text very small and hard to read. Drawings are a little crude, but effective. Story okay, if a little dull.

Apr 04, 2017

Fascinating read. Highly recommended.

Dec 31, 2012

I found this to be a great first person narrative of one person's experience of WWII. Alan didn't fight in the war; however, his experience is no less valuable for that. This is an accessible record of one person's experience.

KEVIN DOWD Sep 28, 2011

interesting concept of a comic book depiction of Alan's wartime memories.

Unfortunately he didn't get there until after the fighting and the book really has nothing to do with WWII itself.

Oct 19, 2010

Not earthshaking blood and guts, but a refreshingly non-bombasic non-chauvenistic account of the WWII military and then subsequent civilian life of US soldier Alan Cope.
The book is a biographical comic strip commencing with his youth as a paper boy in Pasadena, California, through his induction into the US Army, training as an armoured car gunner, arrival in France February 1945, subsequent advance through France into Germany, and then Czechoslovakia, occupation duties, discharge and repatriation to the US, reunion with family, pursuance of a theological career, disiilusion with religion, and life in the United States, and migration to France where he settled.

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