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One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular?and notoriously reclusive?author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.
A mysterious and beguiling love story with elements of Poe, Twain, ...
One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular—and notoriously reclusive—author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.
A mysterious and beguiling love story with elements of Poe, Twain, Hemingway, and Greek mythology, drawn in moody black-and-white charcoal, Sailor Twain is a study in romance, atmosphere, and suspense.
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"This extraordinary work of fiction pushes the graphic novel well beyond its previous limits. The narrative takes us on many journeys through space and time, but is more than a mere tale. It's about past and present, the absolute importance of myth, of language, of stories themselves. In superb words and drawings, it also explores obsession and love in a way that is original to the genre, and to literature itself. In the best sense, the completed work succeeds in a very difficult task: making the reader more human. Bravo!" —Pete Hamill
"Addictive." —Rachel Maddow
"Wow. Fabulous." —Robin McKinley
"A gorgeous piece of work about moral conflicts, romantic distress, and fishy secrets." —Laura Kipnis
"A romance in the truest sense of the word, Sailor Twain is a marvel of graphical beauty and complex, intelligent storytelling. Siegel creates a misty, magical Hudson river that is somehow realer and truer and mroe seductive and many fathoms deeper than the real thing." —Lev Grossman
"I had a most engaging voyage on the doomed Lorelei, and I much enjoyed meeting young Captain Twain—not to mention the mermaid in the Hudson. This is a gripping novel with compelling characters, enhanged by haunting, erotically charged drawings." —John Irving
"Siegel’s illustrations underscore the multiple themes of deceit and deception: softly blurred charcoal riverscapes transform the Hudson into a proving ground for dark magic, and the doe-eyed characters are nowhere near as innocent as they look. You’re never too old for a well-told fairy tale." —BCCB
19th century steamboat captain Elijah Twain finds a wounded mermaid named South in the
Hudson River and nurses her back to health. Her existence seems to hold the key to the strange
behavior of some of Twain’s shipmates, most notably Dieudonné de Lafayette and his vanished
brother, Jacques-Henri. Twain seeks to discover exactly why. A controversial best-selling book
about mermaids—shockingly penned by a woman—provides some answers but raises questions
of its own.
Real Objet d'Art
Sailor Twain is a triumph of collaboration. Lore, history, social ethics, and romance swirl together, wearving a thing of ominous beauty. I am also so happy to find a book that revives the original ethos of mermaid folklore, of trickery and eroticism. And to top it all off, this is a graphic novel! Truly, an objet d'art.
Posted March 8, 2013
You are doomed. It's a maritime hazard. But is it possible to survive such a curse? This graphic novel takes you to 19th Century Hudson River where steamboats convey passengers and cargo between New York and Albany instyle . Chock full of maritime and period detail.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 26, 2013
Posted November 12, 2012
Victorian-era New York, a steamboat captain staying true to his ill wife, a lecherous boat owner and a mermaid, all wrapped up in a hardcover graphic novel. The beautiful charcoal drawings really help tell the tale, making more believable the danger of both night and water. Captain Twain pulls a wounded mermaid from the water and hides her in his cabin until she is healed, receiving her promise never to sing to him. But will she still pull him into the depths of the Hudson River? How many men has the mermaid captured with her song? Nudity and a few drawings of sexual acts might put off some readers but are entirely appropriate to the story. A very enjoyable read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2012
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Posted October 3, 2012
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