The Three Incestuous Sisters
One year ago at Christmas time I was shopping with my latest charming, psychotic, former crack dealer boyfriend... and suddenly the cover of this book loomed up at me from...more
Classic tale of sibling rivalry set in grotesque art. Funny at times and mundane sometimes. The story hits me since I have 2 sisters (and definitely Adler would have a field day interpreting our personalities). Though, unlike the book , I think the dynamics of our sibling relationship is way, way much better than those in the book and my sisters agree with me, after all, all of us read this.
A quick read, better admired for it's graphic art than its storyline, The Three In...more
Themes of loneliness, l...more
Niffenegger's afterword for this “visual novel” (as she calls it, to make it distinct from a graphic novel; I fail to see the difference) says that she originally started with a full story and illustrations, and pared away bits of story until she got to where it is now-- essentially illustrations and captions (very little of the text that accompanies the illustrations runs more than one sentence). Which begs the question: why stop th...more
When you are done make sure to read the AFTERWORD because in this she explains that she created aquatints for the images. If you don't know anything about this printing process, you should know that it is incredibly involved and really interesting to watch someone create images in this way. If you have ever seen the movie "Goya's Ghosts" it shows Goya going through the process. Also you can probably youtube it.
That fact alone makes this "visual novel" that much more interesting.
Maybe some other time
Several years and half of "The Time Traveller's wife later, I stumble upon this book again, this time on the sale bin. The gods must be smiling, methinks
I do not understand Audrey Niffenegger, which is code for I don't understand her work. The potential is t...more
I let myself be dragged along while my girlfriend picked out a few movies to watch - although we have dozens of unwatched DVDs at home - somehow this trip was still needed?
Anyway, after a bit of digging through the movies, then trying without any luck to find a game to rent - I wandered to the books (gotta LOVE Hastings) and decided the 4 - 5 THOUSAND unread books I had at the house were enough for now.
I plopped in one of the end cap chairs and...more
Sure, at first you might be thinking a book with pictures is for kids, but this visual novel is so much more than something childish, not to mention the content is very mature. For a book of few words, Niffenegger has created an enthralling stories and characters with depth. Timeless themes of love, loss, jealousy and violence, among others, find careful treatment via the few, well-chosen words that are paired with the often intricate, at times disturbing aquatints.
As I read this book, I spent o...more
I really, really loved this. I'd bought it as a present, but did that terrible thing of reading it first, just to see! And I'm glad I did (and I was super careful not to leave any marks ;). I'm not usually a fan of this sort of visual novel, but Audrey Niffenegger has such a skill in distilling her imagination and her stories into the essence of what storytelling is that this was a tale I could get perfectly involved with. A beautiful one, at that - amusing and peculiar, emotional and delightful...more
IT SAID SHE STARTED WRITING THIS WHEN SHE WAS TEN! What kind of...more
I guess the story could have been sort of interesting if it had actually been fleshed out a bit maybe. It was more like an outline for a story than a story. I looked through it at work, and must have had a most confused look on my face the entire time. Not only was there little point to the story, but I didn't find it to be beautiful art for art's sake.
Also, disturbing. Babies being blown up? Creepy. Now, I don't have any...more
It's somewhere between a graphic novel and a picture book for adults. It has the surreal matter-of-fact approach to story tellin...more
Mmmmmm !!!.....and ALAS.
This book arouses my suspicions of the Arts.
Once artists were required to have skills.
As I said to Alfonso one evening at the conclusion of a Violin Concerto at a Sydney Symphony Concert,in the Concert Hall of Sydney's mythic Opera House:
"This is one place where you can't FAKE it."
This book has two levels of required skills - writing skills and drawing skills and perhaps colour skills.
So, three levels.
Mercifully it took me very little time to finish this book.
When I checked out Niffinegger's "labour of love" from the library, I received a weird look from the librarian. Luckily, I was also buying The Time Traveler's Wife, a well-loved book by Niffenegger, which I pointed out was also by the author, hoping that that explained my reading choice. The librarian only had one thing to say, "...more
The book feels like a dream or a fairy tale. There's minimal text to accompany the large and beautiful drawi...more
Told mostly through pictures (painstakingly created but still only 'ehh' most of the time), the text in this book is really just a series of captions for the pictures. The story is loosely held together through that, and even though it is there -- and a rather disturbing story it is, too -- it never feels...more
This is another moody, surreal story which, in spite of the eyebrow-raising title, does not involve any incest that I can tell. Some of the pictures are stronger than others; the best are the ones which depict an emotional state ("Clothilde, horrified"; "Haunted") proving without a doubt that pictures can say things that words cannot...more
Illustrating the story with a unique art technique called Aquatints, Audrey introduces us to three sisters.. and the havoc they reek on each other.
Sometimes creepy and disturbing, always beautiful, her artwork grows in detail as the written words begin to diminish.. allowing the pictures to tell the story.
Prior to reading the book, with its tone and colors, I know it has a dark plot somewhere that someone will die or something tragic like that. As I'm just starting to familiarize myself with visual novels and the likes, this one is a great add to one's collection.
Can't wait to discuss this book with friends in detail.
Niffenegger's debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife (2003), was a national bestseller. The Time Traveler's Wife is an unconventional love story that centers on a man with a strange genetic disorder that causes him to unpre...more