How the World Was
A California Childhood
Emmanuel Guibert; Illustrated by Emmanuel Guibert; Translation by Kathryn M. Pulver
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ISBN: 9781596436640160 Pages
In 1994, French cartoonist Emmanuel Guibert befriended an American veteran named Alan Cope and began creating his new friend's graphic biography. Alan's War was the surprising and moving result: the story of Cope's experiences as an American GI in France during World War II.
How the World Was is Emmanuel Guibert's moving return to documenting the life of his friend. Cope died several years ago, as Guibert was just beginning work on this book, but Guibert has kept working to commit his friend's story to paper. Cope grew up in California during the great depression, and this remarkable graphic novel details the little moments that make a young man's life...while capturing the scope of America during the great depression.
A lyrical, touching portrait, How the World Was is a gift for a dear friend in the last moments of his life... and also a meditation on the birth of modern America.
NPR Best Book of the Year
Praise for How the World Was
“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