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Two Generals [Hardcover]

Scott Chantler
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Oct. 26 2010

A beautifully illustrated and poignant graphic memoir that tells the story of World War II from an Everyman's perspective.
 
In March of 1943, Scott Chantler's grandfather, Law Chantler, shipped out across the Atlantic for active service with the Highland Light Infantry of Canada, along with his best friend, Jack, a fellow officer. Not long afterward, they would find themselves making a rocky crossing of the English Channel, about to take part in one of the most pivotal and treacherous military operations of World War II: the Allied invasion of Normandy. Two Generals tells the story of what happened there through the eyes of these two young men -- not the celebrated military commanders or politicians we often hear about, but everyday heroes who risked their lives for the Allied cause. Meticulously researched and gorgeously illustrated, Two Generals is a harrowing story of battle and a touching story of friendship -- and a vital and vibrant record of unsung heroism.


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"Our top pick this Remembrance Day, not for its novel mix of format and subject but for its stunning success in bringing home the real foot soldier's experience..."
Toronto Star
 
"Profoundly moving..."
—Straight.com
 
"Two Generals is a compelling portrait of two Canadian officers during the Second World War, with an extreme attention to detail in the dress, troop movements and battles, and especially their day-to-day lives...an endearing success..."
National Post


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"Scott Chantler [has a] knack for suspense." 
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About the Author

SCOTT CHANTLER is an acclaimed graphic novelist and illustrator who has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Joe Shuster and the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian cartooning excellence. He is the author of Northwest Passage, a multi-volume graphic narrative set in 1755 colonial Canada, and the artist of graphic novels including Days Like This, Scandalous, and Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen. He is also a popular commercial illustrator whose clients include McDonald's, Reebok, Macy's, the Toronto Star, the National Post, and Maclean's.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Up for Two Generals Jan. 22 2011
Format:Hardcover
My wife bought me a copy of the World War 2 graphic novel "Two Generals" for Christmas, the story of two Canadian officers who take part in the battle for Normandy following the D-Day landings. For half an hour I was oblivious to the screams and shouts of my two kids as I read this book, choking back the tears. I had no family at Normandy and am not prone to emotional outbursts so I can only conclude that this is simply an excellent story, heart-breakingly well told.

My wife was cross with me for leaving her to look after two screaming children, so I just passed the book to her and watched her react in the same way that I had.

The author's impressive research is noticeable on every page. The front cover for example shows St Giles Church, Stokes Poges, with the ivy and bushes as they were in the 1940s not as they are now. It stands up well to a re-read, with subtleties noticed that I missed the first time.

If Herge had written for adults, he would have come up with something like this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bond of Friendship Jan. 22 2011
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I love reading journals,memoirs and books based on them.

Wow! That one word could some up my complete review. Wow to the story! Wow to the graphics! Wow to the physical book itself!

Let's start with the book. The top and bottom halves are faux leather-look, the corners are rounded on the board and the pages. The pages are a nice thick quality paper and the book virtually looks like a moleskin journal. It even has an elastic band to hold it together. Beautiful book to behold!

The story is centred on the true life WW II experiences of the author's grandfather Lew Chantler and his best friend Jack. Little did they know it but they would end up being in the famous attack on the beaches of Normandy and be the Canadian division who recaptured Caen, France and ultimately ended up in the battle at Buron. The book spends plenty of time describing their training in England and life for the soldier not on active duty there before the meat of the story switches over to the Invasion at Normandy and the horrors of war. Examine the horror and tragedy of war the book certainly does while still recognizing the bravery and honour of the men who fought and those who died for their country. Taken up to the leadership level of majors, presidents, kings and those who plan the war, irony can often be found in Chantler's book. This is also the story of the bond of friendship and how one doesn't know how strong a friendship is until it is put to the test of a hardship.

The artwork is fantastic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Dec 8 2012
By Luli
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This graphic novel is truly an amazing piece of contemporary Canadian literature! I read this novel for one of my classes and was very pleased to keep it and re-read it. Chantler tells his grandfather's story in a truly compelling way. Additionally, I really liked the quality of the book itself. I have to say, for the material and the overall presentation, this is a very fair price for the book!! It's a great buy and read; you'll be immediately drawn in by the great artwork, the top-notch quality of the pages, and the well-crafted storyline. Lastly, shipping was amazingly quick, just in time for when I would need it for my class!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful artwork and a gripping story. Sept. 29 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The artwork is top notch and the story is told in a way that really makes you think of what life was like for our soldiers fighting in World War II. I couldn't put this book down. I really became immersed in the story, I loved the detail in the artwork and in the story, really made me think of what life was like during those times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scott Chantler's Two Generals Jan. 11 2011
Format:Hardcover
Scott Chantler is a creator who not only understands the potential for entertainment with the graphic novel format, but also the potential for education. Drawing upon material spanning decades, Chantler paints a vivid picture of the military life his grandfather lived in WWII. Canadian achievements are often over-shadowed in this time period, but Cantler helps rectify this.

The book is perfect for anyone interested in war history, Canadian history, or simply good graphic novels in general. This hard cover edition is quite handsome to look at and would fit on any bookshelf. I wish more publishers used similarly well-thought out designs for their graphic novels.

The attention to detail in many of the pages helps to further elevate this book. The artwork is stunning in places and also quite evocative. The story captures the mood and spirit of the times in ways that make you laugh, feel excited and become depressed throughout the course of the volume.

It is very deserving of the five stars I have given it.
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