Thursday, October 23, 2008

'Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence'

by Nick Bantock
Fiction/Picture Book/Art Book, 1991
Raincoast Books, hardback, 42 p.
The strange and intriguing correspondence of Griffin and Sabine transcends the ordinary love story. Its combination of lush illustration, creative storytelling, and the guilty pleasure of reading other people’s mail creates a tale that is partly romance, partly mystery, and completely a work of art.
I’ve had several of the Griffin & Sabine books on my shelf for quite some time. I’ve flipped through them before but I’m so glad I finally picked up the first one to read through properly. The art is lovely, and even though it’s a really quick read, I found myself lingering on some of the pages just to admire the artwork. I look forward to reading the next one in the series sometime soon.

Author's website
Interview with Nick Bantock

My Rating: 4/5
(#43 for 2008, 2nd Canadian Book Challenge, What's in a Name Challenge (First Name), Herding Cats Challenge)


  1. Oh my, what a beautiful book and letters :} I do not remember when last I received a real long letter. E-mail seems the way now.
    Thank-you for the photos, I see some beautiful art work :}}}

  2. This does sound like a lovely book! I don't think I'd heard of it before. Thanks for the review.

  3. I loved the first book, and I may have read the 2nd one, too. Can't remember now. Anyway, I read another of Bantock's books: The Museum at Purgatory. It was striking and gorgeous, too. Love love love him! Will definitely check out his website.

  4. I LOVE this book! I read it when it first came out along with all the others in the series. It's very unique and I love the interactiveness of the book with the letters. The artwork is amazing also.

  5. I read these books many years ago, and remember them with such fondness. They are so interesting, and I love the art, the notes, and the story. My teenage daughter read them right along with me and so loved them. I bought some G&S notecards - I wonder if they are still available. I'm so glad you wrote about this, and hope it will lead more people to the books. I think I'll try to read them again, one right after the other.

  6. I absolutely love Griffin and Sabine! We got to do a project in English11 based on the concept - epistolary novels.

  7. Sylvie - I can't remember the last time I received a real letter either, probably last year for Christmas. I have a couple of aunts who have never got into email so I still receive letters from them each year at Christmas. :P

    Nymeth - The books really are lovely. :)

    Andi - Once I read through the Griffin & Sabine books I'm sure I'll be looking out for more. Seems like he's focusing on his art these days.

    Red lady-Bonnie - I love the interactiveness of it too, pulling out the letters to read is definitely part of the appeal. :)

    Nan - That's a good idea to read them one after the other. I think I should try to read the rest of them as soon as possible. A couple of websites I looked at, the cards seemed to be no longer available, unfortunately. I'm sure they were lovely.

    Monica - Sounds like it would've been a fun project! :)

  8. I'm picking these up from the library today! :) Thanks, Tanabata.

  9. Joy - I hope you enjoy them. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of them sometime soon as well.

  10. Hey Tanabata! I read the trilogy and wasn't too impressed, but I'm glad to have read them nonetheless. :) I forgot to add you as the person who recommended the books to me when I originally posted it, but it's on there now.

  11. Joy - Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy them too much. Art is a very personal thing. At least they are quick reads. :P


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