Zoe isn't exactly the intellectual type, which is why she doesn't recognize world-famous author Thomas Rocher when she stumbles into his apartment . . . and into his life.
Zoe doesn't know Balzac from Batman, but she's going to have to wise up fast . . . because Rocher has a terrible secret, and now Zoe is sitting on the literary scandal of the century.
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Penelope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982, to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a bestselling graphic novel author and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. She blogs, drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows. Exquisite Corpse is her first graphic novel to be published in the United States.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Zoe isn't sure what she wants to do with her life except that she doesn't want it to involve her lousy boyfriend and her totally unsatisfying job as a merchandise exhibitor at trade shows. Zoe is frustrated by everything and everyone. At least until she meets the eccentric Thomas Rocher. Zoe doesn't recognize him as a literary genius and (supposedly) deceased author. Turns out dead authors can still get pretty great book deals--especially Thomas since his ex-wife Agathe is also his agent. Zoe has a lot to learn about publishing but she also might teach Thomas and Agathe a thing or two in Exquisite Corpse (2015) by Pénélope Bagieu. Exquisite Corpse was originally published in Bagieu's native France in 2010. Now it is happily available in English translation. Bagieu combines humorous scenes and snappy dialog in this laugh-out-loud comic adventure. Although many of Zoe's problems are decidedly adult (lousy job, a boyfriend who wants sex while Zoe is busy fuming), her lack of direction and uncertainty about her future will feel universal to many readers. With detailed characters and a plot ripe for follow-up, readers will also wonder Exquisite Corpse might only be the first act for Zoe, Thomas and Agathe. Exquisite Corpse is filled with brightly colored panels and Bagieu's clean-lined, sleek artwork that perfectly highlights the interplay between what is written and drawn on each page. Laugh-out-loud twists and a surprise ending make this graphic novel an enjoyable quick read sure to brighten a dull lunch hour or commute.
I loved the artwork and fascinating storytelling. It was charming and funny.
Pros: A very quick read; both short in length and in text since the graphics take up a lot of the pages // Easy to navigate; pleasant, simple, yet completely eye-catching illustrations // Quirky fairy-tale ending Cons: A pretty passing read... not particularly memorable or noteworthy about it // The plot is too straightforward, without much emotional or suspenseful resonance to it Verdict: Simple in narrative and easy to read, Exquisite Corpse is a book I enjoyed due to its cartoony and eccentric elements. This is definitely an adult's version of a picture book, with more mature themes of sex and deviousness running through it—at least PG-13 status, despite its frivolous, glitzily colorful drawings. Pénélope Bagieu's debut is among the easier and quicker graphic novels to read, although the short length and limited text space do result in underdeveloped story quality. As far as bande dessinées are concerned, Exquisite Corpse retains that slightly vintage Euro vibe that's classic to the genre, but still makes an offbeat splash in the scene, as it's totally minimalistic, sexy, and debauch—just as the Parisians do best. 6 hearts: Decent for a first read, but I'm not going back; this book is decidedly average (whatever that means!). Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, First Second!).