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
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
The book alternates between the two women at similar points in their lives from childhood to adolescence to...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 narrative here does not flesh out the point of laying these tales side-by-side; the reader is left to draw his or h...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
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
A totally engaging story about two female figures, each with their own claim to fame, and yet not readily recognizable to the world at large. The book is a mixture of b/w when telling the story of Lucia Joyce (James Joyce's daughter), b/w with bits of colour for the story of the author's childhood and full colour when in the author's present. This along with the text easily helps the reader to know what time period/whose story...more
Apparently, Mary Talbot is both Bryan Talbot's wife AND an academic expert on things like feminism and teen magazines and other things I'd enjoy studying.
This book is partially an autobiography of Mary (drawn by Bryan) and sort of a biography of the daughter of James Joyce. The two stories run parallel with different color schemes...more
Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes is a graphic novel that tells the story of both Lucia, the daughter of James Joyce, and Mary Talbot, daughter of eminent Joycean scholar James S. Atherton. These two stories have more in common than the connection to Joyce, as it traces opportunities and oppression through social expectations and gender politics of two women in different historical co...more
I used to be a big fan of them and then, with one thing and another, I seem to have forgotten to read any. This one came to my attention with it's inclusion on the shortlist for the Costa Book prize in the biography category, a first for a graphic novel. That, in itself, was enough to grab my attention, but the fact that it was by husband and wife team Mary and Bryan Talbot increased my interest even more. I used to know them both as, a...more
An interesting story. The main parallel between Mary and Lucia was that they both had fathers who were praised and admired, but when it came to their own families, they were sadly lacking.
Mary's father had moments of kindness and fun, but most of the time he seemed emotionally abusive. He was focused on his work and writing about Jo...more
This graphic novel actually tel...more
One line in particular struck me, I can't remember exactly, but following Lucia's story, someone said that soon it would be Lucia's name that everyone remembered and her father would be referenced by her na...more
The two lives intertwine and parallel each other as the expectations of society and their family mould their choices. Lucia just wishes to dance, and is seen as a rising star but as far as her parents are concerned women don't have careers and her life must be sublimated to support her Father's write...more
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