You'll Never Know, Vol. 3: Soldier's Heart

In one of the most eagerly anticipated graphic novels of 2012, Soldier s Heart concludes the story of Carol Tyler and her delving into her father s war experiences in a way that is both surprising and devastating and rather than trying to summarize this episode and thus possibly spoil it for readers, we prefer to simply offer a selection of comments on the first two instalIn one of the most eagerly anticipated graphic novels of 2012, Soldier s Heart concludes the story of Carol Tyler and her delving into her father s war experiences in a way that is both surprising and devastating and rather than trying to summarize this episode and thus possibly spoil it for readers, we prefer to simply offer a selection of comments on the first two installments of this autobiographical masterpiece.Publishers Weekly Starred Review In the first volume of Tyler s planned trilogy of graphic memoirs, she dug into the eruptive, violent memories of her father s WWII experiences while simultaneously dealing with a husband who decided to go find himself and leave her with a daughter to raise Book Two is no less rich and overwhelming Tyler gets back to the business of detailing her father s war stories difficult given that he is one of those guys who closed it off and never talked about it as well as coming to terms with her already touchy parents increasingly ornery attitudes Closing the circle somewhat is Tyler s concern over her daughter s troubled nature, which seems to mirror her own wild past While the language of Chicago raised and Cincinnati based Tyler has a winningly self deprecating Midwestern spareness to it, her art is a lavishly prepared kaleidoscope of watercolors and finely etched drawings, all composed to look like the greatest family photo album of all time The story s honest self revelations and humane evocations of family dramas are tremendously moving Tyler s book could well leave readers simultaneously eager to see the third volume, but also nervous about the traumas, home front and war front, that it might contain.Booklist Tyler s fluid, expressive linework, complemented by subtly overlaid watercolors, gives ideal visual expression to a narrative that s at once sensitive and hard nosed Decades of drawing mostly autobiographical stories have honed her skills, enabling her to produce a work that ranks in quality with the graphic memoirs of Alison Bechdel Fun Home and Marjane Satrapi Persepolis.
You ll Never Know Vol Soldier s Heart In one of the most eagerly anticipated graphic novels of Soldier s Heart concludes the story of Carol Tyler and her delving into her father s war experiences in a way that is both surprising and

  • Title: You'll Never Know, Vol. 3: Soldier's Heart
  • Author: Carol Tyler
  • ISBN: 9781606995488
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. I love this book. I loved the intimacy, the sense of becoming part of the Tyler family and as a non-American having a new insight into the real Middle American blue collar life (as opposed to the liberal graduate coastal city twenty something stuff that dominated auto-bio comics. I also loved the penmanship, the exquisite colours, the way that the point of view moves between close ups, photos, landscapes, cut aways. Tyler demonstrates how well comics can mediate between past and present and navi [...]

    2. This is the third volume of Carol Tyler's trilogy, an examination of her father's WWII experiences and the dark cloud they cast upon her upbringing and the day-to-day lives of her family through the years. Tyler has long been one of my favorite cartoonists, and You'll Never Know is her Maus, her Fun Home - her magnum opus. The entire trilogy is beautiful and moving, told as it is in Tyler's trademark plain-spoken, down-to-earth authorial voice, with some absolutely stunning artwork along the way [...]

    3. I really warmed to this memoir initially begun to honor her father, a WWII vet, in order to understand who it is she had become, too. The books are large, coffee table sized, and have a scrapbook feel. She also writes of herself, her mom, her prematurely dead sister, (sometimes estranged) husband and daughter. Has the scope and reach to put it in the territory of Persepolis, Maus, Fun Home… quite an achievement.

    4. I really like this series. Tyler does an amazing job of telling her family's story. Near the end I was definitely touched. Her aesthetic is definitely out-of-box but the story pulls you in and is so engaging. Really beautiful. A great choice for introducing history-interested grown-ups to what comics can do.

    5. A moving story and a beautiful piece of artwork. I studied each page in awe. This is the perfect cap to a trilogy that is now my favorite graphic story of all time. Just phenomenal. *swoon*

    6. C. Tyler's You'll Never Know: Soldier's Heart is the final volume in the author's graphic memoir trilogy, in which she chronicles her father's experiences in World War II, her past and present relationship with her parents, and the author's own marriage and daughter.The second volume ended with the story of the great tragedy in the life of Tyler's mother and with Tyler's own daughter hospitalized after an attempted suicide, and it is to these stories she most immediately returns at the start of [...]

    7. I loved this book in the series. I can't express enough how glad I am that I kept reading after the 1st book. It made me sad that Charles never got to figure out what happened to him during his time in the war. It made me wonder how many other soldiers share similar stories. It is so sad. I don't like the fact that Charles has been a sucky Dad to Carol. It makes me sad for Carol, it is obvious that she has suffered because of it. But I am so glad that Carol was there when Charles finally let it [...]

    8. I liked seeing how this journey turned out for Tyler and her family. However, I finished this in a little over an hour. Considering she's covering her marriage, her daughter's mental breakdown, her father's war service, his PTSD, her mother's deteriorating health, and I forget what all else, I feel like there wasn't that much death. The pictures weren't the sort of art that really grabbed me, and the stories are complex in theme, but almost too simple in presentation. I would say I enjoyed this [...]

    9. The end of the trilogy. Perhaps less powerful and less full of promise and breathlessness than the first two, but heck, Tyler's a great storyteller and has weird and strong eye for the world around her, and the worlds of history, and a tenderness for her father's heartbreak. So as a cap to the project, and as a really ambitious but tenderly done trilogy, I say here, here, for C. Tyler and her weird and wonderful work.

    10. Some memoir fatigue starts to set in with the final volume of Carol Tyler's parallel history of her father's wartime service and the time she spent struggling with exploring it. Soldier's Heart pretty much resolves all the open questions, which is something many memoirs never manage to do, but I didn't feel the passionate intensity of Collateral Damage (which, admittedly, I read a few years ago).

    11. While part 1 and 2 were beautiful and deeply personal I had trouble with Chuck and the narrative around him. He just seemed like an asshole with nothing that redeemed him for me and C. Tyler kept holding him up as her dad. Finally in book 3 that comes full circle and everyone is more aware. Chuck is, C. Tyler is, I am. Chuck is an asshole, but in a very human way. That didn't get opened for me until this last book.

    12. I liked the three books. They are well written and give a real glimpse inside the author's psyche. She seems like a worthwhile person, flawed and likable. I'd have given them higher ratings, but I didn't think there was much of a resolution, though she writes it as if there was. Also, I expected the book to be more about her father's war experiences and how he processed them, and if I was reading it because of that, I'd have been disappointed.

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