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A Bride's Story, Vol. 1 (A Bride's Story #1)

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Acclaimed creator Kaoru Mori (Emma, Shirley) brings the nineteenth-century Silk Road to lavish life, chronicling the story of Amir Halgal, a young woman from a nomadic tribe betrothed to a twelve-year-old boy eight years her junior. Coping with cultural differences, blossoming feelings for her new husband, and expectations from both her adoptive and birth families, Amir ...more
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Yen Press (first published October 15th 2009)
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Cesar Its a world of diference, this take more of the cultural and historical side. Personally i prefer this over The world is still beautiful

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Seth T.
Mar 29, 2012 Seth T. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
A Bride's Story by Kaoru Mori

I have a wary appreciation for guides. Especially when visiting unfamiliar lands, having someone to help facilitate one's journey into the unknown can be a blessing. When I was wandering around Europe in the mid-Aughts, the cities in which I had friends waiting were comfortable stays. When things went awry—as they inevitably would—having a native's sturdy hand to navigate the unknown kept me from a great deal of unpleasantness in my journeys. And ready access to someone who could ease the cultur
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the golden witch.
I’ve been keeping up with this series since it started serialization in Japan back in 2008. For those of you into the manga/anime genres, you’ll know the author’s previous work (“Emma”), which takes place in Victorian England. This new historical slice-of-life story takes place several centuries earlier in central Asia, in what’s hinted near Mongolia. Her talent for storytelling of worlds past has only grown since then. Yen Press brings it to us with perfection (not to mention excellent ...more
Anya
Read till Chapter 55

I had honestly decided to forgo reviewing Otoyomegatari because anything I would write could in no way faithfully reflect what I feel about this manga series or how much I adore Mori sensei.

I was introduced to the works of Kaoru Mori back in 2006 through Animax when I watched Emma: A Victorian Romance for the first time. I was 12; innocently fascinated with anime and a budding Anglophile. To me, Emma was the perfect amalgamation of things I loved the most- history, anime, and
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Liz
Oh. My. God. Just...OMFG. The artwork in this is...I have no words. Nothing good enough, anyway. Sumptuous, I think, is the closest I can come. Breathtaking, magnificent, awe-inspiring, they all work, but it's really something you have to see to believe. That's a phrase used a great deal, "You have to see it to believe it!" But in this case I think it's very true. The detail put into the art is simply unbelievable. The mangaka states she was fascinated with the culture of the 19th century silk ...more
Majo
Sep 14, 2016 Majo rated it really liked it
Shelves: mangas-y-comics
Otoyomengatari (Bride's Stories) es una manga seinen del estilo slice of life, que cuenta con una narrativa prodigiosa, unos dibujos con lujos de detalles que narra una cultura rica y distante.

La historia transcurre en Asia central (la zona de Kazajistán ) en el siglo XIX, donde una joven de las aldeas montañosas, Amira , se casa con Karluk que pertenece a una familia ganadera. Lo interesante es la diferencia de edad entre los protagonistas: Amira tiene veinte años y Karluk solo doce.



Durante es
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Jubilation Lee
Bride’s Story is a beautifully, beautifully illustrated little book with not much plot and fairly placid character interactions. Although to be fair, Amir (the bride) is a kick-ass nomad who can kill a rabbit on horseback (can kill a rabbit while riding a horse, not can kill a horse-riding rabbit) and knows how to ma-What?!

What... what is happening!?

Why is that twenty-year-old girl marrying that twelve-year-old boy!? Why is that twenty-year-old girl watching while the twelve-year-old boy gets
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Gusfina
--- The Bride's Stories 1-? ---
Plot: SUPERB!
Gambar: SUPERB!
Penokohan: Saya menyukai nyaris semua tokoh^^

Berawal dari membaca ilegal sampai akhirnya bela-belain ngoleksi semua sampai volume yang sekarang telah terbit... ^^ Komik ini adalah salah satu dari sekian banyak komik yang saya beli setelah baca.

Kurasa tidak ada kata yang benar-benar cocok untuk komik ini. "Bagus" tidak menggambarkan komik ini. Komik ini sangat bagus! Lebih bagus dari sangat bagus! Gambarnya detail, konfliknya yang bikin g
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Kaion
Mar 08, 2015 Kaion rated it really liked it
Women’s History Month, or thoughts on everyone’s favorite manga which celebrates the womanly skills of rabbit skinning

My friend just started reading A Bride's Story. She enjoyed the first two volumes, but seemed hung on that most dangerous of reader questions — "but what is the point?" The question flummoxed me a little, because what seems to make A Bride's Story so unique, and so special in the world of serialized storytelling is that the point is the point.

When Kaoru Mori dedicates a chapter
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Sesana
Jan 08, 2014 Sesana rated it really liked it
What initially brought me to this manga was the beautiful cover art. Isn't it lovely? I was also intrigued because the character's costume looked distinctly central Asian to me, not exactly a typical manga setting. I'm very pleased to report that the art is every bit as beautiful on the inside as on the cover. Some of the panels are so intricately detailed that I just stared at them.

The story itself is fairly quiet, slice of life stuff. It's the 19th century, and 20 year old Amir has just entere
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Dov Zeller
Nov 17, 2015 Dov Zeller rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book not really expecting to like it that much, perhaps because though the first volume of Emma was very well done, I didn't find myself terribly drawn into the story. "A Bride's Story" was captivating. Kaoru Mori clearly takes great pleasure in the details of time and place -- clothing, landscapes, architecture, culture, dynamics between and among families. The art is fantastic, the details of every-day life in 18th century Asia drawn with exquisite care. And the characters are ...more
Mike
Aug 15, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mike by: Josei and Seinen Readers Group
A Bride's Story has been on my "to-read" list for quite a while. I had heard wonderful things about it and love slice of life stories in general.

It didn't disappoint. This is an extremely carefully done character driven tale that depicts a situation unthinkable to modern times very accessibly. Amir is welcoming of her new life betrothed by her family to a very young future husband in another tribe and it is very interesting to watch as everyone gets used to each other. The story is well layered,
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Christian
Actually, books 1 & 2.
Definitely many beautiful drawings (intricate embroidery, landscapes...) and rather original theme, set around Central Asia's steppes, a couple of hundred years ago, not exactly sure when.

However original the setting might be, it's immediately recognizable as a Japanese manga. You get the usual cheap tricks like fan service (view spoiler). Ther
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Courtney
I really like the art style, and so far it has an interesting storyline. Mori, the author, obviously put a lot of effort into the research behind the story. And especially into the art work - all of the costumes, especially the women's are very detailed and elaborate. A bit silly - my favourite thing out of the artwork is the way the author draws the lambs - they're so cute! haha...

It's about a girl named Amir (20) whose family arranges for her to marry a young boy named Karluk (12). It's all a
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Jaclyn
Jul 21, 2011 Jaclyn rated it really liked it
I am fascinated by Central Asia so I had to pick up this manga about an accomplished girl who becomes the bride to a younger boy in 19th century Central Asia. The art is gorgeous, with amazing detail of clothes, rugs, jewelry and the world around the characters. The story is cute and engaging. It didn't suck me in 100% but most manga take a few volumes to get rolling anyway.
Tokio Myers
Jun 19, 2016 Tokio Myers rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-read
Some of the best art work I have ever seen in manga. The story is a slice of life of ancient china following a husband and wife so nothing to extreme, but daaammmmeee that detail in the backgrounds/clothing is worth the read.
Lilyth
Nov 24, 2016 Lilyth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo so che non sono obiettiva nel mio voto, questa autrice mi piace così tanto che forse darei cinque stelle pure ai suoi scarabocchi!

La storia si svolge in Asia centrale nel XIX secolo e narra della vita delle famiglie che abitano quella zona, stanziali o nomadi, in particolare quella di Amira e Karluc novelli sposi all'inizio del racconto.

Come è tipico della Mori la storia si concentra sulla quotidianità quello che invece sorprende sono i disegni, così ricchi di dettagli da lasciare senza parol
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Patrizia
Nov 11, 2016 Patrizia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Forse il miglior manga che abbia letto. Storia e personaggi interessanti, ma soprattutto disegni eccezionali. Mi è proprio piaciuto.
Jenni Joru
Sep 27, 2016 Jenni Joru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ilettää myöntää, mutta tämä on ensimmäinen manga, josta selvisin ja josta pidin. 1800-luvun Keski-Aasiaa sijoittuva sarja alkaa 20-vuotiaan Amiran häistä ja elämästä nuoren sulhasen perheessä.

Piirrosjälki oli kaunista, tarina mielenkiintoinen ja tapahtumapaikka kiehtova.
Mayday (m.i.d.e)
Mar 10, 2016 Mayday (m.i.d.e) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Reread. Teeth rooting manga.

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5/5

Kali ini Level Comic memilih untuk menerbitkan komik tidak hanya dengan ide cerita yang dewasa -seperti biasanya- namun juga dengan artwork yang sangat indah. Saya sungguh berterima kasih. Walau harganya mahal, saya rela tidak makan demi komik satu ini.

Menilai buku dari covernya itu penting, karena "Don't judge a book by its cover" adalah naive! Walau saya memang sering menemukan komik yang akhirnya tidak saya baca karena hanya tert
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Matti Karjalainen
Kaoru Morin "Aron morsiamet" (Punainen jättiläinen, 2014) edustaa vaihteeksi aikuisempaa ja tasokkaampaa käännösmangatarjontaa. Sarjakuva sijoittuu eksoottiseen ja vähemmän tunnettuun miljööseen eli keskiaasialaisten paimentolaisheimojen keskuuteen jonnekin 1800-luvulle. Morin aikaisempi mangasarja "Emma" otti jonkin verran vapauksia historiallisissa faktoissa, mutta tässä tapauksessa minun yleissivistykseni ei riitä tunnistamaan mahdollisia tyylirikkoja. Kuvaus vaikuttaa ainakin uskottavalta!

Sa
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Ivon
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ehem,

setelah diingat2 dan dibaca ulang kedua kalinya, ak baru sadar klo setting cerita manga ini enggak jelas di mana. memang di Asia Tengah, tapi di mana? :v

untunglah pada volume tiga, ada adegan berupa peta yang dibuka oleh Pak Smith dan Ali untuk menentukan arah perjalanan mereka selanjutnya. dan setelah membandingkan peta itu dengan peta sungguhan ... aku mengambil kesimpulan sementar
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Lola  Reviewer
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

I'm stunned!!! This manga has the best art I've ever seen! Every graphic is very well draw and it's obvious that the author is talented. I was also hooked by the beautiful story and all the deep and unique characters (especially Rostem, my favorite one) until the very last page. I appreciated learning about Central Asia's culture in the nineteenth century that I found interesting.

Though, the ending was abrupt and it hit me. It was as if the author cutted the final chapter
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David Schaafsma
Apr 22, 2013 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it
Historical manga set in the 19th century, along the Silk Road, where brides like the one who is focused on here are typically married by 12-13. We get personal stories situated in historical context, of course, and a close look at cultural artifacts and traditions. Strong girl (and other girls, and sometimes women) focus from this author, who also provides afterwords to explain her process, talk to readers... Often very beautifully drawn. Very good stuff for looking at, among other things, the ...more
Lori
Mar 25, 2016 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-graphic
I was so intrigued by the cover art on this book posted by a friend on social media, that I decided this would be a great title read in order to complete the graphic novel reading challenge category. I was a bit nervous picking up a Manga novel, but the beautiful illustrations and flowing storyline make it very enjoyable to read. It was closer to being an artistic experience, rather than just a typical read. I had planned to read Vol 1 to complete the challenge; however, now I must read the rest ...more
Zaz
Oct 25, 2015 Zaz rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
The art is really beautiful and the story is unusual. I liked all the family characters, the kids were cute and realistic, and the relationship between the 2 heroes was heart warming. However, it felt a lot awkward to see this 20 years old woman married to a 12 years old boy. She seemed to have difficulties to find her place between mothering him and being his wife and, well, I preferred a lot when she didn't choose the wife path. Otherwise, it was really interesting to see how these people ...more
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Jan 08, 2014 Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) rated it really liked it
I think I might like this more than Emma. The lead, Amir, is far more instantly likable, plus, she's wicked awesome with a bow and arrow! Though it is odd have the romantic leads being a 20 year old woman and a 12 year old boy. But there are sheep! Also awesome clothes. Wish I had known there was a family chart with character names in the back before I read it, it would have been helpful. Now I have to wait for volume two... sigh.
Stephanie
Dec 08, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
4.5
Wow, this artwork is unlike anything I've seen before (haven't seen too much though, but still!) It's so very detailed and gorgeous!
The story is a bit slow and just a little little bit weird because of the age gap between the main character and her twelve year old husband (it's set in the 19th century so I guess things were different back then), but it works anyway. It still seems like a beautiful story and the author/mangaka seems to have put a lot of research and work into this! A LOT!
One
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Vishakha Tyagi
Feb 24, 2016 Vishakha Tyagi rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Vishakha by: Anya
Review till volume 8.

Miss Kaoru Mori has a very specific quality to her story-telling. Like the incidents and anecdotes are not a product of imagination, but of observation. Like it actually happened, and she is just re-telling the tale. I have said this about only one more author: Ursula K Le Guinn (here). There is no moral message, no justifications to be given, no right and no wrong, just a series of events in this story. It's so beautiful it makes me cry happy tears. T_T The world created by
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Natalie
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Sean O'Hara
One day when Karluk is twelve, his dad returns home with an old maid (twenty years old -- practically a hag) and says, "Here, son, I've brought you a wife. Have fun."

Man, my dad never did anything like that for me.

The woman is Amir, a girl from one of the nomadic clans of the south, and she was practically given away by her family -- again, old hag, better get something for her before she hits her sell-by date. Her ways are not those of the settled Eihon family, though they have enough still nom
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Kaoru Mori (森 薫) is a mangaka best known for her series "Emma". Many of her stories are set in Britain and center on characters who are maids.
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