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The Adventuress by Audrey Niffenegger
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Oct 13, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: comics
Read in May, 2013

I almost gave this two stars, because I felt uncultured to give it one. Moreover, it's not a failure--it's just not a story.

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 language--it's about a series of images.

And the images are lovely, in their way--dark and sad and joyous and sweet. I just wish the story had been there. It had the structure of a fairy tale, in that it's kind of flat and sudden and dreamy, and not everything makes sense. But it doesn't even have the supporting structure of a fairy tale. This isn't a story; it's a series of interesting images, like a fashion magazine photo spread.

So I love the art. I would truly love to see it in service of a story.

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