Two Generals

Two Generals

Book - 2010
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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.

Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2010.
ISBN: 9780771019586
Characteristics: 137 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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JessicaGma May 30, 2018

It's a story where you have to read all the way through to see what happens to the two soldiers. I know many mention that the story is chaotic, but I feel that would be as it was during the war. It's a good tale to read to get a bit more Canadian history than what was taught/missed at school.

Nov 12, 2017

Two Generals is a graphic novel about the true story of the author’s grandfather, Law Chantler, during his time fighting for the allies in World War 2 alongside his best friend and fellow officer Jack. And you can tell from the start that Scott Chantler knew what he was writing about; that he wasn’t writing in his own words but in the words of one who was there and saw it. The beginning hooks readers and the end wraps it all up decently. The only thing readers may dislike is what’s in the middle. The style and attention to detail is something you expect to see in a newspaper comic rather than a graphic novel. It also makes it next to impossible to make out and identify different characters. The facts that there is no colour to provide identifying traits such as hair colour, they all look similar and dress the same only add to this problem. And it cuts in and out of scenes like a comic book or graphic novel, but with none of the flow; some of the transitions are difficult to identify, while others hit you like a bullet. If you want to do some light research on Operation Overlord or just kill a few hours, this book is as good a choice as any.
- @R2-D2 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 08, 2017

Gritty bittersweet book with ironic title & a haunting ending.

CatherineG_1 Oct 24, 2014

A beautifully done graphic novel about two Canadian officers who were at the Battle of Normandy. Told from the perspective of the granddaughter of one of the soldiers. A White Pine selection!

Apr 11, 2013

wow, this book is great.

WhitePineVP May 04, 2012

Sad story, but still a good book.

rosecolourwitch Apr 04, 2012

it was a good book

SCornelisse Dec 05, 2011

This was a very quick read that would appeal to the graphic novel enthusiasts. It touches on the realities of World War II, and the fragility of life. A memorable tribute to the author's grandfather and the Highland Light Infantry of Canada.

bibliophile80 Nov 17, 2011

Really enjoyed this one!

If I were a cartoonist, this is the style I would emulate. Not only that, but the story recounts of a man gone to war with his friend and tells fo the times battle was downright gritty and gruesome.

Based on true events.

Jul 05, 2011

I enjoyed reading a war story in a different format than I usually do and found the small parts of humour a good addition. The comment on page 45 "some vetrans of the HLI curse them to this day" shows that not everyone died, and people live on.

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