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Back then, life was simple and sweet. The taste of cherries, the cool shade, the smell of the river... That was how we lived, in a vale among the hills--sheltered from storms, ignorant of the world, as though on an island, peaceful and untroubled.

And then...
And then everything changed.


Can you ever escape your fate?

Three shadows stand outside the house--and Louis and Lise
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Paperback, 268 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by First Second (first published 2007)
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Christopher


I should let a little time pass before writing down my thoughts on this gem of a comic. Instead, I will rave about how much I loved it, how hard it hit me, how it's such a huge shame that this is the only book translated into English by this French author/illustrator, how incredible its drawings are, very similar to Craig Thompson if you like him, how Pedrosa is one of the few black and white artists I've encountered who can really utilize the contrast of deep blacks and stark whites to perfecti
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Seth Hahne


Kids, from time to time, will die from terrible conditions that for-better-or-worse will give parents a good space of time in which to quietly go mad. Leukemia, cancer, some horrible incurable disease that causes the body to slowly shut down. It happens. And it's always distasteful. And Cyril Pedrosa made a comic about it.

It's times like this that the term comic is grossly inadequate as a descriptor of what it hopes to describe.

I am the father of a young daughter and the possibility of losing he
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Betsy
When I showed my husband my latest First Second graphic novel, Three Shadows, he took a gander at where the book had originally been published. “France? Doesn’t First Second know that there are hardworking American graphic novelists being put out of their jobs because of guys like this?” He was joking of course, but after a while a person might begin to agree. Where DOES First Second come up with these people? If they’re not romancing us with handsome mummies as in The Professor’s Daughter then ...more
Ivan
Apr 20, 2015 Ivan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ivan by: Nanche
Visuals where weird and at start I found them repelling but as novel progressed I liked them more and more and at the end I loved them.

Story itself is great too.

This graphic novel is real gem.
Licha
Beautiful book. I don't want to give much away because part of the beauty is letting the story unfold on its own, even when you've figured out what's going on. This book held me in suspense, wondering what was going to happen once the three shadows revealed themselves. What would they look like, what would they ask of the family? Like the book jacket asks, How far would a parent go to save their child? It's a question that has probably crossed anyone's mind when they have a child.

The story did s
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Stephen
Beautiful, allegorical fairytale. An idyllic family of three living in the woods, become aware that there are three shadows watching them, seemingly getting closer. The father attempts to protect his family from the mysterious trio, without knowing what they want or having any idea of what they will do next.

The book is beatifully drawn, with lots of controlled scribbly lines (a little reminiscent of a slightly lighter Mattotti), but Pedrosa varies his style to good effect. Some of the pages are
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Mayday
I took this randomly, just to kill time at public library because I had had what I wanted to borrow. I didn't even know at first that it was graphic novel, the title intrigued me.

For someone who is very used to manga artwork, this graphic novel is a whole new thing for me, but I had read Buddha, watched Persepolis, and that kind of artwork doesn't turn me off. It is cute, actually. Unique. And like drawing using coal on a wall, wonderful.

The story itself is quite breath-taking because I didn't
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Penny Raspenny
I won't say anything about this. I will only show you a bit of this amazing work of art.











It was definitely worth the Angouleme prize.
Jessica
I picked this up on a whim, while wandering the library last week. There's nothing I love more than to peek at what they've added to the graphic novel section under "library favorites". Someone out there wanted me to read this, and I happily obliged! Especially once I opened it to take a cursory glance at the first page. Three Shadows both looked, and sounded, like something I needed to take home with me. So, I did.

This is the story of Joachim, an adorable bundle of excitement and youth. The rea
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Fredrik
Selesai baca buku ini dalam 1 jam.
Ternyata kondisi gak bisa online benar-benar meningkatkan kecepatan saya dalam membaca buku, huehehehe.

Buku ini bercerita tentang sekeluarga kecil yang terdiri dari si Bapak macho (Louis), si Ibu keibuan --> ya iya lah ya... :D (Lise), si Anak (Joachim), dan anjing mereka (Diego).
Alkisah, mereka hidup damai-tenteram-bahagia di suatu lembah nan asri dan indah. Kehidupan mereka terasa sangat nyaman, sederhana, khas impian banyak orang (yang belum teracuni tekno
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Philip
The thing about graphic novels is this: they are all so different. I realize that's true of all books - but it becomes apparent so quickly with graphic novels.

The Arrival was unlike any other graphic novel I'd read. ... Osamu Tezuka was unlike any other graphic novel author. Guy DeLisle has his own flavor...

Pedrosa makes good (and creepy) use of light and dark throughout this graphic novel. The pages fit together perfectly. He'll have two pages of black on white drawing, four pages of white on
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Kenneth
Found this title on a list of recommended graphic novels, and would definitely recommend it myself. Pedrosa comes out of an animation background, and it shows in the lively fluency of his well-rendered cartooning. The characters are full of vitality, and perhaps more impressively, his backgrounds have an impressive quality of solidity, due to his deft handling of shadow and light. And while I read it very quickly-- more quickly than material of this quality deserves-- I found myself quite moved ...more
Matt
I really liked this, though I don't know quite what to make of it-- the story is interesting, especially in its parts, but at the same time, I'm not sure it all hangs together. There are sequences, like the getting on the boat stuff, that take a lot longer than I think they are worth, and elements that are never really resolved satisfyingly-- like the slave holder stuff. And I struggled to see if this was a story for kids, which isn't entirely my thing, or if it was meant for adults, and if that ...more
Iva
alegorijska priča koja isprve tematizira gubitak djeteta, očajničke pokušajima roditelja da spriječe neminovno i naposljetku pomirenjem. druga razina priče je crtica o pretjeranoj zaštitničkoj nastrojenosti koja može učiniti te zadnje trenutke da se doimaju zagušujuće poput zatvora.
dodatan plus stripu daje i krasan crtež.
Colleen Venable
This would be a great example of why I adore :01. Wish I could say I had a hand in any of the design or progress of this book. Pedrosa's lines are so fluid and dynamic. This is a perfect example of a book that was meant to be b&w. Rather than the eye focusing on color instead it focuses on the movement and the flow of the panels. The story itself is incredible, both heart-breaking and I found myself laughing at parts as well (hic-uping angel of death, anyone, anyone?) Even the most minor of ...more
E
The art in this one was beautiful and the story was too.
Ines Frazier
This graphic novel is noteworthy for people who are going through a tough, sad, or confused time. Not only does the graphic novel give a story, but “two stories” and the second one has a deeper meaning that affects the way we think about others. “Three Shadows” by Cyril Pedrosa, starts out with the little boy, Joachim and his parents who live simply in the country. Everything is perfect, but everything changes when they are stalked by three shadows. Joachim and his dad go on a journey away from ...more
Maggie
The illustrations in "Three Shadows" are black and white, and at first glance, they look to be simplistic sketches. However, as a person reads the book, one can see how the illustrations are reflective of the current mood and tension of the story. The sketches are actually ink drawings that are rather detailed upon closer inspection. The book could be considered either part of the fantasy or horror genre, depending on a person's interpretation of death personified. Although the book is not scary ...more
Heather
It is always traumatic for me to read about the death of a young child. I could do without knowing the shadows' identities at the end, but their spooky presence is wonderful throughout. I definitely related to the uncontrollable desire the parents have, to "do" something, anything, to save their son... even if what they do makes no sense. Their despair and their son's incomprehension of it is well drawn in the text and images.
Jared
A beautifully illustrated story of a dad trying to protect his young son from the shadows. An allegory for death and making the most of the time you have, the wonderful artwork contributed much to the overall story. While I don't usually read graphic novels, I was very impressed by this one! Life was simple, things changed when the shadows came, the dad tries to protect his son by running and sacrificing everything for his son but in the end realizes that there are some things you can't protect ...more
Elisa
Apr 14, 2012 Elisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Elisa by: Heidi
Parasta luettavaa vähän väsyneenä päivänä. Haikea ja kaunis, vauhdikkaasti etenevä tarina. Lopetusta myöten yhtä aikaa lohdullista ja surullista luettavaa. Muilla sanoin on tätä vaikea arvioida ja pääni on tänään harvasanainen muutenkin. Mut lukekaahan, jos vielä ette ole…

Phoenix
Depressing...but it's part of the author's intention. I guess the lingering feeling I get from the ending of this graphic novel is more along the lines of "bittersweet," but man the path to get there was long and arduous. Again, I say this all in favour of the comic. It certainly has pathos. And the art is wonderful. It took a bit for to see how it was operating, but once I clued in to some of the illustrative techniques that Pedrosa was subtly weaving into the tale, I was very impressed and mov ...more
Raina
I love First Second books. Beautiful cover, lovely pages. This definitely feels like a translation - tone is a little free, themes are crazy sophisticated. Beautiful, sad story, that gets pretty symbolic at the end. Sad, but lovely.
Fredrik Strömberg
Another beautiful, big graphic novel from the French comics culture; an allegorical fairy tale of a story, with art clearly in the la nouvelle vague of French comics, reminiscent of Manu Larcenet, Christophe Blain and strangely enough even of Lorenzo Mattotti. The art is stunning, and you can tell that Pedrosa is an animator and that he has worked for Disney. It’s a bit like reading a French version of Bone by Jeff Smith, another animator turned comics artist.

The story follows a young family li
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Shannon
The story is haunting, touching and truly beautiful. The illustrations are simply stunning in a "is this a woodcut" kind of way. Read it, or you're just not cool. That is all.
The Holy Terror
Incredible line quality and sense of movement. Felt like a grown-up Disney or Pixar story (but only because of blood and boobies!)
Mary Lee
Very creepy. Don't read it at night. Might be especially tough for parents of young children.

Book #3 48 Hour Read
Matt Graupman
When you say "comics," most people think of either newspaper strips or spandex-clad superheroes; neither style really properly showcase the possibilities of the medium. On the other hand, "Three Shadows" is a perfect example of the complexity that can be achieved in a comic.

This book is so incredible, I don't even want to say too much about it and spoil the experience. Pedrosa's lush pencils are gorgeous, his creativity is abundant, and the story is so beautifully sad that it's nearly indescriba
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Alli
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Sadiq
Three Shadows is a graphic novel with great art, it has good tempo and makes you want to keep reading. It is a story about a simple family and a simple life in a country cottage home. You can taste cherries, smell the river and enjoy the family dog.

The panels are laid out well and flow, as is the dialogue. Without giving away the story, the tempo picks up and there is danger, adventure and evil lurking in the shadows. Life was simple and then everything changed.

A great work indeed by Cyril Ped
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Cyril Pedrosa began his career in animation, working on the Disney films "Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Hercules." He has since become a rising star in a new kind of graphic storytelling, combining the influences of animation and the literary traditions of Borges, Garcia Marquez, and Tolkien to create a unique visual handwriting.
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“Back then life was simple and sweet. Everything was simple and sweet. The taste of cherries, the cool shade, the fresh smell of the river. That was how we lived, in a vale among the hills, sheltered from the storms. Ignorant of the world, as though on an island. Peaceful and untroubled. And then. Then everything changed.” 7 likes
“In our springtime
there is no better,
there is no worse.

Blossoming branches
burgeon as the must.

Some are long,
some are short.'

Stay upright.
Stay with life.”
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