February 18, 2019

Book Review: Graphic Novels by Audrey Niffenegger

Bizarre Romance by Audrey Niffenegger, Illustrator Eddie Campbell

Internationally bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger, and graphic artist Eddie Campbell, of such seminal works as From Hell by Alan Moore, collaborate on a wonderfully bizarre collection that celebrates and satirizes love of all kinds. With 16 different stories told through illustrated prose or comic panels, the couple explores the idiosyncratic nature of relationships in a variety of genres from fractured fairy tales to historical fiction to paper dolls. With Niffenegger’s sharp, imaginative prose and Campbell’s diverse comic styles, Bizarre Romance is the debut collection by two of the most important storytellers of our time.

Judging by the cover, I thought I would be reading stories about oddly-matched couples, such as a cat with a bird for example. With the first story, “Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m., I thought it was heading in that direction but it quite deftly surprised me. Anything by Audrey Niffenegger will have a strange whimsical aspect to it. Eddie Campbell’s illustrations differ rom illustrated story to story; some don’t have accompanying graphic images at all.  Romance, friendships, filial obligations – the stories run the gamut. All are thought-provoking. 

The Night Book Mobile by Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger, the New York Times bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, has crafted her first graphic novel after the success of her two critically acclaimed “novels-in-pictures.” First serialized as a weekly column in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, The Night Bookmobile tells the story of a wistful woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing library on wheels that contains every book she has ever read. Seeing her history and most intimate self in this library, she embarks on a search for the bookmobile. But her search turns into an obsession, as she longs to be reunited with her own collection and memories.

The Night Bookmobile is a haunting tale of both transcendence and the passion for books, and features the evocative full-color pen-and-ink work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers.

The Night Book Mobile looks at first like a picture book for adults, with an intriguing premise.  A traveling library containing every book, ephemera you’ve ever read. This is not like a physical Goodreads shelf because its curated by an omnipotent librarian.  For bookworms, like me, this would be a portrait of my own soul – and would be as alluring to me as it is for Alexandra, the protagonist in this book. Although it keeps eluding her, Alexandra searches for this bookmobile all her life.  And once she finally finds it again… well, the outcome is unexpected and unforgettable.

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  2. I need to look at this. I knew that Niffenegger is an artist, that's probably one reason I love her writing because it's so visual. Did she make any of the art in the book? I would probably love this!

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