Famous cartoonist Raymond Briggs created this completely charming biography about his working class parents who lived simple lives through the Second World War in London.
Lovely little book. My whole family read it, even the teenagers.
Really lovely colour illustrations, but the dialogue and narration had problems. Most serious, the parents are poor, but somehow they can afford all kinds of luxuries; never explained. The parents are shown as bumbling fools particularly the mother, and their response to the war events are ridiculous, but their relations with each other seem more authentic.
The author of Where the Wind Blows brings his family's story to life in this funny and tender tale. Romance, politics and social history are all cleverly brought together in cartoon format.
I picked this up after it was recommended at TCAF. It didn't disappoint! A truly tender look inside the lives of the authors parents. Not only did they live through fascinating times but they were deeply, yet perhaps quietly, in love with each other. Very touching.
This graphic novel is for everyone, not just regular readers of Graphica. It tells the story of Raymond Briggs' parents from their marriage to the time of their deaths. It emphasizes the war years when they struggled through the invasion of London and had to send their son away to live in the country. Simply told and beautifully illustrated, this novel tells us alot with its heartfelt pictures.
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