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Scenes from an Impending Marriage: a prenuptial memoir [Hardcover]

Adrian Tomine
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14 April 2011

At the behest of his soon-to-be wife, Adrian Tomine set out to create a wedding favor for their guests that would be funnier and more personal than the typical chocolate bars and picture frames. What started out as a simple illustrated card soon grew into a full-fledged comic book: a collection of short strips chronicling the often absurd process of getting married.

A loose, cartoony departure from Tomine's previous work, Scenes from an Impending Marriage is a sweet-natured, laugh out-loud skewering of the modern marriage process, including hiring a DJ, location scouting, trips to the salon, suit fittings, dance lessons, registering for gifts, and managing familial demands. The most personal and autobiographical work of Tomine's career, Scenes from an Impending Marriage is a charming, delightful document of the little moments leading up to the big day.

Praise for Adrian Tomine:

'Tomine is, trust me, superb.' Sam Leith, Daily Telegraph

'Near perfection ... Tomine is a superb graphic novelist.' Daily Telegraph

'Visually stunning ... absolutely essential.' Independent on Sunday

'Rendered with uncluttered beauty, the dialogue is so convincing that you can almost hear the characters speak, and it is alight with truth.' Neel Mukherjee, The Times

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571277705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571277704
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 14.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adrian Tomine is the author of Shortcomings, Summer Blonde, Sleepwalk, and 32 Stories. He is a regular New Yorker contributor and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't 14 April 2011
This short comic book is made up of brief comic strips Adrian Tomine wrote/drew about his upcoming marriage to his wife Sarah. They take in things like planning for a wedding DJ, sorting out the wedding invites, worrying about what to wear, etc. In short the banal details of planning for such an event.

I love Tomine's work usually but this book (originally done as a party favour for the wedding guests) isn't as interesting as he and his nearest and dearest would like you to think. It's the usual stuff people who are planning a wedding go through and nothing more.

The book is also a really small hardback with about 48 pages. Cute and dinky, it's a great little gift if you were going to Tomine's wedding but as a comic book it's ordinary and unimpressive compared to his usual work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 17 Feb 2013
By velvet
This book certainly highlights the stress and farce of preparing for a wedding. The outrageous pressures facing the middle class who feel they have to conform to mainstream weddings, which are generally very dull affairs,where you meet relatives you try to avoid and colleagues, who you feel you have to.

It has to be said that the vast majority of DJ wedding music is diabolically cheesy. I know a DJ who played this type of wedding music because it was less likely to offend parents, kiddies and christians etc. The DJ I spoke hated the music he played and never played it at home.

One thing that he left out was choosing the wedding photos. Blimey have you seen the cheesey Il Divo esque photos,that look more like album covers than wedding photos. Working in a hotel I have seen dreadful wedding photos, so overdone and appalling,I wonder why anyone would even want to look at them. It gets really bad when you see relatives in photos running together! However, they make hilarious photos, if you like that sort of thing.

Then the wedding favours. What a load of wedding junk, stuffed full of plastic tat from the poundshop, and horrible wedding balloons. There is just so much tat at weddings.

I think people should forgot the naff disco etc and spend the money on a great honeymoon and a small meal with select friends and relatives.

The hassle of preparation is unnecessary and you really don't have to bother.
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If you read and enjoyed the Shortcomings, you will like the story - but the book is only about 50 pages long, and the size of a postcard, which is a bit disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, sweet, and worth the price tag 9 July 2011
Got this for my partner 5 days after our daughter was born this year, as a kind of 'This isn't only about the baby now I still love you' present. Just the trick
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