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Griffin: It''s good to get in touch with you at last. Could I have one of your fish postcards? I think you were right -- the wine glass has more impact than the cup. --Sabine

But Griffin had never met a woman named Sabine. How did she know him? How did she know his artwork? Who is she? Thus begins the strange and intriguing correspondence of Griffin and Sabine. And since each letter must be pulled from its own envelope, the reader has the delightful, forbidden sensation of reading someone else''s mail. Griffin & Sabine is like no other illustrated novel: appealing to the poet and artist in everyone and sure to inspire a renaissance in the fine art of letter-writing, it tells an extraordinary story in an extraordinary way.

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This singular, magical volume invites readers to examine handmade postcards and open colorful envelopes as they eavesdrop on lonely London card-designer Griffin Moss and mysterious South Pacific islander Sabine Strohem. Sabine introduces herself to Griffin with a note congratulating him on a design on one of the postcards he illustrates--and alluding to an alteration he made during the creative process. Perplexed because he works alone and discusses his creative dilemmas with no one, he responds, begging her to enlighten him as to how she knew about the original design. In her next missive, she admits, "I share your sight," and their correspondence grows increasingly intimate. Sabine continues to make psychic observations and beckons to Griffin from her atoll; Griffin fantasizes about her to escape his drab existence, his interest turning to obsession. Their personalities shine through both their art and penmanship: Griffin''s faintly disturbing, often subliminally violent collages, blocky printed words and imperfectly typewritten pages contrast with Sabine''s whimsical doodles, fanciful postage stamps and flowing, calligraphic script. Pop-up book author Bantock''s ( There Was an Old Lady ) images and concept will haunt the imagination.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Nick Bantock is the author of numerous illustrated novels, including Griffin & Sabine , Sabine''s Notebook , The Golden Mean , The Gryphon , and Alexandria , which together spent 100 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Born in England, he now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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S. Smith
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Misleading blurb leads to disappointment over a fine book
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2016
If you don''t have the original book, I would give the book itself 4 or 5 stars. If you do have the book, don''t waste your money on this edition, hence being generous with two stars (really deserves one). The blurb for this version says "Destined to become a... See more
If you don''t have the original book, I would give the book itself 4 or 5 stars. If you do have the book, don''t waste your money on this edition, hence being generous with two stars (really deserves one). The blurb for this version says "Destined to become a collector''s volume, this limited, 25th anniversary edition contains new artwork, an original postcard, and specially created decorative stamps, making this a book that is as rewarding to enjoy all over again—or to discover for the very first time." Pffft. I have compared my book, a sixth printing, with this Anniversary edition. There are four differences:

1. On the cover of this one, it says 25th Anniversary Edition.
2. The dust jacket blurb on the inside cover is slightly revised.
3. On the very last page there is one more envelope. Inside is a postcard with Bantock''s artwork on it--the card is smaller than a standard postcard; it is about the size of 1/4 of a piece of US copy paper. Also inside is a similarly sized sheet of six stickers with images from the Griffin and Sabine books.
4. The quality of the reproduction of the artwork in the Anniversary edition, at least in the copy I received, isn''t as sharp / crisp nor is the color as vibrant. If you didn''t have the two books side by side you might not notice, but the printing/detail in my old version is definitely better.

That''s it. So for the first time in well over 15 years of ordering from Amazon, I am returning something. Bummers.

If you do not have a copy of Griffin and Sabine already (why not?!!!), you might well enjoy this one. Given the difference in reproduction of the art, if you are an artist or particular about details (guilty on both counts), you might look for an older printing. But it''s a great book and great series. Just irked at the publisher''s misleading blurb.
If you don''t have the original book, I would give the book itself 4 or 5 stars. If you do have the book, don''t waste your money on this edition, hence being generous with two stars (really deserves one). The blurb for this version says "Destined to become a collector''s volume, this limited, 25th anniversary edition contains new artwork, an original postcard, and specially created decorative stamps, making this a book that is as rewarding to enjoy all over again—or to discover for the very first time." Pffft. I have compared my book, a sixth printing, with this Anniversary edition. There are four differences:

1. On the cover of this one, it says 25th Anniversary Edition.
2. The dust jacket blurb on the inside cover is slightly revised.
3. On the very last page there is one more envelope. Inside is a postcard with Bantock''s artwork on it--the card is smaller than a standard postcard; it is about the size of 1/4 of a piece of US copy paper. Also inside is a similarly sized sheet of six stickers with images from the Griffin and Sabine books.
4. The quality of the reproduction of the artwork in the Anniversary edition, at least in the copy I received, isn''t as sharp / crisp nor is the color as vibrant. If you didn''t have the two books side by side you might not notice, but the printing/detail in my old version is definitely better.

That''s it. So for the first time in well over 15 years of ordering from Amazon, I am returning something. Bummers.

If you do not have a copy of Griffin and Sabine already (why not?!!!), you might well enjoy this one. Given the difference in reproduction of the art, if you are an artist or particular about details (guilty on both counts), you might look for an older printing. But it''s a great book and great series. Just irked at the publisher''s misleading blurb.
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Dawn Schlosser
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Visually interesting/not worth reading
Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2019
The format is novel in that epistolary narratives are already uncommon and this has complex design elements complementing the structure, like envelopes with letters and fronts and backs of postcards. But the art is often a bit disturbing and the story is, in the end,... See more
The format is novel in that epistolary narratives are already uncommon and this has complex design elements complementing the structure, like envelopes with letters and fronts and backs of postcards. But the art is often a bit disturbing and the story is, in the end, unconvincing. It doesn’t go very far. The characters’ selves and relationship are underdeveloped and their behaviors aren’t believable, no matter how you read the ending.
I read this in a senior level college course where we are examining the craft of letter writing and epistolary narratives. But it requires no scrutiny at all to be dissatisfied with the story.
The format is novel in that epistolary narratives are already uncommon and this has complex design elements complementing the structure, like envelopes with letters and fronts and backs of postcards. But the art is often a bit disturbing and the story is, in the end, unconvincing. It doesn’t go very far. The characters’ selves and relationship are underdeveloped and their behaviors aren’t believable, no matter how you read the ending.
I read this in a senior level college course where we are examining the craft of letter writing and epistolary narratives. But it requires no scrutiny at all to be dissatisfied with the story.
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A Journey I Had Taken
Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2016
I didn''t know what I was getting myself into when I came across Griffin and Sabine''s story. I was just looking for something to keep me company on a quiet Sunday evening. I''m just a collector of pretty things and books. If I see something pretty and eye-catching, chances... See more
I didn''t know what I was getting myself into when I came across Griffin and Sabine''s story. I was just looking for something to keep me company on a quiet Sunday evening. I''m just a collector of pretty things and books. If I see something pretty and eye-catching, chances are I will add it to my shelf or closet of mentionables and unmentionables. I have never seen or read a book like this one and it fascinated me- a person who likes to take glimpses and long observations of details in strange places. The entire volume was composed of bizarre postcards and letters waiting for any reader seeking a "romance" of sorts to jump in and invade the sender''s and recipient''s privacy. All I can tell you was that this first volume was not enough when I had finished it on a cliffhanger. I needed to know what happened next. I needed more and so like a drug I ordered the second volume.
I didn''t know what I was getting myself into when I came across Griffin and Sabine''s story. I was just looking for something to keep me company on a quiet Sunday evening. I''m just a collector of pretty things and books. If I see something pretty and eye-catching, chances are I will add it to my shelf or closet of mentionables and unmentionables. I have never seen or read a book like this one and it fascinated me- a person who likes to take glimpses and long observations of details in strange places. The entire volume was composed of bizarre postcards and letters waiting for any reader seeking a "romance" of sorts to jump in and invade the sender''s and recipient''s privacy. All I can tell you was that this first volume was not enough when I had finished it on a cliffhanger. I needed to know what happened next. I needed more and so like a drug I ordered the second volume.
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Reunited with a treasure
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2021
I first read this book when it came out having borrowed it from a friend. I wanted a copy for myself but living on an island and Internet was fairly new, it was unheard of to order online and my local bookstore didn''t order books either. What was there, was there. This... See more
I first read this book when it came out having borrowed it from a friend. I wanted a copy for myself but living on an island and Internet was fairly new, it was unheard of to order online and my local bookstore didn''t order books either. What was there, was there. This book is a treasure and I''m so happy to reread it after so many years. I love the interactive reading and how the story progresses. So much so that I''ve ordered the rest of the series to add to my collection.
I first read this book when it came out having borrowed it from a friend. I wanted a copy for myself but living on an island and Internet was fairly new, it was unheard of to order online and my local bookstore didn''t order books either. What was there, was there. This book is a treasure and I''m so happy to reread it after so many years. I love the interactive reading and how the story progresses. So much so that I''ve ordered the rest of the series to add to my collection.
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Griffin and Sabine
Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2011
This delightful book gives us a glimpse of a very unusual romance in an unusual way: through the correspondence of the two people involved. All we are allowed to see of Sabine and Griffin are what they tell each other in their letters and their art. The mysterious unveiling... See more
This delightful book gives us a glimpse of a very unusual romance in an unusual way: through the correspondence of the two people involved. All we are allowed to see of Sabine and Griffin are what they tell each other in their letters and their art. The mysterious unveiling of the two people leads the reader to want more, and, thankfully, there are more books that continue the story.

I love this format. I was first introduced to it in JOURNAL: THE SHORT LIFE AND MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF AMY ZOE MASON by Kristine Atkinson. I loved that book, and found that, because of its length perhaps, it involved me more in the storyline. This book, at only 48 pages in length, still managed to get me involved. It is a fun and intriguing little book.
This delightful book gives us a glimpse of a very unusual romance in an unusual way: through the correspondence of the two people involved. All we are allowed to see of Sabine and Griffin are what they tell each other in their letters and their art. The mysterious unveiling of the two people leads the reader to want more, and, thankfully, there are more books that continue the story.

I love this format. I was first introduced to it in JOURNAL: THE SHORT LIFE AND MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF AMY ZOE MASON by Kristine Atkinson. I loved that book, and found that, because of its length perhaps, it involved me more in the storyline. This book, at only 48 pages in length, still managed to get me involved. It is a fun and intriguing little book.
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Mystery
Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2014
wonderful interactive book that makes you feel as if you stumbled across someone''s notebooks. Its a good story of mystery and suspense. One of my kids binge read it over a day and a half. Now begging me to get the rest of the series. There are some strong words in here but... See more
wonderful interactive book that makes you feel as if you stumbled across someone''s notebooks. Its a good story of mystery and suspense. One of my kids binge read it over a day and a half. Now begging me to get the rest of the series. There are some strong words in here but nothing tweens can''t handle. Anyone younger is not appropriate for this book.
wonderful interactive book that makes you feel as if you stumbled across someone''s notebooks. Its a good story of mystery and suspense. One of my kids binge read it over a day and a half. Now begging me to get the rest of the series. There are some strong words in here but nothing tweens can''t handle. Anyone younger is not appropriate for this book.
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Ndltorre
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Dear S(abine)
Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2006
La historia de este libro es como entrar a "the twilight zone". Entre el triángulo de las bermudas, la esquizofrenia y el delirio. Pero con el pasar de las hojas vamos creyendo que todo lo que les está sucediendo a estos dos personajes "Griffin and Sabine" es real, y que se... See more
La historia de este libro es como entrar a "the twilight zone". Entre el triángulo de las bermudas, la esquizofrenia y el delirio. Pero con el pasar de las hojas vamos creyendo que todo lo que les está sucediendo a estos dos personajes "Griffin and Sabine" es real, y que se conocen de otras vidas... vamos abriendo sobres, descubriendo cartas, leyendo su correspondencia y llegamos al final con la única necesidad de comprar la saga completa pues el libro, como sus protagonistas, nos dejan en puntos suspensivos. Se me olvida aclarar un punto FUNDAMENTAL... el trabajo gráfico del interior del libro en sus postales y cartas; es IMPRESIONANTE.

Thanks Sand for showing me this book. Carpe Diem.
La historia de este libro es como entrar a "the twilight zone". Entre el triángulo de las bermudas, la esquizofrenia y el delirio. Pero con el pasar de las hojas vamos creyendo que todo lo que les está sucediendo a estos dos personajes "Griffin and Sabine" es real, y que se conocen de otras vidas... vamos abriendo sobres, descubriendo cartas, leyendo su correspondencia y llegamos al final con la única necesidad de comprar la saga completa pues el libro, como sus protagonistas, nos dejan en puntos suspensivos. Se me olvida aclarar un punto FUNDAMENTAL... el trabajo gráfico del interior del libro en sus postales y cartas; es IMPRESIONANTE.

Thanks Sand for showing me this book. Carpe Diem.
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I liked this book but feel short-changed due to is length ...
Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2016
I liked this book but feel short-changed due to is length at only 48 pages. However, the artistry and the gimmicky postcards and letters inside envelopes makes up for it. A very intriguing story of the two main characters. The first book left me wanting to know more of the... See more
I liked this book but feel short-changed due to is length at only 48 pages. However, the artistry and the gimmicky postcards and letters inside envelopes makes up for it. A very intriguing story of the two main characters. The first book left me wanting to know more of the story so I did buy the next 2 books of the trilogy.
I liked this book but feel short-changed due to is length at only 48 pages. However, the artistry and the gimmicky postcards and letters inside envelopes makes up for it. A very intriguing story of the two main characters. The first book left me wanting to know more of the story so I did buy the next 2 books of the trilogy.
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Ladyfilosopher
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
taps into our secret desire to read other people''s mail
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2013
What a pleasure, and a pleasure that ''proper'' company would call uncivilised, invasive, even a violation. We get to handle the mail of 2 people who meet as if by magic. Every detail feeds and informs the mystery: the 2 stamps on the first letters just like anyone would have...See more
What a pleasure, and a pleasure that ''proper'' company would call uncivilised, invasive, even a violation. We get to handle the mail of 2 people who meet as if by magic. Every detail feeds and informs the mystery: the 2 stamps on the first letters just like anyone would have to do when finding out exactly just how much this letter costs to post to this other destination. I just revelled in the pleasure of handling their mail and contemplated their histories with 3 dimensional curiosity. "Lush!" as a person I know would say, a person I only know by voice over the phone, as mysterious as the characters of the book. Disembodied ''voices'' which in merit of the format are convincingly real. Letter writers who continue to put pen to paper in this day and age will engage in the sensual nature contained in this package of sentiment.
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Not a book to ‘use’ but to return to when you need to renew the smile on your face.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 19, 2021
Loved the originality and the heartwarming unreality of the ‘story’ as well as the wonderful illustrations and mail-art surprises inside the book.
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Beautiful book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 22, 2019
A gift.
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Joby
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Creative
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 26, 2017
An inspiration
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Mimble
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A bit of whimsy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2011
This is a delightful bit of escapism of a read - delicate, gentle and lilting. A really novel (ha - no really though!) presentation, it feels as if it''s a bit naughty and furtive in that you''re reading someone else''s correspondence. It really does transport you away, and...See more
This is a delightful bit of escapism of a read - delicate, gentle and lilting. A really novel (ha - no really though!) presentation, it feels as if it''s a bit naughty and furtive in that you''re reading someone else''s correspondence. It really does transport you away, and the illustrations are lovely. Highly recommended
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Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary 2021 lowest Correspondence online

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Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary 2021 lowest Correspondence online

Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary 2021 lowest Correspondence online

Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary 2021 lowest Correspondence online

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Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary 2021 lowest Correspondence online

Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary 2021 lowest Correspondence online

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