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“America’s beloved indie rock band . . . the Pixies [laid] the sonic groundwork for such alternative acts as Nirvana and Radiohead.” (CNN)

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From legendary Pixies front man, Black Francis, in collaboration with writer Josh Frank and renowned illustrator Steven Appleby, comes The Good Inn, a bold and visually arresting novel about art, conflict, and the origins of a certain type of cinema

In 1907, the French battleship Iéna was destroyed when a nitrocellulose-based weapon propellant it was carrying became unstable with age and self-ignited, killing 120 people. A year later, La Bonne Auberge became the earliest-known pornographic film, depicting an intimate encounter between a French soldier and an innkeeper's daughter. Like all films at the time, and for decades afterward, it was made with a highly combustible nitrocellulose-based film stock.

Loosely based on historical events, The Good Inn follows the lone survivor of the Iéna explosion as he makes his way through the French countryside. He falls into a strange love affair with an innkeeper's daughter and, even more deeply, into a volatile counteruniverse where war and art exist side by side.

But The Good Inn is also the very real story of the people who made the world's first stag film, and Francis weaves together real historical facts to re-create this lost piece of history, as seen through the eyes of a shell-shocked soldier who finds himself that film's subject and star. Through his journey we explore the power of memory, the simultaneously destructive and restorative power of light, and how the early pioneers of pornography helped shape the film industry for generations to come.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062220799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062220790
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By greg w. on April 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
As a cinephile, I loved the many inside references and depictions of actual historical events surrounding the birth of film. Outside of that, this book is filled with a fun sense of exploration and unhinged creativity that is sure to broaden perspectives and delight readers of all ages. The many messages are cleverly woven into the story without smacking you in the face, and I greatly enjoyed joining 'soldier boy' on his hallucinatory journey into the world of art. Steven Appleby's illustrations also make the book itself a gorgeously put together, classy piece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grumpydan VINE VOICE on June 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
If you are a fan of the Pixies and Black Francis, then this part-screenplay, part graphic novel, part history book, and part fiction may be up your alley. Although, I was intrigued by the concept, I found that it was a jumble of each and yet, not complete. It is a fast read, and I really wanted to enjoy it. Many other gave it rave reviews, but it was just okay in my eyes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Mitchell Wyatt on April 30, 2014
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I've been a fan of Josh Frank's work for years—since before Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies—and The Good Inn is his best work yet. It's a compelling read for PIXIES fans, graphic novel lovers, historical fiction, and French porn buffs as well. Couldn't recommend it enough. Buy two!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Violet Ramis on April 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Intelligent, interesting and lovely book written by the great creative team of Black Francis and Josh Frank. So nice to read something "outside the box" that is still accessible.
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If you, like me, are an adult who adored "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," then you should rejoice in the knowledge that there is now a book with the same setting, an equally creative use of illustrations, and the added bonus of vintage pornography. This book is very creative, whimsical, beautifully illustrated, and a really fun read. Merci a Black Francis and Josh Frank for this little gift.
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I was drawn to the book as historical fiction and it did not disappoint. It drew elements from real events in the historical and art worlds and combined them in a unique creative fashion. The brilliant illustrations by Steve Appleby drew the whole thing together. The book itself is a work of art.
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