The River

The River

Graphic Novel - 2014
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"The River tells four stories about life on the Po River, one story for each of the four seasons"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Enchanted Lion Books, 2014
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781592701490
Branch Call Number: JGN Sann
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations
Additional Contributors: Reynolds, Michael. 1968-- Translator


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Nov 15, 2016

This is a lovely book. Evocative and mystical. It's amazing how much you can follow a story that has so few words: it shows the power of rich imagery. The river in the story is the Po river in Italy but the wonderful images makes you think of all the stories and, yes, myths that we could tell, and should tell each other about our River here in Vancouver. The Fraser is a river we seem to constantly turn our back on but it's just as meaningful and full of life as the big rivers of the world.

forbesrachel Jun 07, 2014

A vibrant portrait of life, both in the individual experience, and in our connection to the larger world! The river is the source, the beginning of every journey. Those that inhabit its banks live according to its whims, for its mood swings from violent to benevolent depending on the season. Each section is dedicated to a part of the year, with a story that is centralized around it. The artist prepares us for his watercolour visions by explaining his mindset and inspiration in a brief poem. His mastery with colour gives such depth that the soul of every scene is laid bare. Each page brims with unimaginable hues that describe the tone better than any words. First, the time of floods, Autumn in all its variety. Next, barren Winter descends, as colour slowly bleaches out. A dramatic shift occurs as Spring arrives. The sun paints the sky in wondrous hues, as everyone celebrates the exuberance of youth. Spring's magical display becomes Summer's set of extremes. This final proclamation of life in all its glory, comes in the form of a magnificent tiger, now free, and the man who is inspired by him. Each page contains four borderless, rectangular panels. The artist utilizes the "horizontal" to the fullest with his lines of people, plants, or animals. Not only does this display the interconnectedness between all, but it pulls the eye along with the story's movement. Like the river, life flows ever onwards. To fully enjoy this title, "read" it slowly. Its art-driven narrative will submerge you in the sensations of a breathtaking world.


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