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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling & Page-Turning, March 1, 2012
This review is from: Dotter of Her Father's Eyes (Hardcover)
Reason for Reading: I am a big fan of graphic memoirs and biographies.

A totally engaging story about two female figures, each with their own claim to fame, and yet not readily recognizable to the world at large. The book is a mixture of b/w when telling the story of Lucia Joyce (James Joyce's daughter), b/w with bits of colour for the story of the author's childhood and full colour when in the author's present. This along with the text easily helps the reader to know what time period/whose story is being told. The author's story of her upbringing with a moody father who becomes more and more domineering and angry is a riveting one made even more so when contrasted with that of Lucia Joyce's upbringing by a father who was very much temporally similar to her own. This holds special interest when one father was an eminent scholar of the other.

I found the story compelling and page-turning. I don't know much about Joyce myself, except that he lead a colourful life. I'm not exactly a fan; I have read one book, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and have no desire to read any of his other work, but I do still find the lives of people from his era fascinating from a social history aspect. I enjoyed the female leads (though the author manages to use a few frames to espouse her own anti-Catholic bigotry) and how they were affected by the eras they lived in simply by being female, how they rebelled against the norms of their times and what it did to them, or how they settled. Both women's stories contain tragedy and triumph though not both in the same order. Highly recommended, whether you have an interest in James Joyce or not, as the story is more focused on the female experience in ages past.
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Initial post: Nov 22, 2012 11:47:21 PM PST
monica says:
I don't think questioning the Church's strictures on birth control amount to anti-Catholic bigotry--just commenting because people who haven't read the book might get a false impression of it from that remark . . . cheers.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 2:16:21 AM PST
It's more than one simple questioning. It's several disdaiful remarks, including one on Catholic education. The author's sympathies are apparent.
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