September 5th, 2007

The Librarian

Just finished ...

... reading Posy Simmonds' Gemma Bovery (listed recently in catdesk) ... very VERY good, with more than a few interesting twists and turns and lovely art. Not necessary to have read Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" first, but having done so adds a few enhancements and lots of spot the parallels/differences opportunities; telling the tale from the viewpoint of Joubert the baker is an excellent choice, as he is learning details and motivations from outside his observations along with the reader rather than being a standard know-it-all-already narrator.

While marketed as a graphic, "Gemma Bovery" only is the usual panels with balloons in spots ... it's primarily a lavishly illustrated regular text (with most of the pictures being equal to FAR more than one thousand words).

I shall certainly look forward to reading other works by Simmonds ... she has flair with words and with pictures. :-)