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Delicious and Mysterious Romance

  • Nov 29, 2010
Lovers love, and whatever distance or mystery is tossed between them, they still will love. In "Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence" by Nick Bantock, we begin an intimate journey between two lovers destined to be enraptured in all that is dreamt of. They catapult the divide of geography and join mid-mail in a postal embrace, captured by Bantock in a sweet and phenomenal book.

Griffin is a postcard artist in England and Sabine is a stamp designer for a small Pacific island. Each is perceived as sublimely exotic to the other as they reveal the secrets of their lives through correspondence.

What is the romance of "Griffin & Sabine?" Besides being an 'extraordinary correspondence,' it is about two lovers who connect through the artistic passions they share. Like the romances that now happen through the internet, or the Victorian era correspondences, there is an innocence and delicacy to their exchanges of mail.

This is the romance which never happened in "84 Charing Cross Road." This is what the romance should've been in "You've Got Mail." This is what "Cyrano De Bergerac" could've been if not a tragedy.

Bantock dangles a sensuous, sumptuous step into the hearts of a fantasy based in a reality that the reader will smile, wondering if the writer knew someone like Sabine, if she has been created like Pygmalion sculpted Galatea.

Begin with "Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence" and follow their story through subsequent tales in other book.


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January 20, 2011
Sounds like quiet the read. Great review too!
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review by . September 15, 2008
This book is one where you must first suspend a little of your reality disbelief before you read it. It is a purported postal correspondence between two entities, the male Griffin and the female Sabine. The correspondence is initiated via a simple postcard to Griffin in England from Sabine in the South Pacific. The initial message puzzles Griffin, as Sabine knows things that no one should know and Griffin has no memory of her.    Sabine responds with a message that she has been watching …
review by . August 12, 2008
Sometimes it seems true that "there is no new thing under the sun," but once in a while something truly original comes our way. Griffin & Sabine. An Extraordinary Correspondence is one of those books that restores your faith in creativity.    Their souls are joined by a mysterious connection -- Sabine, a stamp designer raised on a South Pacific island and carrying on her father's exploration of the natural world; Griffin, a lonely London post card artist struggling to find relief …
review by . August 22, 2001
The true attraction of this book is that it is correspondence - letters to and from people who are at first wrapped in mystery, and whose characters develop over the length of the book. And don't we all love to read letters! Especially other people's - there is something mysterious and forbidden about it. The letters are beautifully written, and really engross you with their richness and detail.And it is a beautiful looking book too. The illustrations are wonderful - it is almost like a grown up …
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This singular, magical volume invites readers to examine handmade postcards and open colorful envelopes as they eavesdrop on lonely London card-designer Griffin Moss and mysterious South Pacific islander Sabine Strohem. Sabine introduces herself to Griffin with a note congratulating him on a design on one of the postcards he illustrates--and alluding to an alteration he made during the creative process. Perplexed because he works alone and discusses his creative dilemmas with no one, he responds, begging her to enlighten him as to how she knew about the original design. In her next missive, she admits, "I share your sight," and their correspondence grows increasingly intimate. Sabine continues to make psychic observations and beckons to Griffin from her atoll; Griffin fantasizes about her to escape his drab existence, his interest turning to obsession. Their personalities shine through both their art and penmanship: Griffin's faintly disturbing, often subliminally violent collages, blocky printed words and imperfectly typewritten pages contrast with Sabine's whimsical doodles, fanciful postage stamps and flowing, calligraphic script. Pop-up book author Bantock's ( There Was an Old Lady ) images and concept will haunt the imagination.
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ISBN-10: 0877017883
ISBN-13: 978-0877017882
Author: Nick Bantock
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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