Griffin and Sabine (Griffin & Sabine #1) by Nick BantockIt all started with a mysterious and seemingly innocent postcard, but from that point nothing was to remain the same in the life of Griffin Moss, a quiet, solitary artist living in London. His logical, methodical world was suddenly turned upside down by a strangely exotic woman living on a tropical island thousands of miles away. Who is Sabine? How can she see what Griffin is painting when they have never met? Is she a long-lost twin? A clairvoyant? Or a malevolent angel? Are we witnessing the flowering of a magical relationship or a descent into madness?
This stunning visual novel unfolds in a series of postcards and letters, all brilliantly illustrated with whimsical designs, bizarre creatures, and darkly imagined landscapes. Inside the book, Griffin and Sabines letters are to be found nestling in their envelopes, permitting the reader to examine the intimate correspondence of these inexplicably linked strangers. This truly innovative novel combines a strangely fascinating story with lush artwork in an altogether original format.
Griffin and Sabine, by Nick Bantock
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. The recipient, Griffin Moss, was himself a maker of postcards, while the sender, Sabine Strohem, designed postage stamps for a tiny chain of islands in the South Pacific absent from even the most detailed of maps. A rather strange description for some rather strange books. It was a novel idea at the time that, having recently reread the original trilogy for the first time in over a decade, now feels almost quaint; what was once innovative now seems like an artifact from the distant past, adding a fascinating layer to the reading experience. Like its precursors, the book is told through letters postmarked from exotic locales around the world — Papua New Guinea, Spain, Indonesia, Turkey, Sri Lanka — as the pair grow closer to Egypt, still pursued by the malevolent Victor Frolatti, who wants to study their psychic connection for his own nefarious purposes. When the first book was published, Bantock was an artist, designer and pop-up book author living on Bowen Island, B. She showed it to her colleague, Annie Barrows, then a junior editor with the company.
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His declarative wonder is directed towards Sabine Strohem, fellow artist and soulmate who lives in the South Pacific. With surreal and dreamy images adorning their fictional postcards and letters, Griffin and Sabine were one another's creative muses and Bantock's book became a classic; a gorgeously tactile hybrid of words and pictures. His subsequent books including Sabine's Notebook and The Golden Mean continued to climb the bestseller lists and now there's a final volume in the series, The Pharos Gate. Visually it's as decorative as the others, and constructed in the same multimedia manner: with letters that have to be plucked from their envelopes — a canny literary ploy that offers the reader a voyeuristic thrill. Bantock calls it "the missing link that ends the first trilogy and signposts the second". Asked why he took so long to produce The Pharos Gate , he denies it was pressure from his fans or his publisher. The Pharos Gate is billed as their "lost correspondence" and, perhaps, finally resolves the question of whether Griffin and Sabine ever meet across time and space.
Griffin Moss is an artist living in London who makes postcards for a living. He is unhappy and lonely, though he is unaware of these feelings. His life is changed forever when he receives a cryptic postcard from Sabine Strohem, a woman he has never met. Griffin comes to realize that he is in love with Sabine, who reciprocates his feelings, and that they are soulmates. However, his growing uncertainty as to Sabine's true nature and the changes her presence has caused in his life develop into fear and he ends up rejecting her offer for him to come see her in person. He comes to the conclusion that Sabine is a figment of his imagination, created from his own loneliness.
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