Dotter of her Father's Eyes
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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
That is the mystery set up at the beginning of this book by an odd, fairy tale opening.
Once upon a time
And long ago
A King and Queen
Had a daughter
Her name was
Or Lucy Maria
But this opening confuses me, with its flippanc ...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
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
Brutal to read at times given the abusive nature of both women's upbringing, and expertly drawn by Bryan Talbot*, Mary's husband.
*It was only after I finished reading it that I realized I'd already read another of his works and recently to boot. He's also the creative force behind "Grandville" which I read earlier th ...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 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 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
This book contrasts the biography of Mary M Talbot herself, with that of Lucia Joyce - the daughter of James Joyce. Mary's father James S. Atherton is a dedicated Joycean scholar. So this is a story of two daughters an ...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
The subject of this book is Lucia Joyce, James Joyce’s daughter, and her story is almost heart-wrenching- a talented girl forced to give up her career due to the pressures from the society and finally living her life being committed because of the madness induced by lack of a career - of course, everyone from my generati ...more