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May Books 20) Dotter of Her Father's Eyes, by Mary and Bryan Talbot

This remarkable graphic novel won the Costa Award for biography in 2012; but it's actually two biographies, the story of Lucia Joyce, daughter of James, and of Mary Talbot, daughter of a famous Joycean scholar, and how their family dynamics were jointly shaped by their fathers' application of the traditional principles in their personal lives which they eschewed in literature. Lucia's is the more tragic story, thwarted from a promising dancing career (briefly distracted by Samuel Beckett) and eventually hospitalised for many years before her death; Mary managed to find a life partner who eventually illustrated her story and Lucia's. It's very good.

Tags: bookblog 2014, comics, writer: bryan talbot, writer: james joyce
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