Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence

Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence

by Nick Bantock


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780877017882
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 08/01/1991
Series: Griffin & Sabine Series
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 158,826
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About 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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Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
One_B-N_Fan More than 1 year ago
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!
Brockeim More than 1 year ago
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
-Eva- on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Postcard artist Griffin gets a card from mysterious Sabine who somehow can view his world from thousands of miles away, and the two strike up a rather unusual correspondence. This is an inventive and aesthetically interesting epistolary story that has an unexpected spin at the end, resulting in more questions than answers. I was mainly impressed with the art, but the ending was surprisingly dark and intrigued me enough to pick up the following parts of the trilogy although I would have liked a more fleshed-out story. Opening the envelopes to read the continuing story was much more satisfactory than I would ever have thought even though (or maybe because) it felt slightly illicit to read someone else's mail.
eenerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really weird cool trilogy where psychically connected artists correspond across the space-time continuum, fall in love, and struggle to be together. Tactile experience with real letters you pull out and read, and similar postcards all drawn by the star-crossed lovers, Griffin & Sabine. Awesome.
FireandIce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you received a postcard from a total stranger who seemed to know an awful lot about you? If you're postcard artist Griffin Moss, you write back. The story follows their burgeoning relationship through a series of postcards and letters (tucked into envelopes attached to the page) and leaves the reader wanting more, more, more!
amyfaerie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
None of the others are as fresh and amazing as this original. A literary love story for the voyeur in all of us.
BoundTogetherForGood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very intriguing book. I really like the style of it, written in the form of letters from one character to another.
JechtShot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A postcard arrives in the mail from a stranger in the South Pacific. This person appears to be linked to you somehow; a window into your mind. Thus begins, the extraordinary correspondence of Griffin and Sabine. Griffin and Sabine is both an intriguing read and more importantly a work of art. The postcards and letters found within the pages are both beautiful and thought provoking. This novel also satisfies the inner-voyeur in all of us by allowing us to follow the relationship of Griffin and Sabine through their written words. This book is akin to reading someone else's mail inadvertently, you know it is wrong, but curiosity eventually wins out.
bookishbunny on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the G&S books more for the art than the story. However, in this first volume of the series, a mystery unfolds...
xicanti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful book packed full of extremely lovely art. The correspondance format also makes for fascinating reading; it's wonderful to see how the relationship between the two characters develops through the written word and their shared artistic experiences.
TheScrappyCat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous artwork and wonderful, interactive reading experience. The first in a series, this is a love story told in letters and postcards...actual letters, since you remove them from their envelopes to read them. It's more of an experience than just a read! Enjoyed immensely.
DCArchitect on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you appreciate beautiful things and have a fanciful sense of the romantic, do not miss this book.
nnylrac2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unique and moving. You'll want them to meet. Hands on in a way most "adult" fiction is not.
auntmarge64 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An exquisite little book of illustrated postcards and letters (including the actual letters in envelopes), which tells of the first correspondence between two artists, one of whom has been dreaming the other's art for years. Taking the letters out of the envelopes, unfolding and reading them, and returning them lends an intimacy to the story which lingers long after. Simply beautiful, and a unique experience.
Osbaldistone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know what to say about this odd little book. I read it the day I bought it (it doesn't take long), and was the sense of forensic snooping, trying to get into the head of someone I've never met, was delicious. The unavoidable tactile nature of this book adds to the effect. And the conclusion is both startling and expected. I had no choice but to start the sequel immediately.Os.
maggie1944 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clever concept and attractive art work but not a successful effort, in my opinion. The "mysterious" relationship between Griffin and Sabine strains credulity and is not moving over into fantasy or science fiction either.
Nickelini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Highly original. From the first page I just wanted to keep reading --not through just this book, but through the whole series--and see where the journey would take me. A great gift for the arty reader in your life.
misselainey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found the first three books in this story on a coffee table of a friend of a friend in a strange city some years ago. I was transported to a magical place which I have never felt the need to fully shake off . Bantock is an addiction. Reading his works is like visiting dreamland, although I am awake. If you can remember your younger self and the way a book could become the whole of the world while in it , these are an extension of that place.
TheDivineOomba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to find this book at the Library Book Sale, and in perfect condition! I read a library copy a number of years ago and found it perfectly delightful, if not a bit creepy. Its a short book, but you can spend a large amount of time just looking over the odd illustrations. And the ending, I am still trying to figure it out. It could go so many ways...I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a bit of oddity in there life.
dizzyweasel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful and macabre epistolary novel that tells its story by making readers open letters and peruse postcards. The love story is saved from banality by the creepiness of the couple's connection and the frightening psychology of the artwork in the postcards.
9days on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting to read this one for years, the price my only detraction. I originally fell in love with Nick Bantok's work through his amazing "The Museum At Purgatory". He's something of a blend of a writer and artist, creating stories he augments with ephemera (artwork, collages, bric-a-brac) that's tangible (you can touch and play with it, as it were).Griffin & Sabine is his more lauded work, telling the story of two lovers who've never met and only communicate through postcards and letters (the letters being folded into envelopes attached to the page, so you can take them out and read them).I was seriously disappointed. The story is flat, neither character is particularly likable (not that either is necessarily unlikable), and the whole books takes about ten minutes to get through. And it ends in such a way that, if you want to know what happens next, you'll have to go out and spend more money on yet another 10-minute romp through disappointment.
heidilove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series is so beautiful and endearing it will grip you. The power of a letter is once again revealed for the powerful piece of magic that it is.
Luckygranadma More than 1 year ago
Hi, Brokeim, can I ask you what is the chronological order of those books? Can you help, please? I just read one, it is soooo wonderful,will order t rest of them, but would like to read in a correct order. Thanks
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