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- Publisher: FIRST SECOND
- Format: Paperback | 292 pages
- Dimensions: 166mm x 246mm x 26mm | 640g
- Publication date: 5 December 2008
- Publication City/Country: New Milford
- ISBN 10: 1596430966
- ISBN 13: 9781596430969
- Edition: 26
- Edition statement: Twenty-Sixth.
- Illustrations note: chiefly col. Illustrations
- Sales rank: 80,317
"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.
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Emmanuel Guibert has written a great many graphic novels for readers young and old, among them the "Sardine in Outer Space" series and "The Professor's Daughter" with Joann Sfar. In 1994, a chance encounter with an American World War II veteran named Alan Cope marked the beginning of a deep friendship and the birth of a great biographical epic. Another of Guibert's recent works is "The Photographer." Showered with awards, translated around the world and soon to come from First Second books, it relates a Doctors Without Borders mission in 1980's Afghanistan through the eyes of a great reporter, the late Didier Lefevre. Guibert lives in Paris with his wife and daughter.
Starred Review in Publisher's WeeklyGuibert writes and draws for American G.I. Alan Cope in this poignant and frank graphic memoir of a young soldier who was told to serve his country in WWII and how it changed him forever. When he first enters Fort Knox at 18, he is young and impressionable, more of a dreamer than "the military type." Slowly, Cope grows through his experiences in the war. He forges candid friendships with his fellow soldiers and remains ever insightful in his recollections of the war and his life afterward. Together, Cope and Guibert forge a story that resonates with humanity. Guibert's illustrations capture the time period vividly. While the subject matter is familiar from many wartime memoirs, Guibert's fluid, simple but assured linework captures the personalities of Cope and his friends, elevating the material to a far more affecting level.Starred Review in Kirkus ReviewsThis epic graphic memoir spans oceans and generations, with a narrative as engrossing as the artistry that illustrates it.In his preface, renowned French graphic novelist Guibert (co-author: "The Professor's Daughter," 2007, etc.) explains the bond he shared with the much older Cope, who had served as an American soldier during World War II and left his native country to return to France in the aftermath. "He spoke well; I listened well," writes Guibert. "Save two or three, his anecdotes were nothing spectacular. They evoked only very remotely what movies or books about the Second World War had taught me. Still, I found them captivating, because of the accents of truth they contained. I could literally see what he was describing." Now the American reader can as well -- (the first volume of the collaboration was initially published in France in 2000, the year after Cope's death). As the title suggests, this is one man's war memories, filled not with tales of larger-than-life heroism but with the chance encounters, tragic absurdities and small kindnesses experienced