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Dotter of Her Father's Eyes
Cultural evolution is always a tricky endeavor, inevitably littering the social landscape with a detritus made of the the scattered limbs of rituals, mores, and institutions that couldn't get out of the way quickly enough. Both vanguard and old guard are sacrificed in the collision of ideals. And sometimes the casualties aren't just metaphor and social construct. Sometimes there are literal casualties—human ones.
Dotter of Her Father's Eyes relates the struggles of two such human sacrifices in t ...more
The book alternates between the two women at similar points in their lives from childhood to adolescence to ...more
Mary Talbot recounts her childhood and teenage years growing up respectably poor in Wigan with a tyrannical Father who is a school teacher and respect ...more
Mary M. Talbot compares her childhood to that of James Joyce's daughter Lucia (1907 - 1982), both fathers are preoccupied with writing and appear to ha ...more
Dotter of Her Father's Eyes is a book of parallels. The writer, Mary Talbot is the only daughter of a (still) highly respected Joycean scholar. Upon finding his old railcard, she reminisces about her childhood and draws comparisons between it and that of Lucia Joyce, dancer daughter of James Joyce. There are small similarities (both have parents named Jim and Nora), but the main one, and indeed the focus of the book, is their troubled relationships with their fathers. Mary's is cold and emotiona...more
The book is really two separate biographies interwoven - the biography of author Mary Talbot and the biography of James Joyce's daughter Lucia, wich intersect in creative and unusual ways.
Talbot's story mainly focuses on her relationship with her father - a Joycean scholar and a mean, terrible, ...more
The two stories interwoven here parallel and contrast the story of Mary Talbot and Lucia Joyce. The latter was the daughter of author James Joyce, who was given every freedom when growing up but ended up in a mental institution for most of her life just because she wanted to stay free. The lat ...more
The artwork is gorgeous, the little notes from author to artist very sweet, and the overall book gorgeously presented. I gave it f ...more
I'm actually interested in James Joyce, the subject this book is very loosely based on. Unfortunately, this is another nail in the coffin that is making me want to quit graphic novels. Reading this book is akin to watching a car accident or feeling your blood pressure spike. Too much inf ...more
This book bounced back and forth between the very uninteresting WHINING
about how the author's moody bi-polar dad (a Joycean scholar) mistreated her,
and far-fetched "parallels" with James Joyce's own daughter Lucia.
At least that part was interesting,
... to a point.
Fortunately this bitter woman is married to a first-rate artist (and author) Bryan Talbot,
whose amazing art
made this more fun to read
than it shoul ...more
This is a great mix between storytelling, biography, graphic novel and history lesson. I came across this at work, thought I would give it a try, I'm glad I did. It switches between Mary and Lucia and various poignant points during each of their lives and draws uncanny parallels between then. From reading this, I have learned something new today, I learned about James Joyce and his family struggles in the 1920's and on. I also learned about Mary' ...more
I did find the parallels between Talbot and her father James Atherton (a Joycean scholar), and Lucia and her father James Joyce, rather fascinating. Both women were born in times that didn't appreciate all that women can achieve, and their fathers weren't all that supportive of a woman's nee ...more
I knew nothing of the story, but was certainly intrigued by the blurb.
Dotter of her Father's Eyes is partially an autobiography, following Mary Talbot's life and her relationship with her parents. It is juxtaposed by a biography of James Joyce's dancer ...more
but this is already a comic of parallel stories: mary's relationship with her father, a joyce scholar, and the life of lucia joyce, daughter of james. the two stories interweave and link through omnipotent fathers and ambitious daughters, separated by ink tone and period fashion.
The artwork, by the writer's husband, Bryan Talbot isn't a patch on some of his other work. I ...more
I wasn’t so keen on the Mary Talbot story or how it linked, if at all, with Lucia’s life. I did love, however, how the inaccuracies in the artwork were corrected in writing and left on the page instead of modifying the drawing altogether. A very nice tou ...more
La historia de Lucia Joyce es conocida. Hija de James Joyce, acabó su vida en un hospital para enfermos mentales. Así, todo resulta más fácil, más rápido, más limpio. Entonces, volvemos a escribir todo esto: Hija de James Joyce, Lucia Joyce empezó a tener problemas mentales allá por mil novecientos treinta. Tratada incluso por Carl Jung, poco después será diagnosticada esquizofrénica, pasando prácticamente los últimos cincuenta años de su vida internada ...more
It seems harsh to leap right into the book's main problem, but it's something which really struck me at the end - the book sets itself up to compare Mary Talbot's life with her tyrannical Joycean scholar father with that of James Joyce's o ...more