Stark and strange and nearly incomplete, this series of images is stitched together with the briefest thread of a story, at once haunting and oddly warm. The afterword explains that the book dates back to the mid-80s, w...more
This graphic novel is strange and wonderful and the only tattoo I have is actually from this book; a picture of two women embracing who are topless but wearing long black skirts and long opera gloves. The tattoo represents self love, my astrological sign, Gemini, and als...more
At best I can describe it as a fairy tale for adults. Reading it restores that feeling of "wtf" I would get while attempting to read way ahead of my ability as a child, into a strange world of monsters and unfathomable sadness... way beyond Jack and Jill.
But other that that sense of dislocation, I didn't bring anything forth with me when the book was finished. I even had to re-read it when someone asked how it ended; I couldn't remember. I suspect a week from now I won't remember a...more
So I checked this book out of the library at the same as Niffenegger's other illustrated novel The Three Incestuous Sisters. I read The Adventuress second, and I found myself flipping through it much faster than I had with the other visual novel. As Niffenegger explains in what amounts to The Afterword, she created this book in two years while she was studying art in Chicago. In comparison, it is clear that The Three Incestuous Sisters was a labor of love over the course of many, many years. The...more
Absolutely haunting. The 'novel in pictures' (not to be confused with a 'graphic novel') is a really interesting and emotionally moving form, an adult 'children's picture book' (my description). I came to this book after 'reading' The Three Incestuous Sisters.
[Serendipity for me again after the image/text amalgam "Nadja" by André Breton which i just read and reviewed.:]
The discussion at the end of the book is informative describing her creative process which s...more
Overall a choppy, odd graphic novel literally bui...more
I also loved Niffenegger's comments on the book's process of creation, which were included at the end. It surprised me that the whole thing was originally completed between 1983 and 1985, when the author was in art school. The style of The Adventuress feels entirely postmodern, and fits right in with the current taste. So...way ahead of its time?
Like a bl...more
Illustrating the story with a unique art technique called Aquatints, Audrey introduces us to a woman created through Alchemy, and the trials and tribulations she endures.
Sometimes creepy and disturbing, always beautiful, her artwork grows in detail as the written words begin to diminish.. allowing the pictures...more
This is basically the story of Audrey Niffenegger's picture story The Adventuress. Fascinating artwork strung together with single sentences or labels to construct something of a mystical fairy tale.
The story is second after the art as Niffenegger says in the afterword. She created the pictures as they came to her in a dream-like state and...more
The art is quite lovely. But if you look at the definitions of the stars, it doesn't say "hated it," it says "did not like it," and I didn't really like it. I think, from the afterword, that this is a series of dreamy, interesting images that she worked on in art school. There is a kind of dreamy story around it, but it's not really about the story, the meaning, the languag...more
This graphic novel is a girl's adventure, she was a creation of the alchemist and she was taken away by the powerful Baron Von K and forced her to marry him, and she fled from the house and met the horesemen and the Napoleon bonaparte (yes indeed that was "the napoleon Bonaparte", then they fell in...more
However, The Time Traveler's Wife, and The Night Bookmobile, are among my favorite books. My most favorite books. Ms. Niffenegger remains an authorial enigma to me.
There was no harmony between the minimalist text and pictures. The 2 or 3 words printed with each picture were on the opposite page which upsets me -- all that wasted space! All that paper wasted! It never would have been published without the success of The Time Traveller's Wife.
This book is a product of ego. What a shitty book!
It's a bit creepy and grotesque, with a Tim Burtonesque quality to it. But with a happy ending.
The story itself is bizarre and surreal (woman gives birth to a cat) -- yet another interesting twist on visual storytelling (see also: The Arrival; Principles of Uncertainty; The Invention of Hugo Cabret). I haven't yet read "The Time Traveller's Wife," but if it's a...more
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