Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier

Line of Fire Diary of an Unknown Soldier A graphic adaptation of a year old diary brings World War I history to lifeOne winter morning Barroux was walking down a street in Paris when he made an extraordinary find the real diary of a sol

  • Title: Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier
  • Author: Barroux Sarah Ardizzone Michael Morpurgo
  • ISBN: 9781907912399
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Paperback
  • A graphic adaptation of a 100 year old diary brings World War I history to lifeOne winter morning, Barroux was walking down a street in Paris when he made an extraordinary find the real diary of a soldier in World War I Barroux rescued the diary from the trash and illustrated the soldier s words In this striking black and white graphic novel adaptation of a 100 year olA graphic adaptation of a 100 year old diary brings World War I history to lifeOne winter morning, Barroux was walking down a street in Paris when he made an extraordinary find the real diary of a soldier in World War I Barroux rescued the diary from the trash and illustrated the soldier s words In this striking black and white graphic novel adaptation of a 100 year old diary, the events of the first two months of World War I are given fresh meaning and relevance to modern audiences This is living history that has the power to engage new generations through one man s story that is silhouetted against the historical events that formed and transformed the world we live in todayneoffirebook

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    1. Barroux Sarah Ardizzone Michael Morpurgo

      Barroux is a Paris based illustrator whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere.

    763 thoughts on “Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier”

    1. Apparently the artist Barroux found this diary of an unknown French soldier from WW1 as he was walking past a house having a clear out - the diary was amid the junk headed for a landfill! He took it home, illustrated the diary and this is the book: Line of FIre: Diary of an Unknown Soldier. The diary covers the first two months of the conflict from France’s declaration of war to September 1914. The diary is sparse with only a line or two to describe the soldier’s day but, as Michael Morpurgo [...]

    2. A discussion about Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier must be told in the context of its conception. While walking down the street in Paris, Barroux, a French author and illustrator of children's books comes upon a diary that has been discarded. Upon opening it, he discovers that this diary was written almost 100 years ago by a French solider in the beginning of World War I. The entries cover a two month period in which the soldier leaves his family and travels with his company east to th [...]

    3. I held high hopes for this book but alas I was dissapointed. For me the story of how the diary was discovered was more intersting than the diary itself. Yes it does provide a brief snaphot into the life of a French soldier at the opening of the Great War. But for me it lacked details and this left me with not feeling connected to soldier. The artwork that accompanyies the diary in my opinion is drab and unisnpiring. I am sorry to say that the book to me felt like it was trying to cash in on the [...]

    4. What a story behind this book! An old diary written by a French 1WW soldier discovered by Barroux being thrown out during a house clearance. Barroux has illustrated the text (translated in full), which is simple, and almost mundane, but in that plain language with the writer's focus on his exhaustion, and worry about his family, you sense an honest, unfiltered direct link back 100 years.

    5. Interesting read. The story behind the book is fascinating. I wish I would know more about France's geography. It would help me understand the story more. Overall interesting book into a soldiers life during the war.

    6. One winter’s morning, Barroux was walking down the streets of Paris when he passed a house which was being emptied of rubbish; piles of old belongings, wrappers and refuse had been placed in the street. ‘We are emptying the basement. Help yourself if you like’ he was told by one of the people ferrying rubbish onto the street. It was at this point that Barroux picked up an ageing yellow diary from amongst the rubbish. A diary which belonged to an unknown soldier serving during world war one [...]

    7. Intriguing project--the artist rescued the diary of an anonymous French WWI soldier from the trash, and illustrated it. The entries are brief capsules, without a lot of detail, but the illustrations somewhat flesh out the context. It all evokes the soldiers' walking, waiting, digging, waiting, restlessness, waiting, and fear. I would have liked to see more of the original pages--I know it's all just handwriting, but the glimpses that are shown are so evocative.

    8. This diary was found in Paris by illustrator Barroux, who hasn’t changed the words, but has brought them to life with simple but effective drawings. The soldier in question has never been identified, but his story would be one shared by many. The most striking thing for me was the physicality of WW1 - the relentlessness of the march-dig-sleep-repeat cycle must have been an ordeal in itself, and that’s before the actual warfare is taken into account. A stark reminder of the misery of war.

    9. An intriguing idea: A journal of a French soldier who fought in WWI is found. Illustrated (and translated into English), the soldier's words and thoughts come alive. The art was rather uninspiring. Some spreads used contrast and negative space quite effectively, but I didn't find many illustrations to be artistically impressive.

    10. It’s 100 years ago this year that WW1 began and yet forgotten mementos from that war still pop up and its unknown ghosts continue to speak to us in voices as fresh and human as any you’d hear today. I wouldn’t say Line of Fire is an amazing first hand account of the war, mostly because of the brevity of the writing, but it is a good example of living history and it does remind us of the mundanity of war as much as its horrors. Line of Fire is a brief but insightful look into the day-to-day [...]

    11. It's amazing that this is true: a man, Barroux, happened to spot rubbish being thrown out of a house for clearing. In that pile was a diary from World War I. Stunning isn't it?And this book is that diary. Barroux's childlike pictures for me capture the anonymous soldier's innocent outlook as he signs up and heads out to the coming war. The soldier's words are sparse - he's not a Wilfred Owen - but you constantly feel what he was feeling. And that is mainly exhaustion. He describes his marches, n [...]

    12. Supposedly this is an authentic diary from the first two months of WWI (1914) discovered not too long ago in France. Then, Barroux illustrated it. The introduction written by the War Horse author was the best part. He eloquently extols the value of this authentic voice and says, "Here you will find no high flown prose or poetry; no sophisticated explanations, no elaboration, no embroidery or exaggeration. It is simply the written record of a man" joining the war. True enough, and that's why to m [...]

    13. I saw Barroux talk last night as part of Edinburgh Book Festival's IDP:2043 events. His artwork was the most simple but, I don't know, maybe interesting of the lot, and when he was talking about the story behind Line of Fire, I really wanted to see it.He was walking down the street one day to find two men clearing out a basement onto the street and told him to feel free to take whatever he wanted. He found loads of paper and the likes, including a diary of a man who went away to fight in World W [...]

    14. Illustrated diary of a WWI French foot soldier. After an introduction Michael Morpurgo stressing the importance of listening to the real voices of World War I, we are shown Barroux walking through the streets of Paris and seeing a diary in a pile of papers from a recently cleaned basement. In the following pages, the soldier’s words recorded in the diary tell the story of leaving his family, mobilizing with other soldiers, brief combat, injury, and returning to the field. Barroux’s black cha [...]

    15. I can appreciate practically all historical reflections, esp in the graphic novel format, and this book is a stellar portal to the like of an army Frenchman in WWI. The idea of basing it off a rescued abandoned journal is priceless. I think materials like this should exist so younger humans can experience a brief witnessing of the war. The text books on the subject don't have real talk like this diary. The text book puts literal numerical measurements on trench warfare, this book lived it. I lik [...]

    16. A great back story to how this book came to be but the final product falls flat for me and I can't help but thinking this is a missed opportunity.The artist stumbled across an old WW1 diary and went on to illustrate the words which covers the first 2 months of the war from a french soldier's perspective. The soldier wrote very short and simple entries, and many were repeats of what had happened the day before. What is desperately missing here is context. Further information on what happened to t [...]

    17. Barrouxin "Line of Fire: Diart of an Unknown Soldier" (Phoenix Yard, 2014) kertoo ranskalaisen rintamamiehen kokemuksista ensimmäisessä maailmansodassa. Taustatarina on mielenkiintoinen: sarjakuvataiteilija löysi sattumalta tuntemattomaksi jääneen maanmiehensä päiväkirjan, jossa tämä kertoi kokemuksistaan sodan ensimmäisinä kuukausina. Ei ole tiedossa, miten hänelle lopulta oikein kävi, sillä päiväkirjan viimeiset merkinnät ovat sotasairaalasta syyskuulta 1914.Tuntemattoman sot [...]

    18. I really liked this book. There isn't nearly enough good comics and graphic novels about the Great War (though this is more of an illustrated story). The story, based on a personal diary, follows the movements of a French soldier through the first few weeks of the Great War in August - September 1914. The story begins with soldiers mobilization on 3 August - a reservist who has finished his regular service but could be called up in time of emergency - as France prepared for war. Unlike most "war [...]

    19. French author/illustrator Barroux rescued a anonymous soldier's diary among some belongings being discarded on the street and adapted it into a graphic novel. The diary chronicles the opening two months of the Great War as experiences by a French infantryman, which offers readers an unusual personal perspective. Found this little gem browsing new titles in my local public library. Nothing like serendipity!

    20. 4 1/2 stars. This is a very cool book. It is the diary of an anonymous WWI soldier, found by an artist and turned into this graphic novel. You can feel this man's apprehension and patriotism and optimism about the war. And his growing sense of dread as the reality of war closes in. There are one or two more graphic moments, but the art style keeps them at bay. I love that the reader gets to create their own ending.

    21. I really enjoyed this book - a quick read and poignant. The unknown soldier as he experienced the beginning of WW1. Whilst the timeframe is short as the diary expands approximately 6 weeks, the diary entries reveal the soldier's emotional state. The illustrations add to the text and add emotion for the reader. The book left me with several "I wonder" questions. One man's trash is another man's treasure - and the story behind this text highlights this statement.

    22. The artwork by Barroux that accompanied the diary entry written by an unknown French soldier from WWI was beautiful with a simplistic touch that went very well with the straightforward writing style of the soldier. I acknowledge the importance of having accounts such as this one from an authentic primary source, the first-hand experiences of the French soldier, but the writing didn't do much for me in this quick read.

    23. Interesting idea, interesting back story, but Barroux has a very sparse and frankly ugly drawing style, and the diary itself doesn't offer much, in the end. Short notes, just couple of months; nondescript preparations and then an abrupt ending. I suppose not everything found in garbage is gold For touching, interesting description of WWI, try Company K.

    24. This book is based on an old diary which was found during someone's house clearance. The story, although sometimes dull, brings the war to you - parts of it was hard but also extremely boring - long marches - long periods of just waiting around. It doesn't go into any graffic details of the injuries or experiences but it doesn't really need to as we know all that anyway. The simple text and simple pencil drawn pictures make a wonderful resource for looking at how war was all those years ago.

    25. Barroux is a French cartoonist. One day he found a WWI soldier's diary in a trash pile on a Paris street. This is his illustrated version of that diary. It covers about five weeks in August and September 1914, during which the unnamed soldier is mobilized, advances and retreats along the front, and is wounded by a German shell. A small tale of the great war and brilliantly told.

    26. This graphic novel resulted from the chance find of an old journal and led the artist Barroux to illustrate this anonymous description of a French soldier as he enters into the first days of WWI. It seems an appropriate book to read as the centenary of the Great War is upon us. My fuller account of the book is HERE.

    27. Superlative. The daily routine from a WWI French foot soldier's diary reveals the drudgery, exhaustion and terror of this unknown man's first month of the war. Barroux's stylistic charcoal drawings provide the just the right mood for the subject. Highly recommended.

    28. Such a great concept and a true, poignant glimpse into the everyday life of an everyday soldier in WWI. The drawings are beautiful and tell half the story, much like Hugo or Wonderstruck. Beautiful little book.

    29. PRIMARY SOURCE!!!A diary from the first few weeks of the Great War, it was rescued from a pile of trash, translated, and turned into a graphic history of the time, a time that changed France and Europe forever.

    30. This boos is about world war. Which is come from a past. This is all about the one man character as captain about his world war at French, and German. There is happening gun shooting, and adventure themselves.

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