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Alexandria: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Unfolds (Morning Star Trilogy #2)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,072 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Alexandria will continue to delight the 3 million readers who fell in love with the epistolary romance of Griffin & Sabine. Awash with gorgeous artwork, the mystery of Griffin Moss and Sabine Strohem now entwines Matthew Sedon, an archaeologist steeped in Egyptian antiquity, and Isabella de Reims, a student in Paris whose vision holds the key to a new reality. Intrigue ...more
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published 2002 by Raincoast Books
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Amber Ditullio
(Note: This review covers all three books in the series - The Gryphon , Alexandria and The Morning Star .)

The Morning Star Trilogy is the second trilogy of books regarding Griffin and Sabine. But this time, Griffin and Sabine are in the background, guiding another pair of lovers together in an effort to stop Frolatti from some horrible plot. In the forefront of this story are Matthew Sedon, a young archaeologist in Alexandria with a connection to Sabine (she helped deliver him) and Isabella
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Hotavio
Jul 10, 2009 Hotavio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-on-art
Alexandria perpetuates the story of Griffin and Sabine, two lovers who amalgamated to become the Golden Mean. Their existence becomes more perplexing as they are clearly cognates of two other lovers, Matthew and Isabelle. An enigma begins to unravel as dreams become interpreted and a major archealogical find is unearthed in Egypt. Meanwhile, the series antagonist is back in force.

The art is this book was more enjoyable the most of the other books. A majority of it uses Egyptian imagery and sym
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D.M.
Mar 05, 2015 D.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost hate to admit it, after the continously diminishing returns the Griffin & Sabine trilogy offered, but I really enjoyed this book. The focus continues to be on the new correspondents, Matthew and Isabella, but there are changes going on both in them and in their story. The nefarious, short-lived villain of The Golden Mean, Victor Frolatti, is back and seems intent on making trouble for the new couple, but in a more damaging though less direct way than he did previously. His inspirati ...more
Maryanne
Alexandria: 10072009 In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Unfolds
by Nick Bantock


From Publishers Weekly
It's been 11 years since Bantock first introduced the eponymous stars of Griffin & Sabine, the beautiful and unusual novel in which the reader became a voyeuristic third party to the lush correspondence between London postcard designer Griffin Moss and South Pacific postage-stamp designer Sabine Strohem; two subsequent volumes completed the trilogy. Last year, B
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Sarah Bodney
Jun 03, 2012 Sarah Bodney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a joy it was to discover these 6 books some 20 years after the first in the series was published. I don't understand how I could have missed them for so long. I can only assume it was Frolatti's doing.


The Gryphon and Alexandria arrived in the mail today. Now I have to wait for The Morning Star to arrive from a second hand book seller on the East coast. I can't stand it. I could be waiting weeks for that Star to rise. It is like waiting for a postcard from a lover far away and in danger.
Jean Fendick
Mar 03, 2008 Jean Fendick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read griffin and sabine many years ago and found this one in the thrift store the other day. I don't remember the whole story but loved the idea of reading personal correspondence and unfolding each letter. I don't write or receive many handwritten letters these days -- it's a pity.

Just finished and realized I read it out of order but really I don't feel the need to read the books I missed in the series. The idea is nice but the story didn't really capture me.
Charlene Nelson
Apr 25, 2016 Charlene Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All fans of this series
Shelves: finished
As a fan of the Griffin & Sabine story, this was a small departure from the original story. I was happy to see more interaction between Matthew & Isabella that brought them into contact with Griffin & Sabine. I am intrigued about the lives of these characters that Nick Bantock has brought into the world of adventure. This book gives more of a life to believing that Griffin & Sabine are real people and you hope and pray that they will be able to meet and finally have a life togeth ...more
Camilla
So.. Yeah.. I have no idea what to say here..

I really hope the last one in the series gives me some kind of an ending, to this crazy story, that I'll understand and... yeah well, just an ending I'll understand.. lol

I thought the first 3 books were kind of amazing, these last two though.. The story is getting weirder by every postcard you read..

I still love the format of the books though.. Amazing artwork!
Spencer
Jul 16, 2014 Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This whole series is exceptional, gorgeous, and romantic, both to read and to look at. Read his first trilogy many, many years ago, and have been enchanted ever since. I think this is what books like Ship of Theseus and even the Da Vinci Code are trying desperately to emulate, and failing catastrophically. A perfect escape!!!
Sarah
Feb 18, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These books are strange, but for some reason I keep reading them. I did not enjoy this book as much as the others. I loved how the majority of it took place in Egypt and the artwork was fabulous as always, but the letters were a tad boring. I am hoping that the final book has a good ending and that I am not disappointed.
V.
Aug 05, 2014 V. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story, so very poetic. Apparently part of a series (I just bought the previous part), but it stands alone quite well. And most of all, this is a beautiful books, the illustrations, the letters that you can unfold... everything perfectly crafted. Loved it !
Jay McCue
Jul 07, 2014 Jay McCue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. The artwork is still amazing as always but the letters seemed a little more forced in this book (just less naturally flowing than previous letters maybe).

Still have a good amount of questions that I hope are answered in the final book. Also have my fingers crossed all of the mythological tie-ins and angles are properly explained or explored a little more so the reader can make his or her own guess to it all.

This volume didn't capture my attention in the same way as the other titles b
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Emily
I continue to feel dissatisfied with this second trilogy. The characters just know and accept anything. I understand having some faith but the added complexity adds little in the way of real depth or understanding. It just seems too much and the reader is offered too little in return. It is okay to wonder, but not to be so confused. Part of me wondered if I just don't "get it" and maybe I don't but I felt like there was something I had missed reading and that I didn't have access to some part of ...more
Barbara
May 18, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alexandria continues the Griffin and Sabine correspondence, although the focus has definitely shifted to the adventures of Isabella and Matthew. The correspondence is between Isabella and Matthew, Isabella and Griffin, and Matthew and Sabine. The love story is solely between Isabella and Matthew, as are the adventures. Once again, the story unfolds through the beautiful, yet bizarre letters and postcards. As in the other books in this series, reading it makes me want more. On to Morning Star, th ...more
Jen3n
Mar 13, 2009 Jen3n rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, favorites, art
While I have read (or looked at, depending on your point of view) all of the books in the Griffin and Sabine series, I think Alexandria is my favorite.

Describing the plot would be difficult, and anything I could type would probably not make much sense due to the fact that it's a long series and the fact that it's a long weird series. I can sum -up fairly well by saying this book is a series of gorgeous, hand-painted postcards and artistic letters written in various languages by several people, s
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Michelle
Jul 23, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the second book in the second Griffin and Sabine trilogy. It takes up where the first left off as we find Griffin corresponding with Isabella and Sabine corresponding with Matthew. In this book, the intrigue and suspense increase with the introduction of a villain in particular and a sinister group in general that are menacing Isabella and are after Griffin and Sabine. Matthew is working at a dig in Eygpt, where an unusual statue has been revealed. The two sets of partners work together ...more
Beatriz Andrea Ortiz Fernandez
Spellbinding! The deluge of symbols and mythological references are captivating and wondrous. I imagine this is one of those books that will still yield magic and well-times lessons with every reading.

The vulnerability and love in the writing of the characters is so heart-warming it makes me long for the days when letters and postcards were the only means of correspondence.
C. Michael Massey
I enjoyed it, but these three books seem to lack the character development of the first three. I really felt like I was getting to know Griffin & Sabine, whereas these new characters just seem to exist to further the plot of the series. I just don't care about them as much.
Beth Wisniewski
Jan 26, 2016 Beth Wisniewski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic book of postcards and letters that returns to the crazy world of Griffin and Sabine along with two new characters; Isabella and Matthew. So excited to read the rest of the books in this series!!
Jessica
Jan 16, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The plot thickens. For some reason Matthew and Isabella's relationship holds more in the balance than just their personal lives.

Beautiful artistry in both illustrations and writing.
Anita
Apr 11, 2014 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fantastical epistolary story continues with the characters enduring separation, visions, and magical finds in Egypt. The artwork, letters and postcards make this series memorable.
Ros
Nov 11, 2015 Ros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
I forgot how sexually charged this book is! Griffin and Sabine shows longing on a more emotional level while Matthew and Isabella show more physical longing.
Allegra Green
Clear as MUD!
Who's coming? Sabine and Griffin? People from 20 centuries ago?
Why does Sabine only talk to Matthew, and Griffin only to Isabella?
Are they reincarnations of each other?
The cat... Why does she have his cat?

The only part that really made sense was Griffin describing Thoth, one of my favourite philosophies. That one cannot exist without one's opposite, that you must define other before you can define self. It's a powerful theory and one that has brought a lot of trouble over the course
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Cynthia
It's getting a little strange now, but I am really curious to see how it turns out! Love the artwork most of all.
AJ Best
What the hell? I mean really... What happened to the Nick Bantock I'm used to? The intrigue, the passion? At least I still got the stunning artistry.
Steph
Feb 11, 2008 Steph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of fantasy, love stories, art, poetry, mysteries
Alexandria is another of the gorgeous and curious Griffin and Sabine series by Nick Bantock.

Though nothing can compare to the wonder of reading the intial book in the series for the first time, Alexandria holds its own pretty well as the story continues to unfold.

One feels a little like a voyeur, opening and reading the letters and beautiful postcards pasted into the book. The reader is allowed to create their own story from the glimpses of correspondence between Griffen and Sabnine. The myste
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Clare
Dec 20, 2007 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
WOW. I loan these books out as a set (six books) because there is no other way to read them. Jory is of the opinion that they are perfect for reading as a couple and I agree.

These books are written in epistolary style, with the letters actually folded up and put in envelopes. You take them out to read them. It gives me the best feeling of sneaking a look at someone else's correspondence and falling in love with two new people. These books are so. good. Passionate and sexy and funny and beautifu
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Marmot
Jan 25, 2016 Marmot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, photo-books
I like the mixture of ancient and modern things mixed up in all the symbology of this series
Rose Anderson
Mar 10, 2016 Rose Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely into fantasy mode!
Rosy
Feb 05, 2016 Rosy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite... I guess it's getting too unrealistic. I enjoyed the first three better.
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Nick was schooled in England and has a BA in Fine Art (painting). He has authored 25 books, 11 of which have appeared on the best seller lists, including 3 books on the New York Times top ten at one time. ‘Griffin and Sabine’ stayed on that list for over two years. His works have been translated into 13 languages and over 5 million have been sold worldwide. Once named by the classic SF magazine We ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Morning Star Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Gryphon: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Is Rediscovered (Morning Star Trilogy, #1)
  • The Morning Star: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine is Illuminated (Morning Star Trilogy, #3)

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-Sabine to Matthew”
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