The Adventuress

The Adventuress

Book - 2006
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The author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Time Traveler's Wife" returns with another evocative "novel in pictures," the much-anticipated follow-up to 2005's "The Three Incestuous Sisters. The Adventuress" follows the dreamlike journey of an alchemist's daughter. After she is kidnapped by a lascivious baron, she turns herself into a moth and flees to the garden of a charming butterfly collector named Napoleon Bonaparte. The story of how the two become lovers, and how their affair ends in tragedy and transcendence, is told through Niffenegger's spare prose and haunting aquatint etchings. With a stunning and distinctive visual style reminiscent of the work of Edward Gorey, this gothic romance packs the emotional heft of the world's great fairy tales. It will delight fans of the author's previous works and enchant an entirely new legion of readers.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Image, 2006
ISBN: 9780810970526
081097052X
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. ; 29 cm

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Bhulsey Jul 24, 2014

Overall a choppy, odd graphic novel literally built around sketches. Niffenegger said she believed her college drawings could turn into something, and this is what it became. The story never captured me, but the thin, pretty drawings were worth seeing.


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mclarjh
Nov 10, 2015

Lovely illustrations with an explanation of the printing method. The story was too simple for me.

Bhulsey Jul 24, 2014

Overall a choppy, odd graphic novel literally built around sketches. Niffenegger said she believed her college drawings could turn into something, and this is what it became. The story never captured me, but the thin, pretty drawings were worth seeing.

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Albertasaurus
Feb 14, 2012

too weird for me

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marishkajuko
Jan 14, 2012

Lame, non-sensical story and ugly art. I don't get it at all - but then again, the author didn't bother making me care, either.

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Knix
Jun 01, 2011

Very novel idea for a graphic novel. Quick read, but with added depth from the pictures (which are haunting).

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Oct 08, 2010

Some of Audrey Niffenegger's earlier work. The author's comments at the back of the book explain how each picture was made, which made me appreciate the art a little more. I cannot say that I liked the story.

quagga Oct 29, 2009

An unlucky young woman is rather blown about by the winds of fate: created by her alchemist father, stolen away by an evil baron and then forced to marry. But she has spunk and surprising inner resources, so this is only the beginning of her adventures. The story is surreal, the images engaging and the total effect is magical.

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