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The Venetian's Wife [Hardcover]

Nick Bantock
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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1 Jun 1997
Nick Bantock's illustrated novel, The Venetian's Wife, is part love story, part mystery, and part ghostly tale --and an altogether bewitching brew of sensuality and lost treasures. Thoroughly bored with her job at the local museum, Sarah heads to the gallery to take another look at that new drawing, the one she can't stop thinking about, the one of the Hindu god Shiva, who dances...That's when it all begins. The next day, an e-mail message brings her a job offer: to find the few remaining pieces of a 15th-century adventurer's renowned collection of Indian sculptures. Her employer, curiously, wishes to communicate only by computer. She has no idea who he is or why he wants her. But other mysteries soon preoccupy her, such as the meaning of an enigmatic illuminated manuscript -- and the sensual transformation that seems to be overtaking her. Through her quirkily decorated diary and the artful e-mail exchanges between Sara and her mentor, Nick Bantock has conjured up a richly illustrated tale of a relentless quest, an amorous legacy, and the resonating power of art -- a lush, romantic adventure of the soul that tantalizes the reader to the last line. Visit griffinandsabine.com!


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  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Printing edition (1 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811811409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811811408
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 20.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 876,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Bantock is the author of numerous illustrated novels, including Griffin & Sabine, Sabine's Notebook, The Golden Mean, The Gryphon, and Alexandria, which together spent 100 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Born in England, he now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book of magnificent, imaginative journies. 7 April 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Both thrilling and sensual The Venetian's Wife is truly one of Nick Bantock's superior works. It's storyline is brisk and involving, and although Sara, the main character, may seem dull and removed at first, is quickly shown to be caring and adventurous.
Through the reading of diaries and letters the reader is brilliantly transported into the personal lives of Sara, her love interest, and her mysterious employer. It is almost tantalizing and in some way mischievous to read, what in reality would be a person's deepest and most personal thoughts.
Perallel only to the writing and involving storyline is Nick Bantock's beautiful art. Both on the side of whime and passion it adds brilliantly to the book's overall mood.
An excellent work, which was so incompassing I had to read it without stopping. Perfect for anyone who craves adventure, love, mystery, fantasy, and or art.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 20 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I thought this book was beautiful as well as thrilling. I liked the indian sculpture theory, and felt Bantock had a good point of view of the main character herself. I felt the character's life was very realistic and interesting. I liked the way he put the story of the explorer and the beautiful art panels and collages of indian sculptures (I noticed a mistake in the artwork, yet it really doesn't matter) You will find this tale delightful and spooky!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bantock Mesmerizes Again! 13 Mar 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Bantock is an author who takes the reader through a beautifully woven tapestry of subtle imaginings mixed with creative original artwork. His first novel, Griffin & Sabine uses a collection of postcards and letters sent between soulmates following each other around the world, destined to never meet. Each post draws the reader further into the web of coincidence and romance that frames their relationship. Venetian's Wife carries on this style of writing - email messages and journal entries describe how mysterious collector of Indian sculpture hires a museum worker to locate the few remaining pieces of mystical artwork.

I've been waiting for a good story - skip the violence, skip the pedantic good-guy/bad-guy adventure -- Bantock is one who, when you allow your imagination to follow him, can (amazingly ) bring characters to life through simple correspondances in a way that can leave you breathless.

If you enjoy fantastic stories that can take your breath away, Nick Bantock's Griffin & Sabine, Sabine's Notebook, Golden Mean, and now Venetian's Wife are required reading.

BTW, the bookjacket says: "The Venetian's Wife is a lush, romantic adventure of the soul that tantalizes the reader to the last line." For once, I can agree with what I read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing... 4 Jan 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I did not know the author but was attracted by the beautiful illustrations that fill the book. By quickly browsing it I thought it would be a nice mystery with backgrounds in art, history and Indian culture. Unfortunately very little of my expectations did come true. The characters are plain, the plot (?) is shallow and the mistery is absent. The illustrations are the only interesting elements in the book. Well, to be honest, the _idea_ is good, and maybe a competent writer could have done a better job. BTW, the ghost thing is very poor...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A uniquely presented story 19 Aug 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
An amazingly presented (graphically) story which follows a woman and her new employer, a mysterious character who only contacts her via computer and needs her to fulfill his unusual goal.
The book is cleverly shown as transcripts of emails and sections from the main character's computer diary. An intruiging story, it's only weak point being that the twist in the plot is abundantly obvious from the start so when it is introduced it has little effect on the reader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 21 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is the first Bantock book I've read, and I really liked it. Extremely original layout, story, format, etc. If your search has brought you here, you need to buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing can beat Griffin & Sabine! 11 Mar 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I still enjoyed "The Venetian's Wife," however. It took me a couple of attempts to really get into the spirit of the book...no pun intended. I like that Bantock weaves the spiritual with technology. I wish there were more details about the characters, though. Would love to have known them better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a nice little book 5 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
ok it's not great literature, but this is a lovely little fairy-tale for adults. the narrative of a reclusive artist coming out of her shell seems to be a favorite theme, but is told with humor, warmth an a bit of playful eroticism. also beautiful to look at, of course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book. Nick Bantock is one of a kind
Published 12 days ago by John Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book, must read for sure!
This is the first book I had read by Nick Bantock and I liked it very much. I would have to say that the ending left me slightly confused and would be the only part I would have... Read more
Published on 25 May 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Engaging, A feast for the mind and the senses.
The Venetian's Wife is the perfect companion to the Griffin and Sabine Trilogy. The imagery is inescapable, as intended, and transports you to a realm where identification and... Read more
Published on 19 May 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting story but weak ending
I truly loved this book, just like I love all of Nick Bantock's books, but this one left me bereft and slightly puzzled at the ending. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars an original piece of literature!!!
one of the best books i've read in a long time, full with creativity, adventure.. original, no one can ever based their storyline on this.. very unique!
Published on 19 Feb 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars cute concept, lacks character development and depth.
Too much attention to art and illustrations, which would be fine if the rest of the book did not suffer substantially from the effort. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 1998
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Bantock Masterpiece
I loved this book, except for the ghost angle. I think there could have been a better explanation. The art was beautiful, as you'd expect from a Nick Bantock book. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 1998
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