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The Sigh Hardcover – 1 Mar 2013

3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Archaia Entertainment (1 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781936393466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393466
  • ASIN: 1936393468
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 627,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marjane Satrapi s graphic novel autobiography, Persepolis, describing her childhood in Iran, became a critically acclaimed worldwide success


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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.
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At first, I thought it was the same as beauty and the beast, but it got better! It's well written and the pictures are good! Would recommend to all! Good and quick read.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x96b21780) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9694d8ac) out of 5 stars Rose is taken to a grand palace and treated like a queen 21 Sept. 2014
By Camille - Published on Amazon.com
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The Sigh is a fairy tale and, as the back of the book proclaims, "contains content suitable for readers of all ages" so you could even read it to a child as a bedtime story. The general outline is a familiar one - a father has three daughters, each of whom asks for a gift when he returns from his journey. Unable to procure the gift his youngest, Rose, wishes for, she sighs and thus, The Sigh is called. He gives her the gift she wanted and in exchange the father promises The Sigh a favor to be granted in the future. The Sigh returns for his favor, to take Rose away, and though the father argues, he has to keep his word. Rose is taken to a grand palace and treated like a queen. She later discovers that a prince has kept her there and was too shy to come forward and profess his love. Their feelings are mutual, but Rose ruins everything by accidentally plucking a single feather from the prince's armpit (yes) and killing him. So she journeys far and wide, helping others, in a search for the feather so she can bring her prince back to life.

Maybe you haven't read a lot of fairy tales, but to me, this is all a bit familiar. However, Marjane's illustrations are colorful and beautiful - they make the book a pleasure to read. Though the story isn't detailed in the way a novel is, Rose is nicely developed. She realizes her mistake and wants to fix it, but on her journey to bring her prince back to life, she selflessly helps three other families. In a nice twist, she's offered a man's hand in marriage as payment for two of the families she's helped. I'm used to reading about princesses being offered up, so it was nice to see a female heroine. The moral of the story is that life is fleeting and we never know when it might end, so we must cherish what we have, while we have it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96d9e900) out of 5 stars Beautiful book with meaningful lessons befit more for teens, young adult and an adult audience. 10 Jan. 2012
By Autumn Blues Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I decided to give The Sigh a review I was not completely sure what the book was about other than it was sort of a fairy tale. The Sigh is an edgy sort of a Cinderella type story but slightly more on the darker side. The main character, Rose, has three sisters with her being the most beautiful of the bunch. The girl's mother has died and the father Papa, who is a merchant, travels to far-away lands and brings his daughters gifts on his return. At the beginning of the story upon his return home from a long journey, their Papa was not able to find the gift Rose had requested. Upon hearing this Rose lets out an "ah," which brings a creepy character named "Ah the Sigh" to their door.

This fable teaches a few lessons. One of which is not judging others by what you only see with your eyes instead of your heart. Others Rose learns along the way are to leave imperfections alone, and also perseverance. This is a beautiful hardcover book and the illustrations are quite unique including the one of the character "Ah the Sigh." I give major credit to the author, Marjane Satrapi, for her combination of the fable and fine artwork and illustrations. As you do not come across many authors who also illustrate their own books. Although this book is not very long and listed for ages 8 and up. I do feel due to some situations in the book I would only recommend this for the teens and even adults who love to read unique fables. As most younger children would not understand the meaning behind the messages and might be afraid of the little ugly character who in the end....well you will have to find that out for yourself.
HASH(0x981bc85c) out of 5 stars "Life is but a sigh..." 13 Jan. 2012
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96dd5468) out of 5 stars Wonderful drawings 26 Feb. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Marjane Satrapi's books and this one has not disappointed. I enjoy her books for adults more than the ones she writes for children, but I think all of her books are wonderful overall.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9733478c) out of 5 stars Simple but Fun! 29 May 2013
By mercedeh namei - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I like this book, but I expected more from Marjaneh. I own lots of books by her and this was not the best of them.
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