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The Three Incestuous Sisters [Hardcover]

Audrey Niffenegger
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Book Description

1 Sep 2005

Before she wrote The Time Traveler's Wife, now a bestseller all around the world, Audrey Niffenegger's books were beautiful, handmade, exquisitely illustrated tales, published in editions as small as ten copies. They took many years to create, were bought by collectors and have been seen by few people. At last, as part of its acclaimed and very successful list of graphic books, Cape is delighted to publish The Three Incestuous Sisters in a beautiful edition at an affordable price.

It is the story of three sisters, Clothilde, Ophile and Bettine, who live together in a lonely house by the sea. All three are rivals for the love of Paris, the lighthouse-keeper's son. When Paris chooses Bettine, and she becomes pregnant, the other sisters are jealous. Eventually, after the baby is born, they cause Bettine's death. Paris runs away to sea and Ophile, overwhelmed by remorse, throws herself from the lighthouse. Clothilde lives on in the house, sad and alone. Then one day a circus comes to town. In it is an amazing flying boy. She recognizes him as Bettine's child...

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; 1st Edition edition (1 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224076868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224076869
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 31.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Audrey Niffenegger is an exceptionally creative writer and visual artist who has achieved enormous success in both worlds. Her debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, has sold nearly five million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty-three languages to date. A Richard & Judy book club choice in the UK, it has been a huge bestseller all round the world. In the Daily Telegraph's readers' poll of the 'Top 50 Books of All Time' it appeared at no. 11. Niffenegger is also the author of two 'novels-in-pictures', The Three Incestuous Sisters(2005) and The Adventuress (2006), both published by Cape.

Her graphic novel The Night Bookmobile was recently serialized in the Guardian and will be published soon on the Cape Graphic list.

A Chicago native, Niffenegger received her MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Northwestern University. Her art has been widely exhibited in the United States and is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress and Harvard University's Houghton Library.

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"Haunting illustrations and sparse yet lyrical prose...a poignant and innovative addition to the picture-book field." (Lucy Davies Daily Telegraph)

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A magical illustrated book - a 'visual novel' - by the bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Work of love 13 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Swayed by a Sunday Times review, I bought this book and it is certainly a lovely looking work and obviously a labour of love. Each page is a colour illustration with minimal text, since the story is told through the pictures. Don't be put off by the title, there is nothing perverted about this story! It's a tale of love, jealousy, loss and redemption and is a lovely thing to own, especially at the Amazon price! It wasn't something I, personally, would come back to again and again so I have passed it on to someone else to enjoy but at such a good price for such a nice looking thing, take a chance and find out for yourself!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely picture novel... 12 Feb 2007
For anyone looking for the next 'Time Travellers Wife' this book is not for you. It is however, a beautifully designed picture novel which could easily be read in minutes but spending a little longer looking at each image makes the experience of 'reading' this well worthwhile.

The illustrations are fantastically quirky, the story is both sad and funny and all in all this is a really unique book that will take pride of place on any bookshelf.

Well worth a look
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely and hypnotic 24 Sep 2005
Here it is--Audrey Niffenegger's strange follow-up to her wildly popular novel "The Time Traveler's Wife." The new book is a "visual novel" of 176 pages and can be read in well under an hour--though, hopefully, you'll spend days pouring over the gorgeous pictures. Open up the book and you find that for every picture on a right-hand page there is a brief narrative caption on the left-hand page. I can best describe the artwork as being a lot like Edward Gorey (actually, the whole aesthetic of the book is Gorey-esque), a bit like Gustav Klimt (imagine Gorey getting it into his head to do Klimt figures), and not a small bit like the art of Dominic Kulcsar on his website The Wmmvrrvrrmm Place--really, up till now Dominic is the only person I know of who made good use of floating fetuses.
And the book isn't as creepy as it sounds. The "incest" business comes in this way. . . The story concerns three lonely sisters. The youngest sister falls in love with a strange man, and the oldest sister becomes wickedly jealous, thinking that she too loves the young man. When the youngest sister becomes pregnant, the middle sister begins a mystical relationship with the fetus, becoming her unborn nephew's spiritual mentor. That's about as weird as it gets--but I suppose that's weird enough!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angels and ghosts 12 Aug 2010
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Three sisters who live alone in an isolated house on the edge of town have their lives disrupted when a handsome young man falls in love with one of the sisters. The pair escape to town when one sister becomes jealous of the couple to the point where she plots to break up the union and take the man for herself. Things go badly, deaths occur, and out of the mess emerges a winged green boy.

The book feels like a dream or a fairy tale. There's minimal text to accompany the large and beautiful drawings, in fact the text seems to be almost titles of the pictures on the opposite page. This serves to tell the story at quite a fast pace so you're turning pages quickly and so it feels like an animated short rather than a book. But going back and looking at the pictures themselves, you can see Niffenegger has put a lot of effort into them. They feel as if they belong to a different time, perhaps early 19th century childrens' books.

I'm not sure if I can recommend buying it as it's quite expensive and it is a very quick read. The book is very well produced but, for me anyway, it's not the sort of book that I'll go back to again and again so I'm not sure I can recommend buying it. If, like me, you see it in the library though, it's worth it to pick up and have a read. It's a haunting vision of a tale that's not quite a picture book, not quite a comic book, but very much a good story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and Beautiful 27 Sep 2011
I adored this book. It is strange and otherworldly. I feel it brought out all of the best qualities of The Time Traveller's Wife and magnified them. A wonderful book with gorgeous, haunting illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 16 Jun 2011
Pictures are superb... I love this book!

It's not like her novels so expect something completely different, if not a little weird and wonderful.

It tells a very short but brilliant story and the illustrations are (in my mind) quite brilliant.

Thoroughly recommend!
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