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Written and Illustrated by Emmanuel, this graphic memoir reads like you are sitting and talking to an old uncle about his life Cope, a WWII vet, tells of his experience in the service during WWII and his life after the war The black and white illustrations are beautiful and really help tell the story, giving you a feel for the people and places which pass through Cope s life That is what it feels like too, Cope is just passing through life, he has no real friends, no real attachment to a pers Written and Illustrated by Emmanuel, this graphic memoir reads like you are sitting and talking to an old uncle about his life Cope, a WWII vet, tells of his experience in the service during WWII and his life after the war The black and white illustrations are beautiful and really help tell the story, giving you a feel for the people and places which pass through Cope s life That is what it feels like too, Cope is just passing through life, he has no real friends, no real attachment to a person or a place, he is adrift with no direction While the look at service during WWII is interesting and worth the read, Cope s life after the war left me with a depressing feeling that brought down my enjoyment of this memoir I read this in one sitting It was pleasant, not perfect, but I like that it exists There s something very charming about an illustrator who happens to become friends with a World War 2 veteran, especially when that veteran spills his guts on anything and everything from his youth Cope includes many things that aren t typically revealed in war memoirs from the 90s, like his nearly being sexually assaulted by men from his own unit, and the many philosophical revelations he goes through post I read this in one sitting It was pleasant, not perfect, but I like that it exists There s something very charming about an illustrator who happens to become friends with a World War 2 veteran, especially when that veteran spills his guts on anything and everything from his youth Cope includes many things that aren t typically revealed in war memoirs from the 90s, like his nearly being sexually assaulted by men from his own unit, and the many philosophical revelations he goes through post war It is just truly gratifying that this exists and that you get to read about this man who honestly seems like the nicest guy ever.It isn t a perfect product, but it gave me goosebumps when I finished it It s quite good Artwork Superb It s my favorite thing about this book A lot of these illustrations look like photographs out of focus or as if they were 3D That being said, it also makes for an impersonal graphic account of Alan s story As beautiful as the artwork is, you never get a sense of who Alan is You don t get those facial expressions to convey what s going on at that particular moment This really islike sitting down with an older person as they tell you the story behind an album of old pho Artwork Superb It s my favorite thing about this book A lot of these illustrations look like photographs out of focus or as if they were 3D That being said, it also makes for an impersonal graphic account of Alan s story As beautiful as the artwork is, you never get a sense of who Alan is You don t get those facial expressions to convey what s going on at that particular moment This really islike sitting down with an older person as they tell you the story behind an album of old photographs, interesting, but without allowing you to invest a personal stake in the memories.The printed text is also beautiful to look at I ve read some graphic novels where it was so hard to read the text either because it was so jumbled together, too dark, or illegible print This font is not only beautiful, but is neat and color appropriate, dark against light background and light against dark background I never had to squint or struggle to figure out what the text said I m very critical of illegible handwriting I cannot help it There was a time when kids were actually graded on their penmanship and if our papers looked messy or were hard to read we were made to erase it all and start again It was part of our report card Handwriting is a hobby of mine can you call it that , so the print in this book really stuck out for me, in a good way.The story for me lacked substance I failed to get a sense of what being in the war was I hate to downplay someone s role in such a historical event, but what I got from this was a somewhat cushioned involvement in the war We don t see much of the fighting, the deprivations, that Alan may have gone through He earns a Purple Heart medal only because his sergeant insistently asked Alan if he d gotten hurt in the war When Alan tells him no, the sergeant keeps insisting Perhaps a scratch or a bruise, he asks Well, Alan did fall off a ladder once his fault Good enough for the sergeant Alan gets a medal It was a lot of socializing and meeting people and forging friendships with lots of males, which brings me to this point now I felt like the author did not dare ask Alan about his sexuality He alluded several time in the book that Alan may have been gay This may not have been relevant to the story of war, but it would have been interesting to see how this may have been handled back then We see a couple of instances where something may have been revealed We see the excitement Alan has when talking about a new male friend, but never the same excitement with females At one point, Alan mentions that after the war he moves to France, then asks Why France Well, Alan decides not to tell the reader because that s his adult secret life Huh Then why bring it up At another point in time, he wonders whether his refusal to kiss a male friend provoked the man to commit suicide He regrets not helping out by obliging If the author chose to include these tidbits, he certainly felt no need to address them, which makes for a glossed over recollection of a life, where one chooses to only show what s good, but not what s bad I remember reading this in 5th grade I loved reading this book and would recommend it to almost anyone It seems like it is just a war story but it really isabout Alan Cope You get to learn about what happened in his life and it is very interesting I also like how you get to hear about his life after war It shows how war changed him and I think that is very interesting to see. This is a wonderful book The English edition compiles the three volumes of the original French, which were written years apart Books 1 2 focus on the young Alan being sent to fight in Europe Book 3 is about the post war years and all the relationships he formed over the years This is a very wordy graphic novel, reading like a monologue Alan is a deeply observant and sensitive young man and we can t help but identify with his experiences and daily struggles The drawings are economic but v This is a wonderful book The English edition compiles the three volumes of the original French, which were written years apart Books 1 2 focus on the young Alan being sent to fight in Europe Book 3 is about the post war years and all the relationships he formed over the years This is a very wordy graphic novel, reading like a monologue Alan is a deeply observant and sensitive young man and we can t help but identify with his experiences and daily struggles The drawings are economic but very efective A memoir of Alan Cope s experience as a soldier in WW II in Europe, illustrated by amazingly talented artist Emmanuel Guibert, who elevates and honors a common man s simple, mostly joyful life Likeable guy, unremarkable, not sensational in the least, with no accounts of great battles, only the every day away from the front, mostly positive experiences which led him to keep connected with the military after the war If you like stories of Macbeth or Patton, skip this book, this is the story of a A memoir of Alan Cope s experience as a soldier in WW II in Europe, illustrated by amazingly talented artist Emmanuel Guibert, who elevates and honors a common man s simple, mostly joyful life Likeable guy, unremarkable, not sensational in the least, with no accounts of great battles, only the every day away from the front, mostly positive experiences which led him to keep connected with the military after the war If you like stories of Macbeth or Patton, skip this book, this is the story of an every day foot soldier, a nice guy who makes many life long friends through the experience Sort of a non historian s view of the war I liked it a lot There s one sort of sub motif, unstated, though I see other reviewers also were curious is Alan gay He hints at it, but never reveals Is this important Nah, but it gets hinted at Sex and soldiering is discussed, but Cope s sexual experiences with the exception of a couple failed experiences and indication of a later failed marriage are not discussed, though hinted at in a way that makes the reader curious, I think One other issue that is interesting is why Cope decides to not live in America after the war his family didn t send him off warmly, which hurt him, and he comes to prefer Europe as deeper than the US He seems to make friends with people who are talented and who have friends who are famous people, but we don t see Cope as having a particular talent for anything Yet I turn the pages, find him likeable and engaging, a historian of the every day Guibert listens to Cope s story and draws what HE sees, and this impressionistic result, with plenty of space for reader imagination construction, works for Cope Cope likes it even if the places Guibert imagines are nothing like the ones in Cope s memory and for me Guibert has the same level of forgiveness for Cope s obvious little mistakes who cares Leave it as he said, it s not important, etc., what s important is his storytelling.Guibert is a French non fiction graphic biographer, journalist The Journalist is his much acclaimed work but I liked this better for its intimacy and charm and for the friendship it gives evidence to of pretty amazing talent I liked this muchthan I thought I would I have just read Onward Toward our Noble Death, a Japanese soldier anti war memoir by Mizuki, and taken together, both help you reflect on the experience of the every day soldier an experience my Dad, both brothers and I avoided, thank goodness I also just finished A Chinese Life by Li and it is also a compelling story of an unremarkable guy, also documenting a life that covers those but for Li, non soldier years, also just a regular guy, and all three memoirs show us the buffonery and in Mizuki s case the tragedy of bureaucracy, of thinking like a state All three people come off asinteresting than any superior officer, for sure And the art is terrific I ve just finished reading and re reading a bit also Alan s war, in its original French edition It s a great piece of work, being both Art and documentary When you know the second world war and you ve enjoyed the great novels that satirize it by Evelyn Waugh and many others by staying close to the truth, you can probably laugh through the first two thirds of this book It isn t meant to be a satire, but it points out the absurdities of war so well, and with such a delicate, gentle touch, t I ve just finished reading and re reading a bit also Alan s war, in its original French edition It s a great piece of work, being both Art and documentary When you know the second world war and you ve enjoyed the great novels that satirize it by Evelyn Waugh and many others by staying close to the truth, you can probably laugh through the first two thirds of this book It isn t meant to be a satire, but it points out the absurdities of war so well, and with such a delicate, gentle touch, that I couldn t help smiling The last third of this work covers the post war era and it s much less coherent than the first two thirds It s also less funny, since the absurdities of military life have gone away But it s when things get serious that you realize that this is after all a biography of sorts That s when you want to re read the first two thirds again, in light of what you ve learned about the character, the hero, Alan Ingram Cope.I read this graphic novel at the same time that I was reading about another Alan in Alanna The First Adventure a very good adventure story for young girls In it the heroine, Alanna, passes as a boy in order to become a knight Of course, she has everyone call her Alan, as she learns sword play and other aspects of the art of war It was a nice contrast with the adventures of that other Alan, who was learning how to drive tanks, shoot rifle grenades and use field cipher machines.I wonder how it feels to read all this in English One day I ll have to take a look a the English version The first half of this book deals with Alan Cope s experiences serving in a tank during WWII It reminded me of Another River, Another Town A Teenage Tank Gunner Comes of Age in Combat 1945 by John P Irwin, though I think on the whole, Irwin s book is much better I enjoyed Cope s adventures in basic training, and though his combat exploits are not very exciting he gets a Purple Heart for falling off a ladder I found them interesting.The Good War came to an end, but unfortunately, Cope The first half of this book deals with Alan Cope s experiences serving in a tank during WWII It reminded me of Another River, Another Town A Teenage Tank Gunner Comes of Age in Combat 1945 by John P Irwin, though I think on the whole, Irwin s book is much better I enjoyed Cope s adventures in basic training, and though his combat exploits are not very exciting he gets a Purple Heart for falling off a ladder I found them interesting.The Good War came to an end, but unfortunately, Cope s story continued The last part of the book is devoted to his post war experiences My eyes began to glaze over as I read detailed accounts of mountain climbing, Cope s attempts to find himself , and one particular couple who are of interest only because they knew famous people I had to force myself to finish On the plus side, I liked the layout of the book It had sort of a scrapbooky feel to it, and the photo album at the end was a nice touch It did make me wonder about the strangers we meet on a daily basis and what stories they might have to tell `E-pub ⇨ Alan's War: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope ↶ 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 artistryAcross 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