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Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock
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Jun 24, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: absolute-faves, magic-realism, work-of-art

The security person at the bookstore still remembers me to this day, I think. When I saw this, I squeaked-- that suppressed scream that's hardly suppressed at all-- and then hightailed it out of there to go back to my parents who were still at the food court. I asked for money, pelted back to the bookstore and snatched the one copy before it could squirm away.

You don't see it in bookstores any more. It hasn't been hyped enough. Why not? Where have people's tastes gone?

Griffin is an artist.
Sabine is a mysterious woman who can see what Griffin puts on paper or canvas.
She writes to him.
He writes back.
They fall in love.
He disappears.
Is he with her?
Or was she merely something he'd also put on paper?

It's not just an extraordinary correspondence, but magical and haunting and something to rediscover every year. I get goosebumps every time I open the envelopes and reread the letters.

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