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How the World Was: A California Childhood Paperback – July 15, 2014
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“How the World Was is a companion graphic biography to Guibert's Alan's War.” ―VOYA
“This is a magical and important work of art.” ―Publisher's Weekly, starred review
“This epic graphic memoir spans oceans and generations, with a narrative as engrossing as the artistry that illustrates it.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review for Alan's War
“Guibert's fluid, simple but assured linework captures the personalities of Cope and his friends, elevating the material to a far more affecting level.” ―Publisher's Weekly, starred review for Alan's War
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The first person narration tells the childhood tale of a boy born in 1925 as he grew up in Southern California -- a simpler California than the one that exists today. His quiet memories are occasionally updated to let the reader know what happened to friends and relatives (mostly, they died "in poverty and in sorrow"). Some of the images are drawings of family photographs and in many ways, the story is the narration of a family album.
The story is told in a gentle, honest voice that accentuates its depth of feeling. Reading How the World Was is like listening to a beloved grandfather explain the joys and hardships of his family's life and his own awe of the ever-changing world. The narrator has learned to live with grief but the grief lives on in his memory. He cannot change the hard times -- that's how the world was -- but they have taught him to appreciate life. When he quotes Rodin's belief that artists experience pain as well as "the bitter joy of being able to comprehend and express it," Emmanuel Guibert is clearly talking about the effort he devoted to this volume. How the World Was is a surprisingly moving story and a remarkably effective feat of story-telling.
The '20s and '30s were an era in which America and Southern California became recognizably 'modern' in many ways, but which in others, such as the primitive standard of medicine, was still mired in the past, with tragic consequences for Cope and his mother. For those interested in regional history and in a sense of the rhythms, the joys and tragedies of the everyday life of this period, Cope's memoir is a rewarding read and very much recommended.
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A+++++++ item as described, nothing wrong with the book. Quick shipping glad doing business highly recommendedPublished 2 months ago by Rihan
A wonderful companion book to "Alan's War". The artwork is captivating, and the simple story is well told.Published 10 months ago by Timothy R. Strane
Amazing story. Calm, other worldly. The guy is down to earth and very open minded for his time.Published 17 months ago by Dennis