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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
Paperback, 268 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by First Second (first published 2007)
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Seth T.

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

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
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
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.
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
Callie Rose Tyler
Heavy, emotional, bittersweet.

On a base level this story is dark and creepy, three shadows want a couple's only child, their young son. The boy's father, Louis, decides to take him far away from the three shadows. He sacrifices so much to keep his son safe.

However, what makes this story powerful and memorable are its allegorical qualities. It is a story about dealing with loss, especially the loss of a loved one, a child. The final poem, which had me in tears, says it all:

In this our springtime
C.J. Cummings
A poignant, weird and wonderfully told story of family, the importance of life and enjoying those moments while you can. I really enjoyed this book. The whimsical and surreal dream-like black and white artwork works really well with the curious tale being woven. This is my first Pedrosa experience and I was taken away by it for the short time it took me to read the book. Really unique and enjoyable. A single-story graphic novel worth trying, for sure.

4.25 out of 5
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
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
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
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
Πολύ ωραίο και ιδιαίτερα ξεχωριστό graphic novel, με ενδιαφέρουσα και αρκετά συγκινητική ιστορία και εξαιρετικά όμορφο σχέδιο, το οποίο ήταν απόλυτα ταιριαστό με το ύφος και τους σκοπούς της ιστορίας. Ο συγγραφέας και σχεδιαστής είπε να γράψει μια ιστορία με έντονα αλληγορικά στοιχεία, με αφορμή τον θάνατο ενός παιδιού και την επίδραση που έχει ένα τέτοιο τραγικό γεγονός στους γονείς του. Ακόμα και να μην πιάσετε την αλληγορία πίσω από την ιστορία, θα απολαύσετε σίγουρα την παραμυθένια αφήγηση, ...more
Door de rekken van de graphic novels graaiend in de plaatselijke bibliotheek was dit boek me al een paar keer opgevallen. De mooie, mysterieuze cover sprak me meteen aan. Ik gaf het een kans en Pedrosa maakte mijn hoge verwachtingen helemaal waar. Bijzonder mooi, meeslepend verhaal over een familie die achtervolgd wordt door drie schimmen. De schimmen schijnen het gemunt te hebben op de zoon. Verder wil ik er niet te veel woorden aan vuilmaken, maar gewoon een voorproefje tonen van het boek.

drie schimmen van cyril pedrosa

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.
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
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
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
Sarah Sammis
Published in 2007 as Trois Ombres and translated into English in 2008, Cyril Pedrosa's graphic novel was inspired by the feelings of grief and hopelessness he after the death of a close friends' child. The translation was nominated for a Cybil in the young adult graphic novel category and it won a Reuben in the "comic book" division.

Life is simple on the farm for Joachim and his parents. It's a blissful existence dictated by the seasons and the chores on the farm. But everything changes when the
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
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.
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
The art in this one was beautiful and the story was too.
Soobie's heartbroken
Preso dallo scaffale dei fumetti in biblio.

Direi anche che sono più 3,5 stelline.

Non conoscevo Cyril Pedrosa e non avevo mai letto nulla di suo. Però la copertina m'ispirava.

Il tratto dell'autore sembra molto infantile però è, allo stesso tempo, molto efficace quando si tratta di rappresentare le emozioni dei protagonisti.

Di che si tratta?

Il romanzo narra la storia del piccolo Joachim e della sua famiglia, il padre Louis e la madre Lise. i tre vivono felici in una piccola valle sino al giorno i
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
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
It's hard to critique something so personal. The jacket cover indicates that this was written after watching a friend deal with the death of a child. And the story is quite poignant - the parents desperately trying to learn what stalks their child, then just as desperately trying to elude the impending fate.

If I had one criticism, it would probably fall equally on the layout of the book and my own difficulty reading graphic novels - there were times when it was unclear to me who was speaking, wh
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.
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
Danijel Jedriško
"Tri sjene" je vrlo dirljiva priča koja na momente guši i ostavlja bez daha. Rijetko se kad dogodi da čitajući roman izbije tolika navala emocija kao što je slučaj s ovom knjigom. Naravno, priča malog Joachima i njegova oca govori nam o neizbježnosti kraja s kojom ćemo se svi prije ili kasnije susresti, ali i o tome kako taj kraj može biti ispravan i manje bolan za one koji ostaju. "Tri sjene" priča su u kojoj ćemo pronaći vlastite demone, prepoznati osjećaje gubitka voljene osobe, ali više od b ...more
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…

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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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