Soldier's Heart

Soldier's Heart

The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father : A Daughter's Memoir

Graphic Novel - 2015
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The author chronicles her fraught relationship with her father, Charles, a WWII veteran, and how the war affected their lives through both childhood and adulthood. Soldier's heart is also a tribute to servicemen and women, dramatizing the trauma of the war on the Greatest Generation and those who followed. Tyler's ink and watercolor narrative is in turns sprawling and gimlet-eyed: compassionate and enraged. Her father's memories are woven into her own, which span her Catholic, Midwestern childhood; her troubled marriage; her daughter's struggles; and her efforts to care for her aging parents. Even though Tyler's work has an accessible, homemade feel (the organizing metaphor of the book is a photo album with snapshots of Tyler family life). Publisher,
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781606998960
160699896X
Branch Call Number: 940.53 TYLER
Characteristics: 362 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 22 x 27 cm

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mammothhawk229e
May 09, 2017

Deep dual story book on how war created mental trauma on the greatest generation (the father) & their family (author included).
Loved the multiple art styles.
Peace of mind & saving her marriage probably more important than winning awards.

KHCPL_Doug Feb 14, 2017

I just could not get into this book. The author, I think, attempts too much, and it left me frustrated and bored. What I thought would be a book about her father, turned out to be really about her and her struggle to understand why her husband left her, tracing it back to "it's my parents' fault." So disappointing. I didn't even finish the book, which rarely happens. Someone looking to find a good graphic novel about WWII should look elsewhere.

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