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"Life is but a sigh...",
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This review is from: The Sigh (Hardcover)
Rose is the youngest of three daughters of a merchant who brings back presents for his daughters when he goes on his business trips. Except the one time when Rose asks him for a blue bean, he returns empty handed. And then there is a knock on the door. A strange spirit-like creature called Ah has the blue bean. From there, Rose will go on a journey that will take in a magical kingdom, a kidnapped prince, a dragon, a Bandit Queen, and true love...
Marjane Satrapi's latest book isn't a comic book per se, it's a fairy tale with blocks of text accompanied by colourful illustrations by Satrapi. If you've read Douglas Coupland's "Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People", it's exactly the same format. The book is a short 54 page read, well produced in a hardback with a silver-bordered cover design and high quality paper.
The story is aimed at younger readers who will appreciate the fantasy elements to the stories the best. It's a charming ramble through a strange land with interesting characters that a parent and child would enjoy, but for myself I would say it's an ok story at best. Her best work remains "Persepolis" which I highly recommend if you've not already read it.