The Lighthouse is a graphic novel (it’s more than a short story, more like a novella) by Spanish cartoonist Paco Roca. A work of historic fiction, the story tells of Francisco, a wounded, disheartened sixteen-year-old Republican soldier in the Spanish Civil War. He tries to flee the war by crossing the French border. During his escape, he stumbles upon an old remote lighthouse, removed from the fighting. He is taken in by Telmo, the elderly operator of the lighthouse. As Francisco recuperates from his injuries, Telmo’s tells him tales of epic sea adventures. These stories reignite the spark of life in the teenage soldier.
This is an enjoyable graphic novel. The book is gripping and emotional and will tug at your heartstrings.