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Tin Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman Paperback – September 21, 1984


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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd (September 21, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241113636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241113639
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,973,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The book itself was a classic of its kind - an excellent parody of the Falklands War.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
Raymond Briggs is one of the finest cartoonists that ever lived and an incredibly gifted and natural storyteller. The Snowman is one of the most pure and classic Christmas stories ever, while I'll never forget reading Fungus the Bogeyman when I was a kid and loving every comically grotesque and funny panel. As an adult I rediscovered Briggs by reading When the Wind Blows, a powerful story of the Cold War, and Gentleman Jim, a deceptively simple story of a cleaner. Maybe the best Briggs book though is Ethel and Ernest, the story of Briggs' parents and his tribute to them - simply put, beautiful. If you're not bawling by the end, you're not human. Seriously, if you want to read a comic with bags of heart and elegant art, read that book.

Amidst all of that is Briggs' 1984 classic indictment of the Thatcher Administration and the Falklands conflict, now reprinted in the year of Thatcher's death: The Tin Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman. The Tin Pot General was Argentine General Leopoldo Galtieri and of course Margaret Thatcher was the Old Iron Woman. In less than 50 pages, Briggs satirises the pettiness of the conflict that was the Falklands war while capturing the devastation war brings to those caught up in it.

He switches styles from brash cartoonish satirical wizardry to drawing in quiet pencils to depict the fallen and permanently injured soldiers - it's a haunting sequence and a stark change of pace from the flamboyant way he draws Thatcher and Galtieri. Briggs wrote this as a satire on the Falklands but really it could be about any war. The losers are always ordinary people who are quickly forgotten by those who instigated the conflict in the first place, and pointless wars continue to be waged.
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By Jayelle Kay on December 3, 2014
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A not for children story about the perils and folly of war from the usual writer of children's books, Raymond Briggs. It was a bit jarring to see some of the suggestive imagery rendered in his usual colored pencil sketch style. Gone are the round, soft hued and cuddly forms of the children's characters, replaced with sharp angles and much bolder colors. The rounder shapes are reserved for those who suffer the most in a senseless or pointless war.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. C. Whitcomb on April 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book just after the Falklands conflict in the mid-80s. I enjoy the artwork of cartoonist/satirist Gerald Scarfe, and this little story book reminded my of his work. It's not by Scarfe, but it uses the same brand of biting humor and grotesque imagery to good effect. It was designed like a children's book, but it's a children's story for adults. Regrettably, my copy was misplaced in a move, so all I have are the memories of this poignant tale from the Thatcher Era.
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