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Oczko w głowie tatusia opowiada o tragicznym życiu córki Jamesa Joyce’a Lucii która większość życia zmarła w 1982 roku spędziła w szpitalach psychiatrycznych Lucia Joyce zapowiadała się na świetną tancerkę ćwiczyła nawet pod okiem Isadory Duncan jednak około 1930 roku pojawiły się u niej pierwsze oznaki choroby psychicznej W tym samym czasie nawiązała romans z Samuelem Beckettem który zerwał z nią z powodu jej narastających problemów psychicznych W 1934 roku Lucia została pacjentką Carla Junga który postawił diagnozę – schizofreniaHistoria autorstwa Mary M Talbot i Bryana Talbota nie jest zwykłą biografią Mary M Talbot niejako przy okazji opowiada o swojej skomplikowanej relacji z ojcem Jamesem Athertonem wybitnym badaczem twórczości Joyce’a


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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 s 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 the battle of ideological paradigm shift Both Lucia James Joyce's only daughter and Mary Talbot this book's scribe were real combatants in a war they may not have even been quite aware they were embroiled in Certainly they recognized the fact of the skirmishes that framed their lives' choices and developments but could they have known from the inside just how monumental the transformation being wrought upon the kingdom of Western Civilization was? It's possible of course but the young are rarely the most aware of the larger struggles that govern the architecture of their livesIdeas are important and have value because people believe in them1 And not just in the sense of casual assent Not like how I believe that Antarctica exists but can't be bothered to shape my life around the fact Discovering Antarctica isn't actually there or is there but underwater or is a flying continent—or probably really anything I could discover about Antarctica won't do much to ruffle the feathers of my life If someone brings it up in conversation the entire summation of my response would accurately be distilled to Huh Interesting If however you and forty otherwise intelligent people tried to seriously convince me and society that having kids was actually evil my reaction would almost certainly be visceral depending on how real I believed the threat to my way of life to be At the least there might be defensiveness and some frustration As the threat escalates tolerances strain and violence or unhappy legislation for one or both sides may erupt In her biographical and autobiographical work Mary Talbot aided visually by husband and illustrator Bryan Talbot confronts the struggle of society to lurch into the era of modernity and beyond It's unclear whose story Talbot is interested in or if she even has a preference but she introduces an inclusio whereby she in the current day finds an old ID card belonging to her now deceased father Inside the framing device Talbot pursues two narratives one concerning her own formative years at the hand of her father James Atherton a well regarded Joycean scholar and the other charting the development of James Joyce's own daughter Lucia and the relationship he had with her Neither relationship is a thing of joy and beauty but one suspects that if both girls were born to the same fathers a century later the absence of certain social constriction might have allowed for happy endings all the way aroundAs delineated by Talbot both Mary's and Lucia's lives are welled up under the pervasive irony of being the children of bastions of modernism who cannot see clear to apply modernist principles to their own patriarchal relationships Dotter lays special emphasis on the rallying cry of the paradigm movement How modern Everyone around both Mary and Lucia are caught up in the transformation of culture—of the evolution of the stilted errant grossly conservative pre modern society into the glorious fortress of progressive social democracy found in the modern utopia It's a period of hope and change And each of these two fathers are in some sense heralds or ambassadors or representatives of this new civilizationThe irony of course is that in the cold darkness of their hearts' hearts they are still staunch defenders of the Old Ways—hopeless helpless relics who will unconsciously stop at nothing to crush the Spirit of the Age in its most immediately tangible bastion They will carelessly destroy their children or perhaps die trying unaware that in so doing they make mockery of those values they pretend to hold dearest to their hearts Mary's father Atherton will do so by his direct actions built of disdain and outright dismissiveness of his daughter Joyce on the other hand will combat his own values through a negligence in policing he and his wife's failure to recognize Lucia as something than their provincial understanding of the female being will allow Compared to Atherton Joyce appears a doting father—one who truly loves and admires his daughter but simply doesn't have the grounding by which to combat either his wife's vindictiveness or to understand the place of the female in modern applications Perhaps he was a doer than a thinker Atherton however cannot claim such excuses as if excuses ever really exonerate one human from destroying another—he is a scholar a thinker and devoted to considering the ramifications of Joyce's body of work Surely some mote of the new paradigm some willingness to apprehend the world through inventive fresh structures ought to have asserted itself through his studies Still as poor blind humans our penchant for adhering to comfortability and ritual and the tried if not true will ever hold power over our sense of reason—so while tragic and ironic neither Joyce's nor Atherton's failures are particularly surprisingSad life Sad life to quote a certain wise but immolated horse2As a work Dotter of Her Father's Eyes is an enjoyable thoughtful read Or at least as enjoyable as a non fictional pair of tragedies can be Mary Talbot's script was at all times interesting for me—even if I didn't necessarily understand the purpose of combining her own story with Lucia's Though I described Dotter as an exploration of the irony of a particular conflict between ideology and praxis that's a layer of interpretation that I read onto the story because I felt the need to draw out an overriding theme from the work While the irony is there pretty unquestionably it's unclear whether this is Talbot's primary aim with the narrative When I first finished reading I was frustrated with not being able to discern why Talbot may have tied her story to Lucia's beyond the simplistic connection constructed by Atherton being a primary scholar of Joyce's oeuvre My wife felt a similar dissonance and we tried to suss out Talbot's point unsuccessfully Perhaps it's there and obvious Perhaps we were unqualified to discover it or perhaps our concentration was too divided by the conflict of late night readings versus days filled with the stress of juggling earning an income against good loving child rearing Perhaps we were just dense momentarily or permanently Or perhaps Talbot didn't quite succeed in tying together the threads of her purposeRegardless the book is good and worth a reader's time Both Mary and Lucia lived in horrifying and exciting times I can't imagine the struggle of mind and heart From my position of genetic and historical privilege I can't imagine being a thinking person burdened under such constraints I'm grateful then to the Talbots for bringing this segment of the historical record to light and life no matter how nauseating Art NoteFor his part Bryan Talbot is in stellar form My only other intersection with his work is his celebrated Tale of One Bad Rat In the two decades since then he's clearly honed his artistic sensibilities and as crisp as his vision was then it's become something truly beautiful and evocative here Talbot uses usually monochromatic palettes of washes to indicate narrative threads and imply mood and warmth and love and panic and everything else I never felt any question as to what a scene was meant to display I'd love to see of Talbot's work especially if along these linesTwo Other Notes1 It only just occurs to me that Talbot introduces her story with the faerytale esque Once upon a timeAnd long agoA King and QueenHad a daughterHer name wasMarushkaOr LuciaOr Lucy MariaOr Mray I suppose then it's possible that Mary Talbot's name is Lucy Maria named for Lucia but she that goes by Mary giving a touch connection between the two women and better justifying the dual nature of the book?Footnotes1 Terry Gilliam played this to interesting effect in his Baron Munchausen Gilliam focuses his narrative lens on the birth of the age of reason and represents his ideological combatants as individuals with fantastic powers Throughout the adventure Gilliam treats us to the blending of the literal and the ideological such that the conflict between the two is made tangible Really I'm not sure that Baron Munchausen has much to do with Dotter but I think we shouldn't probably miss any opportunity to remind ourselves of Gilliam's genius Plus isn't this kind of what footnotes are for?2 See the first chapter of Patrick DeWitt's The Sisters Brothers Review courtesy of Good Ok Bad


  2. says:

    What do two women one born in 1907 to James Joyce and Nora Barnacle and the other born in 1954 to James S and Nora Atherton have in common? Have they led strangely parallel lives and if so how are these parallels intriguing instructive or clarifying? That is the mystery set up at the beginning of this book by an odd fairy tale opening Once upon a timeAnd long agoA King and QueenHad a daughterHer name wasMarushkaOr LuciaOr Lucy MariaOr MaryBut this opening confuses me with its flippancy One or after another All of the possible names of who this book might call its hero I thought this isn't the way a story begins in which the hero might really be anyone Clearly this opening is meant to call attention to the connection—between Mary and Lucia and the Jameses and the Noras But right away it was a bit of a pebble in my shoe this or and or and or as I stepped into the world of the book It is perhaps almost fantastical that Lucia Anna Joyce and Mary M Talbot are daughters of one James and one Nora the first James being the modernist writer Joyce and the second a well known Joyce scholar And perhaps Mary and Lucia had a little in common than just the names of their parents and the fact that one's father wrote of the other's Both Lucia and Mary after all sought the love and perhaps approval of their fathers didn't they? And both had the rhythmic prose the voice of Joyce in ear shot from the beginning As the book opens Mary walks around with snippets of Joycean prose unconsciously salting and peppering her thoughts It is a music that is already inside her head But is that enough of a connection to fuel this memoir?This is a memoirbiography of two women whose lives and work are in themselves intriguing and whose connections are interesting But the tangling their lives up in the context of this book feels not quite settled or satisfying I have wanted to read about the life of Lucia Joyce since reading the recent graphic biography of Joyce Portrait of a Dubliner and I was looking forward to Dotter of Her Father's Eyes But I don't know that there is a meaningful enough connective balance of exploration in here The transitions between one life and another are jarring and don't do much to work in terms of shaping the text What this book does do well is to show that what a person sees outside of a familial world might be starkly and shatteringly different from what one would see when the family is alone The seeming charm of parents can turn to hideousness the moment a guest closes the door behind them The book also shows that the men of so called modernism aren't necessarily modern at all Perhaps their art has a certain 'newness' to it but the writers themselves might be horrifying violent narcissistic creeps who are unable to see women as anything but objects I'm glad this book exists but I wish that there were of it exploration of the lives of Mary and Lucia and a deeper building of connection any kind of connection between them I am between a 3 and a 4 in the gr star rating system This is a nice potential antidote to the books that are so obsessed with male writers and scholars and the homosocial world of 20th century fiction But I found the book to be a bit disappointing I suppose if I could give this book a 35 i would


  3. says:

    Dotter of Her Father's Eyes is about the fatherdaughter relationships of two women Mary Talbot wife of Bryan Talbot writerartist extraordinaire of such books as Luther Arkwright One Bad Rat Nemesis the Warlock Sandman and the Grandville series and Lucia Joyce daughter of legendary novelist James Joyce author of Ulysses Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and DublinersThe book alternates between the two women at similar points in their lives from childhood to adolescence to adulthood and shows parallels between them and their fathers Mary's father was an eminent James Joyce scholar whose work The Books at the Wake remains the best book written analysing Joyce's incredibly difficult novel Finnegan's Wake and in turn an equally difficult man to get along with Mary details her clashes with her dad who was mentally abusive to her while growing up often belittling her achievements and dreamsLucia's father wasn't abusive Joyce was too wrapped up in his own writings to be that way and he was generally quite involved in raising his daughter but when she became a young woman wanting to become a professional dancer and start an independent career Joyce and his shrill wife forbade it to the point where she became so frustrated she threw a chair at her mother Incredibly this incident led to her becoming institutionalised a forced way of life that she would never escape until her deathMary Talbot's writing is superb and she brings to life her story with warmth and candour perfectly matching her husband's artwork in tone and mood The book is enthralling to read and for Mary ultimately a happy ending For Lucia it's hard to imagine a thwarted dance career and an overbearing mother could lead to a decades long imprisonment but perhaps it really was all that maybe there is to her story than presented hereI loved Bryan Talbot's work in this book It's not nearly as polished or dramatic as his work in books like Grandville and the book is coloured infrequently mostly in sepia tones throughout but it's still wonderful to see His depiction of Lucia's descent into madness is as high a quality fans have come to expect from this artist while the drawing of he and Mary's wedding day is very beautiful in its simplicity and expression of pure happinessDotter of her Father's Eyes is a fascinating comic book of human relationships and the importance of an unshackled human spirit but over it's a great read Who knew that Bryan Talbot's wife was also a talented writer? Highly recommended


  4. says:

    I knew James Joyce's daughter Lucia ended up in a madhouse largely because that's the subject of the chapter which seemed to be holding up Alan Moore's second novel but little else about her Turns out a lot of her problems stem from her none modernist father being terribly old fashioned when it came to subordination of a daughter's wishes to her father's needs though by the sound of it the mother was even to blame Mary Talbot's father a Joyce scholar was likewise beloved by the world but a prick to her And the intertwined story of the two women's lives is illustrated by Mary's husband Bryan who may implicitly have been responsible for stopping Mary from going the way of Lucia because hippy that he was he proved a much better white knight than Sam Beckett then again wouldn't anyone? Mary then annotates Bryan's comics version to pick up on all the stuff he's got wrong The whole business is quite upsetting Why are people such dicks to their families?


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    The art isn’t top shelf and the story is a bit slow in places but it was a bit entertaining A woman finds her father’s passport and remembers her childhood Her father was emotionally absent Meanwhile her father is interested in the life of the daughter of a poet’s life


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    Interesting tale of two daughters both sort of cast off or neglected or verbally abused by their famous fathers one Lucia daughter of James Joyce tragically lost due to parental mistreatment the other Mary Talbot the author and feminist literary critic the daughter of a famed Joyce scholar also maligned and mistreated Ironic in the authors are so highly esteemed by the world and yet so mired in patriarchal conceptions of women and girls Interesting stories and sad with art by Bryan Talbot


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    Dotter of Her Father's Eyes is a book unlike any other I've read a combined graphic biography of Lucia Joyce daughter of James Joyce and autobiography of the graphic novel's writer Mary M Talbot daughter of Joyce scholar James S Atherton and a respected academic in her own right Talbot had a pretty big in in terms of an artist for her first graphic novel seeing as her husband is the legendary Bryan Talbot the award winning creator of many comics and graphic novels from the groundbreaking The Adventures of Luther Arkwright to heartbreaking The Tale of One Bad Rat to the genre busting Alice in Sunderland and Given that I've long been a fan of Bryan Talbot's work and studied end enjoyed a fair bit of Joyce in my undergraduate and graduate student days I was prepared to love this book Sadly I only liked it well enough usually that's fine but I had such high hopes given its subject matter and pedigree Mary is a fine writer without question and Bryan's artwork is top notch as ever although this is not the bravura performance he gave in Sunderland but I just didn't feel that these two stories really needed to be told together or that they benefited much from their joining It's true that there are obvious linkages between the two Joyce most obviously plus enigmatic fathers but those links don't really add up to much in the telling apart from those basic means of comparisonLucia's story is heartbreaking to be sure A talented dancer she found her life choices always constrained and compromised by her parents' constant moving from one country to another even after Lucia reached adulthood Her eventual committal to a mental institution in 1932 her first of what became many stays is as terrible as it is incomprehensible After one of many rows Lucia throws a chair at her mother and Her brother made a snap decision He had her committed 82 We're not given any hint previously that anyone in her family thought she had mental issue She fights with her parents and chafes at their control yes but who doesn't really? In this telling this snap decision signals the end of Lucia's active life the book ends less than ten pages later It's a tragedy without question but an incomprehensible one here Surely there has to be to the story than a simple snap decision by her brotherMary's own story growing up the only daughter in a postwar British household is engaging if sad Eager to please but also intelligent and headstrong Mary constantly runs afoul of her father and his snap temper Perhaps the book's most powerful and damning observation appears on page 30 Claims about men being unable to express emotion irritate me to no end My father did anger very well The love story between Mary and Bryan charms though suggestion there's enough tensions here to sustain a much longer detailed narrativeVisually the book is divided into three portions The present day frame story in clearly inked full color panels Lucia's story in borderless blue grey and Mary's story borderless and primarily in sepia The borderless panels throughout both help to emphasize the flashback nature of the narrative and allow for some beautifully blended page layouts In Mary's story the artwork is the least polished with preliminary pencil lines and paste up markings visible I'm guessing this is somehow to make that section feel authentic perhaps as it is the author's own memories? I don't know it doesn't look incomplete exactly but it is rougher maybe to mirror Mary's own pain at becoming an adult?The pages also show evidence that it was a couple who created the book There are several places where Mary inserts a footnote about something that Bryan got wrong the frilly apron that her mother never would have worn the favorite children's book of Bryan's that he snuck into a montage of her favorite children's books and a place or two where we see dueling footnotes from both author and artist It's a cute personal touch but it creates a bit of tension when it comes to how the book presents history If there are factual errors such as they are in the Mary sections might the same be true in the Lucia sections? If the book were Mary's and to a lesser extent Bryan's story alone these moments would seem utterly good natured and fun but they introduce questions of authenticity that seem strange in a book that's based as much on research as it is on memoryStill and all I'm glad I read Dotter of Her Father's Eyes It's an enjoyable if at times painful set of true tales of interest to readers of biography and history and literature I imagine that seeing as how it was awarded the Costa prize for biography it will serve to introduce non comics readers to the graphic novel format which is a good thing and I'm looking forward to what both Mary and Bryan have coming nextoriginally posted at


  8. says:

    This was enjoyable enough but I don't understand why it won the Costa prize for biography If readers who wouldn't otherwise look at a graphic novel are encouraged to do so then that's great but this isn't an outstanding example of the genre This book covers fairly similar territory to Alison Bechdel's Fun Home but Fun Home is much better book Mary Talbot recounts her childhood and teenage years growing up respectably poor in Wigan with a tyrannical Father who is a school teacher and respected Joyce scholar and she draws parallels between her life and that of James Joyce's daughter Lucia They both struggle against the limitations and expectations their parents and wider society place upon them as women Lucia's story ends tragically with her being committed to an insane asylum for decades whilst Mary meets Brian Talbot and seems to go on to have a successful marriage and career This book belongs to a subgenre of feminist literature which examines the lives of the wives sisters or daughters of famous men Personally I don't really give a shit about the life of Mrs Shakespeare or Miss Milton I'm interested enough to learn about them in the context of a biography of the great men they are connected too but I can't see why anyone would be interested in reading a whole separate biography Lord Byron's daughter Ada Lovelace went on to be a pioneering mathematician she achieved things herself and interest in her isn't entirely dependent upon her connection to a great man I am unaware of any books on the subject of the husbands brothers or sons of famous men or women I do not lack empathy for the Lucia Joyce or Mary Talbot for that matter Lucia had a really rough time and I feel sorry for her I do take issue with the fact that people may read this book without knowing anything else about James Joyce and come away with the impression that he was a misogynist and a monstrous father It may be true that he didn't offer his full support to Lucia in her efforts to become a modernist dancer or stop his wife from crushing her dreams but that wasn't Joyce's only failing or eccentricity He was a bizarre unique man as geniuses often are and he left a trail of bad feeling and destruction in his wake Joyce's behaviour towards Lucia wasn't separate from his behaviour towards anyone else When he says to his daughter Lucia Lucia Be content It's enough if a woman can write a letter and carry an umbrella gracefully I think a lot of readers will come away from this utterly horrified from a feminist point of view Joyce didn't conduct himself according to the generally accepted standards of behaviour of his time and place He read the renaissance guide to conduct the Book of the Courtier by Baldesar Castiglioni and adopted it as a code which lead to his brother telling him he had become polite but less sincere This is exactly the kind of thing you would say or think if you lived according to the principles of the Book of the Courtier Graham Greene said 'there is a splinter of ice in the heart of every writer' and if Joyce's actions caused pain to his family and those around him because he prioritized his writing over everything else I can't bring myself to regret that


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    I'm not sure this book hangs together very well And the author's own story sort of begs for examination But I did enjoy the story of Lucia Joyce


  10. says:

    Graphic novel that juxtaposes the life story of the author Mary Talbot and Lucia Joyce dancer and daughter of James Joyce Talbot's father was a Joyce scholar so this work captures that feeling of finding a connection with someone else's biography with special poignancy It is shocking how terrible the Joyce family is at supporting their daughter's talent Talbot's father exhibits his own emotional distance in different style but I felt like the jump in the author's own life from student to mother to scholar left gaps in the narrative that weakened the connection between the two life stories as the book developed