Britten and Brülightly

Britten and Brülightly

by Hannah Berry


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ISBN-13: 9780805089271
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 8.26(w) x 11.64(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Brighton-based Hannah Berry, twenty-five years old, has contributed numerous illustrations to U.K. magazines. Britten and Brülightly is her first book.

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Britten and Brülightly 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
StephenShirl More than 1 year ago
After several reads, I can say that what first seemed like a soft edged noir story actually is darker than it first appears. The main character is both sad and pathetic, yet manages to have you feel his desire for good in a profession filled with none. The story moves very quickly and keeps you moving in a more cinematic style than I am used to from most graphic novels. Deciding to use carefully placed looks and stark images to move you seamlessly from restaurant to rain drenched alley. The long list of bit players in the story get full development throughout with handwritten narration. Which is one of my few complaints. The text is sometimes difficult read, but the different styles of text used help to convey mood so it is a toss up. The pair of detectives make for one part Lethal Weapon style banter mixed with Cohen brothers dark humor. They are without a doubt the highlight of the story. While the character of Charlotte is reminiscent of Faye Dunaway in Chinatown, sensual and strong. Since this is a graphic novel the art must be discussed. Hannah Berry has done an amazing job in that respect. The color palette seems smaller than it is. The images never stray out of 75% light even when indoors. Yet you never lose a single moment in darkness or poor inking. Without letting to much on, I have read some complaints about the ending. I found the ending unexpected and rewarding. Even if it isn't the typical ending for the genre, it made for a strange yet classic noir ending. If you are looking for a fun and engrossing afternoon read, grab this and enjoy. You will be like me and just wish it was longer.
StoutHearted on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This graphic novel is quirky, dark, charming, and puzzling all at once. It centers around Fernandez Britten, an Ecuadorian repeatedly mistaken for French by his English neighbors. Britten runs a detective agency and is disillusioned by his reputation as "The Heartbreaker" for exposing the infidelities of his clients' spouses. His partner and only companion, Stewart Brulightly, is a tea bag that kind of substitutes for the part of Britten's soul that stil appreciates life.Britten's depressed reverie is shaken by a case dropped on his lap by the mysterious Charlotte Maugham, daughter of a powerful publishing magnate. Her fiance died of an apparent suicide, but Charlotte suspects murder -- and she wants Britten to find out what really happened. Searching for the truth leads them all into danger and towards a devastating secret from both Britten and Charlotte's pasts.The tone of the novel is classic film noir. The art is all black and gray hues, and the diaglogue hearkens to witty gallows humor. Berry captures little details in close up beautifully that pause or add tension to the flow of the story. The dialogue itself is written in a sloppy cursive font that was difficult for me to read at times. I think a that a better font could have been selected to compliment the tone of the story. As for the story itself, I found it hard to follow at first, but was able to catch up by the wrap-up climax at the end. But it was all very enjoyable in a film-noir way that is thrilling and stylistic. Berry never does explain about the teabag, but that's fine; it just takes us further into the quirky mind of our protagonist: a man on the verge of giving up, hoping to find something good in the world to cling to and give him a reason to hold on.I found myself constantly amazed by the art as I read. Truly, it's the artwork that makes this graphic novel stand out among other and worth reading again and again.
stephmo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Film noir in graphic novel form. Hannah Berry does a marvelous job of paying homage not only to the look of film noir but to the story lines as well. Fernández Britten is our embittered detective, known on the streets as "The Heartbreaker" due to his penchant for working cases involving telling the jealous the unfortunate truth. His partner, Stewart Brülightly has his faults, not the least of which involves his being a teabag. Fern is at the end of his rope and at the point in his career where he refuses to get out of bed for anything less than a murder. This is exactly what Charlotte Maughton would like Fern to prove has happened in the alleged suicide of her fiance, Berni Kudos. Berry's stories are rivaled by her magnificent drawings that pay equal attention to environment and character.
mamzel on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The voice-over narration, the constant rain, the back-stabbing characters, murder, and blackmailing all contribute to the mood of this graphic novel. A totally unexpected addition is Britten's (the "researcher") sidekick, Brulightly, is a teabag.The opening line - "As it did every morning with spiteful inevitability the sun rose."
SamanthaMarie on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Graphic novel noir detective story. Britten is a private eye hired to investigate the apparent suicide of a woman's fiancee. The style of the graphic novel is appropriately dark, and Britten is a man also appropriately dark. Comic relief is provided by his partner Brulightly, who is a teabag.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
I love the idea of graphic novels. I love the idea that drawings can instantly tell us things about people and situtions and language provides depth, gloss, and character. Persepolis gave us serious biography graphically, and now Britten and Brülightly takes us part of the way to what I imagine is possible for graphic literature. The art is superbly suitable for the noirish mystery. It was nuanced, and showed us slight variations in meanings. The choice of frames impelled the story forward at a reasonable clip (could, perhaps, have used a few more frames as I had to flip back a couple times). The authorial voice for Britten is dour and dry and funny. I loved the characterizations. I hated the ending, however. I do not usually criticize what the author has decided to present, but I do criticize how they present it. The story line was perhaps not all I would have wished, but the effort is exceptional. I look forward to the direction this book has moved us.
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stephanie206 More than 1 year ago
Gorgeously rendered and darkly funny, plus it's a terrific and original little mystery with engaging characters. A really lovely debut graphic novel; Hannah Berry is a true talent, and I very much look forward to seeing more from her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago