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How the World Was by Emmanuel Guibert


How the world wasThe artistic quality of How the World Was is impressive and includes detailed landscapes, deft interpretations of family photographs, and emotionally resonant representations the family at the core of this book. Early twentieth century California is a significant character that guides the narrative through the narrator’s childhood. Despite the fact that Alan Cope was recounting memories of his youth during his old age, the level of detail and resonance to his narrative is halting. What was most touching to me is the way in which the narrator reveals how he developed complex concepts as a child regarding death, religion, and self-image. This is a compelling story of an average childhood and a California that many of us wish we could have experienced for ourselves.

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