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Soldier's Heart: The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father: A Daughter's Memoir (You'll Never Know)

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Winner of the Slate 2016 Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Print Comic.

 

 

 
The narrative unfolds over 360 pages of masterfully crafted drawings. Stunning ink and color washes weave through the decades: Tyler examines the past in sepia, confronts reality in stark black & white and uses rich color to convey the moods and fragility of the present.  She overlays her father’s memories with her own, while struggling to understand her troubled life: a failed marriage, a teenage daughter on the edge, and an elderly father and mother. Literate, emotionally engaging and historically accurate, Soldier’s Heart is a magnificent achievement.
Pages:
364
Colors:
full color
Format:
Softcover
Dimensions:
8 1⁄2” x 10 3⁄8”
ISBN-13:
978-1-60699-896-0
Year:
2015

You’ll Never Know unfolds like a rambling reminiscence, except without the boring parts. It skitters around in time, every observation setting off another memory or meditation or visual flourish. Tyler’s artwork flutters between representation, fantasy and symbolism, sometimes even in the same panel, but her stylistic virtuosity is a steadfast guide through her chronology’s loops and pivots. ... Tyler’s book is a vivid, affecting, eccentrically stylish frame built around a terrible silence.”  New York Times

“It’s a dark and emotionally fraught story, but Tyler’s artwork is stunning on every page. Her use of color and her sense of design in particular make the book stand out. It’s clear that Tyler thought and rethought how to design each page, and how to make artistic choices that would best suit her subject matter. This meticulous concern for aesthetics is what distinguishes the best graphic novels, and Soldier's Heart is not just Tyler’s masterpiece but arguably one of the 21st century’s best comics.” — L.A. Review of Books

An important contributor to independent comics since the 1980s, Tyler has made a name for herself with the quirky warmth of her autobiographical stories, and this wonderful book is a thoughtful work that greatly adds to the language of the graphic memoir.” — Publishers Weekly

“The winner of the Best Print Comic prize is Carol Tyler for her momentous Soldier’s Heart: The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father, a collection of Tyler’s three mournful, angry, beautiful memoirs about her dad, Chuck Tyler, his experiences on the European front in World War II, and the PTSD — or “soldier’s heart” — that affected not just the rest of his life but his daughter Carol’s as well.”  Slate

“While centered around the author’s efforts to process her father’s wartime experience, Tyler’s story bleeds out into the circumstances of her family’s history, her pages racing through narrative stratagems, practically one per situation; the enormous versatility of her drawing unifies paneled pages, booming splashes and mixed media-type info outlays into a self-evident means of making sense of things you’ve lived with, but not actually witnessed.”  The Comics Journal

You'll Never Know is beautiful, with Tyler's masterful use of color adding mood and emotional texture to every page. But it's the story that pulls the reader through.” — The Phoenix New Times

Almost every page  welling with colour, like a bruise, and flecked with tiny pen marks, like a million little scars  presents another example of Tyler’s intuitive and incredibly sophisticated ways of figuring painful thoughts, feelings and memories.” — The Globe and Mail

   

Winner of the Slate 2016 Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Print Comic.

 

 

 
The narrative unfolds over 360 pages of masterfully crafted drawings. Stunning ink and color washes weave through the decades: Tyler examines the past in sepia, confronts reality in stark black & white and uses rich color to convey the moods and fragility of the present.  She overlays her father’s memories with her own, while struggling to understand her troubled life: a failed marriage, a teenage daughter on the edge, and an elderly father and mother. Literate, emotionally engaging and historically accurate, Soldier’s Heart is a magnificent achievement.

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