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Griffin Sabine An Extraordinary Correspondence [KINDLE] ❅ Griffin Sabine An Extraordinary Correspondence Author Nick Bantock – Beloved by millions the world over Griffin Sabine redefines the art of the novel With its combination of lush illustration creative storytelling and the guilty pleasure of reading other people's corre Beloved by millions the world over Griffin An Extraordinary ePUB ☆ Sabine redefines the art of the novel With its combination of lush illustration creative storytelling and the guilty pleasure of reading other people's correspondence Griffin Sabine is part romance part mystery and completely a work of art Each turn of the page contains a new card or letter to be unfolded from its envelope and is vibrant with wildly imaginative creatures landscapes and intrigue Destined to become a collector's volume this limited th anniversary edition contains new artwork an original postcard and specially created Griffin Sabine PDF/EPUB ² decorative stamps making this a book that is as rewarding to enjoy all over again—or to discover for the very first time.

10 thoughts on “Griffin Sabine An Extraordinary Correspondence

  1. Nicholas Sparks Nicholas Sparks says:

    This isn't a novel; in fact it's a book that can probably be read by most people in less than an hour It is of an artistic expression of both love and desire in written form as explored via a mysterious correspondence in which the reader can participate

  2. s.penkevich s.penkevich says:

    ‘ Pain and beauty our constant bedfellows’I have a huge soft spot for art that incorporates the audience in the work or where the act of viewing becomes part of the overall performance Nick Bantock’s Griffin and Sabine is a stunning and provocative multimedia literary performance with an epistolary narrative enhanced through Bantock’s engaging artwork Artist Giffin receives a postcard in the mail one day from a woman he has never met telling him details of his art nobody should be able to know Thus sets off ‘an extraordinary correspondence’ between him and Sabine a mysterious woman who is able to witness in her mind's eye his artwork as he paints it thousands of miles away The book itself is uite literally just the letters between the pair sometimes the post cards upon which they write or envelopes the reader gets to open unfold and read in their hands as the characters themselves would do While this initial book is short it is only the first chapter in an epic narrative between the two characters that unfolds with plenty of intrigue and mystery that the artistic elements are a welcome bonus and not a gimmick without which the story would fall flat While the love story does pose a few problematic issues this is a magical work and such a delight to flip through and enjoyNick Bantock is a British artist who certainly has a gift for finding inventive uses for his art Written into the narrative is that Griffin creates postcards and Sabine is an artist for postage stamps which allows open opportunity to show his uniue art in a way to visually adorn the story He’s used two distinct artistic styles and the images are uickly identifiable to their corresponding character Griffin often using a fairly surrealist techniue such as mixing two different stamps to create a composite image or haunting dreamlike paintings whereas Sabine’s has a bit of a flair similar to Peter Sís As the book is framed as found documents the tactile aspects of rummaging through envelopes and postcards leans into the voyeuristic nature that is also thematic to the story It draws you in as both reader and participant fully immersed in the magical world Bantock has createdThere have been other similar works S conceived by director JJ Abrams and written by Doug Dorst immediately comes to mind but what makes this work is the simplicity rather than the elaborate conceits of S There is nothing outside what is written in the letters which especially as they turn from mysteriously rummaging around to learn about each other and blossom into love letters and emotional confessions become like poetry than anything else Another clever aspect that keeps you drawn into the world is that Bantock uses a different handwriting for each and often a typewriter for Griffin and adds little flourishes such as misspellings crossed out words and other minor flaws individually characteristic of each writer It is the small details that really make this work and the book and ultimately the full collection of books amalgamates to be greater than the sum of its parts Admittedly taken individually or for each element it is just okay but the overall performance is impressiveInitially Griffin takes their correspondence to be either a hoax or some threat though he uickly eases up and believes in the magic professed by Sabine He uickly opens up about intimate details in his life and is the first to rather uickly begin to write that he loves the other There are strong themes of loneliness and yearning to be understood which vibes well with them each being solitary artists but also a theme of mental health He constantly fears Sabine might just be his imagination and mental illness playing with his one heart but then also fears the connection forming between them when he accepts that she may be real As learned in the final responses before the end of this first act we see Griffin as sad tormented but also his longing for love not unlike a dog chasing a car where were they to catch it wouldn’t know what to do with itWhich is unfortunately where there are some problematic issues to be addressed The entirety of this story is a woman of color with magical abilities who’s entire role is to be a comfort and understanding to the white English male suffering from self doubt and depression While we do learn her past in brief much of the work is centered on his struggles with his own past While she is the first to initiate contact she lacks much agency beyond being a figure caring for him Being from a small island in the Pacific and he living in London it practically screams imperialism and evokes the long history of European colonialism in the region Unfortunately this only gets stronger in the second act While he is fickle with his love she is open warm and endlessly giving and to be honest I’m sort of done with that cliche That said the book is still lovely and cute and the actual performance aspects of it are what kept me reading the entire series but these issues were never too far from my mind I came to this series uite by accident really I work at a library and was pulling our Holds for the day when I grabbed the book directly next to these and noticed the spines In keeping with the ‘found art’ aspect of the performance it was like I’d just stumbled upon some hidden treasure I grabbed the whole series and read them over a few short days To be honest I haven’t returned them and am on my third and final renewal I just enjoy flipping through them so much These are short the pacing feels a bit rushed to be honest but rewarding and a great little piece of art on its own It’s something fun to pull off your shelf and show other people for its uniueness The art is uite wonderful and embodies aesthetics of antiuated and found objects travel and mystery a style I tend to enjoy as it is If you are someone that ever owned a typewriter for aesthetic purposes instead of practical this book is for you In an era where many relationships begin online this book seems extra relevant with the magical touches only making it adorable A clever and charming little adventure made all the better by being able to take part in the adventure yourself It is a really uniue and fun experience355Follow along in the seriesVol 2 Sabine's NotebookandVol 3 The Golden Mean

  3. ij ij says:

    I believe the illustrations alone are worth ten 10 stars However the story is a bit weird This is a story told through a series of correspondence A young woman on an island in the South Pacific starts by sending a postcard to a young man in London Based on the postcards and letters exchanged both are very talented artists Sabine sometime gets visions or dreams of the illustrations by Griffin as he works on them She writes him about things that no one should know except him They develop some type of romance through their communications The book actually shows the postcards and letters nineteen 19 The book even actually has envelopes with the letters enclosed The book is a great presentation Very well doneI really liked this book and plan to read the other books in this trilogy

  4. Caroline Caroline says:

    A little fictional bon bon for the discerning palate Just 46 pages long A small package of strange and delightful images and a storyline with a mysteryThis was recommended to me by a friend who sends me flying letters and the book is full of illustrated envelopes and postcards I can see why she liked it on another level too her art and the art in the book have the same lovely sense of playfulness Bantock's work is inspiring weird charmingand sometimes a bit gruesome I am not alone in admiring it it was on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years

  5. Kelly Kelly says:

    Eual parts Romantic in the Byron on a windswept moor sense Impressionist and Surrealist Griffin and Sabine is a memorable experience I finished this in the wee small hours of the morning and immediately drifted off to sleep I highly recommend that all readers choose the same time to move through this piece I can't imagine a better time to have wrapped myself up in this charming intriguing simple yet incredibly layered piece of art There are many things that can be analyzed here from the straight mystery of the identity or representative status of Sabine and the fate of Griffin Is she real? Is she an overly dramatic justification for self debasement the Muse? Is she a symptom of a lonely diseased mind? Does it matter? the stylistic influences Magritte Monet's garden and light studies fauvism Romantic cult of death deconstructionism the uestionable psychology of both characters Griffin's doubtful sanity the evolution of Sabine whether it is in his mind or not what each means to the other or one can look at things through a postcolonial lens the exotic dreams of the Other the European dispora and their various reasons for escaping the Old World Sabine's possibly mythical marginalized country in a colonized area that makes money ostensibly off of rich world stamp collectors if real one thing if Griffin created it on his own a fascinating other etcHowever what I really took away from it was a beautiful sad statement on the capacity of people to dream a world a love a passion into their own reality and some absolutely gorgeous subtly created art that you could stare at and read into nearly endlessly This book can be read in half an hour if you really desire to but I don't know why you would desire that

  6. Margaret Margaret says:

    45I first read this book nearly 28 years ago I was then teaching English to high school seniors a challenging job but one I loved So many eighteen year olds are tough on the outside getting ready to fly the nest and finally live what they called “real life” meaning life where they no longer live with their parents at least ten months of the year But this book reminded me again and again that so many who seem on the outside so independent and ready to move on are tender and fragile on the inside I bought this book and it’s been on the shelf for all these years I might not have chosen to read it again save that I read S Penkevich’s insightful review today Thanks for that Sven The book is the first of a trilogy and it is simply beautiful Each page is a postal card or a letter which is folded into its own envelope The artwork is beautiful The story is of a young woman Sabine Strohem who lives in the midst of the South Pacific Islands and a young man Griffin Moss who lives in London For the last thirteen years she has been “seeing” all his artwork as he creates it even though the two have never been in the same place at the same time Both are artists he has his own postal card company and she paints the paintings for stamps for her small island nation Both are alone in their own ways and they exchange their stories As the book goes on their correspondence gets and intimate The book comes to an abrupt end when Griffin writes a postcard which we can see has not been addressed stamped or mailed Sabine replies anyway and invites him to the South Pacific major cliffhanger of an endingFor the right readers this book and the two that follow which I read but did not buy 28 years ago opens the door to the deep feelings of isolated young they are 28 artists The books are dreamy And if you come across the book by surprise as I did again today it is a special treat indeed

  7. Jae Robinson Jae Robinson says:

    I've read this and all the other books for this series It's a uniue read Have you ever accidentally received someone else's mail and wondered what it might contain? Or come across a diary and been tempted to read what secrets it held?This book is a voyeuristic view of a relationship between two people or is it? Opening the book you realize soon enough that you have stumbled upon someone's mail and you can't help but read it Each consecutive page brings and interest as well as uestions Some letters are on post cards others have envelopes that you have to open and pull the letter out unfold it and you contribute to the story by being the recipientIt's sort of like an adult pop up book Each page a new letter or post card and the relationship growsEach book in the series brings you closer to the hopes that these two people meet and you wonder what might transpireIt makes you want to go out and check your mailboxEnjoyed it

  8. Jaksen Jaksen says:

    Lovely little unusual book takes about thirty minutes give or take to read I don't know if I'll follow up on the seuels or other parts of the trilogy but it was a nice short break from reading mysteries thrillers and horror novels About the correspondence between two artists one of whom can see what the other is drawing There's a developing romance but it happens rather uickly and almost 'between the lines' of the letters and post cards they write to one another I was not blown away but found it a little 'delight' like having an extra tea cake when I'm invited to a tea partyI never get invited to tea parties

  9. Margaret Margaret says:

    One of the cuter and interesting picture books I've read lately Griffin and Sabine imagines reading some one else's letters as exactly that There are post cards that are photographed on both sides but the letters are actually in envelopes that the reader has to pull out of envelopes and unfold This kind of interactive text thought I can see all the ways it could become a horrible gimmick is done exactly right in this short book Griffin is a visual artist Sabine the woman from a small mysterious island nation that while having never met him sees flashes of his art and life They start corresponding over this odd supernatural connection and we find out Sabine designs stamps as well Their mail art appears going both ways and it's the kind of pen pal relationship that is uirky without being trite There's also a creepy element too since Sabine happens to know a lot of random portions of Griffin's life and they have definitely never met The only thing that I didn't care for was the pacing The ending breaks off uickly and the desire to find out what happens next clouds the overall mood created by the previous parts of the book I'm not sure if it's a cost in publishing thing or what but I would have preferred to have the entire series in one book On the other hand it's not like it's hard to find these books and I'll have to get the next couple as soon as possible

  10. Abrahamus Abrahamus says:

    I've been acuainted with this fascinating trilogy for years but never bothered to give it a perusal in its entirety until recently Its allure is founded upon the exuisiteness of the design the zen like coyness of the plot and the slight sense of taboo involved in sifting through someone else's private correspondence I think that authorillustrator Bantock is in that regard one of the leading purveyors of a formula that has proven uite successful in various pop cultural media over the past two decades The video game Myst and the television series Lost spring to mind Visually speaking the design and illustration don't seem at all dated and haven't lost one bit of their elegant appeal over twenty years On the contrary I think the further advance of the Digital Age has merely driven up the stock of something as delightfully tactile as this series Publisher Chronicle Books also cleverly offered a set of actual postcards based on those featured in the books of which I have a few samples Wish I had a complete set

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