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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
About the Author
New York Times-Bestselling author Emmanuel Guibert has written a great many graphic novels for readers young and old, among them the Sardine in Outer Space series, The Professor's Daughter with Joann Sfar, the critically acclaimed WWII biography Alan's War, and the New York Times-bestselling The Photographer with Didier Lefevre. His most recent graphic novel is a prequel to Alan's War, How the World Was. Guibert lives in Paris with his wife and daughter.
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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.
This is a good graphic memoir, a biography instead of a superhero book. This follows in the graphic novel tradition of Maus, Persepolis, and Alan's War among others. Each of those I would recommend over this book. However, this is a fine book to explore after you have read some of the rest.