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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and quite unusual, 17 Jun 2011
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vadim (Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Madrid Spain) - See all my reviews
This review is from: A Bride's Story: Vol 1 (Hardcover)
The story is set in the 19th century, in a rural village. As the description says, this is a story about Amir (it's spelled like that in the book, might be a translation difference), a 20 year old woman from a nomadic tribe marrying Karluk, a 12 year old boy from another village. In their society this is considered to be somewhat unusual because she is too old. Normally she'd have married at 15.

The story is mostly of the "slice of life" kind, and so is quite thin on plot. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but don't expect a whole lot of development in here. Quite a lot of it goes on detailing the lives of the characters, and the cultural differences between Amir's and Karluk's villages. There is some romantic content, though more than romantic I'd describe it as "cute" for lack of a better word. People who are interested in learning how other people lived will probably find this interesting. People who expect a lot of action and plot development should look elsewhere, though.

For people who feel uncomfortable with the main characters, I'll say that nothing happens between them in this book, though I expect later ones to contain something. In the context of this story and the society that is depicted, Amir is considered to be a bit old, and to have limited child bearing years, so she'll probably be expected to have one soon.

A somewhat odd thing is that one of the characters in the book seems to be some kind of modern historian. In this book his presence is unexplained and seems to be entirely unnecessary. He doesn't appear a whole lot though, so it's not a big deal in any case.

The artwork is extremely impressive. It is very detailed and enjoyable to look at. The content inside really does look like the cover, except for being in black and white. I'd say the book is quite worth buying just to look at the artwork. Kaoru Mori spent a lot of effort on drawing very detailed clothing, scenery, rugs and pretty much everything else. It is much better drawn than any other manga I've seen so far. The pages that start each chapter are especially detailed, and would do very nicely as a desktop background.

The book itself is hardcover, well made and with a very nice dust jacket. The publisher definitely took good care to make sure the quality of the book matched that of the content.

Overall, I'd say that this is well done, enjoyable and well worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 29 Aug 2011
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This review is from: A Bride's Story: Vol 1 (Hardcover)
I was very pleasantly surprised by this Deluxe Edition! I was expecting a lot less I confess, but was blown away when I got the actual thing in my hands!
It got a dark brown hard cover, covered with a perfectly well printed colorful dust cover.
The dimensions are bigger than your usual manga: 21*15cm
There are no color pages inside, but that is because the mangaka herself didn't provide any colored pics (beside the book's covers) in the original books/chapters in japanese.
Inside, the printing is very well done and the wonderful artwork is really given justice to, it's a shame they didn't use a whiter paper and also the blacks could have been deeper, but that is really me looking closely at it.
I appreciate the fact they left the original sfx in jap and simply added up the eng text close to it, instead of replacing them.
Good translation.
I won't enter in commenting the actual story, it's simply amazing and very unique, the details Kaoru Mori put in each page is breathtaking, you can really feel a whole world being brought to life under her penmanship and crafting.
I highly recommend!

And damn, now I wish there could be a deluxe edition of Emma too! ;__;
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!, 5 April 2012
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This review is from: A Bride's Story: Vol 1 (Hardcover)
This story is really beautiful. I'll start off addressing the child husband. (Doesn't that sound wrong?) There is no innappropriate content. Amir is very aware of the fact that her husband is a child, and treats him much like a doting older sister. He, in turn, tries very hard to live up to expectations. The artwork is really detailed and beautiful. The story is touching. The family dynamics realistic, and the characters appealing. I am eagerly awaiting the next translated volume. I will definitely be reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic must read manga story, 17 Feb 2012
This review is from: A Bride's Story: Vol 1 (Hardcover)
This book is a must read for all manga fans. I's fairly unusual, but is set in ineteenth century central Asia. it's about a young woman named Amir who marries from a nomadic tribe at the age of twenty, to a young boy of twelve. Throughout the book her feelings grow for the boy and his sprawling family. The drawings are eqxquisite, and are crafted with painstaking detail. In short, a wonderfully executed, richly detailed, fabulously informative manga book. Read it.
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