Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence

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Griffin: It's good to get in touch with you at last. Could I have one of your fish postcards? I think you were right — the wine glass has more impact than the cup. —Sabine

But Griffin had never met a woman named Sabine. How did she know him? How did she know his artwork? Who is she? Thus begins the strange and intriguing correspondence of Griffin and Sabine. And since each letter must be pulled from its own envelope, the reader has the delightful, forbidden sensation of reading ...

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Overview

Griffin: It's good to get in touch with you at last. Could I have one of your fish postcards? I think you were right — the wine glass has more impact than the cup. —Sabine

But Griffin had never met a woman named Sabine. How did she know him? How did she know his artwork? Who is she? Thus begins the strange and intriguing correspondence of Griffin and Sabine. And since each letter must be pulled from its own envelope, the reader has the delightful, forbidden sensation of reading someone else's mail. Griffin & Sabine is like no other illustrated novel: appealing to the poet and artist in everyone and sure to inspire a renaissance in the fine art of letter-writing, it tells an extraordinary story in an extraordinary way.

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Library Journal
Comic creators as diverse as Jason and Ben Katchor have all given great attention to the form their work takes, paying due heed to paper feel, binding, and cover design. Ware does not so much take the concern with the physical nature of comics farther than others as much as he focuses a spotlight on it. Joining him in forcing readers to be aware of the physical embodiment of the story are pop-up-book artists such as Gary Greenberg and the many authors, such as Brian Selznick, who make the reader follow the story on multiple planes. Nick Bantock’s illustrated novel of actual correspondence (postcards and letters) is a great choice for readers who enjoy Ware as much for his artistic talent as for his tactile emphasis. In Bantock’s books readers have to take letters out of their envelopes, unfold them, and read the story in a new form. They must also interpret the illustrations on all the correspondence in light of the developing plot. It is a brilliant example of the illustrated novel, one that not only shares a heritage with Ware but with McSweeney’s boxes as well.

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877017882
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/28/1991
  • Series: Griffin & Sabine Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 97,935
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Bantock is the author of numerous illustrated novels, including Griffin & Sabine, Sabine's Notebook, The Golden Mean, The Gryphon, and Alexandria, which together spent 100 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Born in England, he now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    It truly is an extraordinary experience!! You will love it!!

    There are 6 books in the Griffin and Sabine series. Each page of every book is a special experience. The story keep you guessing so doesn't get boring - and the special artwork and touches like letters in envelopes (the first book I saw that did this) makes the journey with G&S very interesting. Bantock is an artist of many different styles - love it! I have had my set for a very long time (1992) and am on my fourth set for friends. Wonderful gift books. I just found another book by NB, "Windflower," which is a novel - anxious to read it!

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

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    Delicious and Mysterious Romance

    Lovers love, and whatever distance or mystery is tossed between them, they still will love. In "Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence" by Nick Bantock, we begin an intimate journey between two lovers destined to be enraptured in all that is dreamt of. They catapult the divide of geography and join mid-mail in a postal embrace, captured by Bantock in a sweet and phenomenal book.

    Griffin is a postcard artist in England and Sabine is a stamp designer for a small Pacific island. Each is perceived as sublimely exotic to the other as they reveal the secrets of their lives through correspondence.

    What is the romance of "Griffin & Sabine?" Besides being an 'extraordinary correspondence,' it is about two lovers who connect through the artistic passions they share. Like the romances that now happen through the internet, or the Victorian era correspondences, there is an innocence and delicacy to their exchanges of mail.

    This is the romance which never happened in "84 Charing Cross Road." This is what the romance should've been in "You've Got Mail." This is what "Cyrano De Bergerac" could've been if not a tragedy.

    Bantock dangles a sensuous, sumptuous step into the hearts of a fantasy based in a reality that the reader will smile, wondering if the writer knew someone like Sabine, if she has been created like Pygmalion sculpted Galatea.

    Begin with "Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence" and follow their story through subsequent tales in other book.

    --Brockeim

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    GIFT!

    This is a gift I often give to close friends for their wedding shower. The love story is fascinating and the actual letters that you pull from the book as you read through it make it so much more stimulating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2002

    Very Original And Inspiring

    I was introduced to this book while taking an Illustration and Design class in high school. The story is captivating and the ability to be pulled into their world by actually opening letters "that they wrote" was truly original. I picked up this book recently to add to my own library, and I was impressed, even reading it again, how much FUN it is to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2002

    Complete Artistry

    From the painted postcards to the calligraphy to the sheer poetry of words that are exchanged between these two artistic souls- reading this correspondance is magical. It can inspire you to start your own magical correspondance. This book is definitely worth sharing with someone you love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2000

    AMAZING BOOK

    This book is profoundly strange and messed up.....I love it!! Its a phenomenal book. Griffin and Sabine, the characters, are very well developed, and have fascinating personalities!!! I recommend this book to everyone who likes to THINK

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