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How the World Was

First Second

Emmanuel Guibert

Nov 11, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J Bookmark and Share

Emmanuel Guibert’s introspective and intimate biographical account of his dear friend Alan Cope’s early childhood is as beautifully drawn as it is compellingly written. Told from Alan’s point of view, the memoir follows young Alan and his parents through often mundaneand hence inherently relatableexcursions and everyday activities in pre-World War II California. An only child, Alan’s relationship with his parents is a loving and obedient one. They don’t have much money, but theirs are warm, welcoming homes (they move frequently), often shared with members of their extended family, many of whom Guibert introduces us to.

The biography is more a series of memories than it is a chronology of Alan’s life from start to finish. When it ends, one knows Alan’s lifeand thus, his storycontinues beyond the final page. The affection Guibert has for his friend and subject is palpable, and it is because of this love that How the World Was is such a moving, albeit quiet, read. (

Author rating: 8/10

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