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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: 87,015
"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."
Gr 10 Up-Cope was a paper delivery boy in California in 1941 when Pearl Harbor was bombed. A couple of years later, at 18, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and shipped off to Europe. In 1994, he met cartoonist Guibert and recounted his wartime experiences and what he'd thought of them during the intervening years. The resulting book-published in France a year after Cope's death in 1999-puts readers nearly inside the skin of a young man who learns to deal with Army regulations, a number of Western cultures, friendships, and what turned out to be a lifelong exploration of life's possible meanings. Guibert allows Cope to speak directly from the pages, where the images he is describing unfold in small, neat panels in which grays, black line, and open white space provide details of expression, furnishings, the open countryside, and military equipment. Guibert and Cope are well matched and compelling as storytellers. There is no central dramatic moment here-Cope's major wartime work involved neither attacks nor defenses-but the complete honesty offers insights and answers often omitted in war stories. Cope becomes so real that, as he ages across the final quarter of the book, teens will stay involved with how his youthful experiences and ideals colored his mature choices and memories.--Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia "School Library Journal "