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With a fanciful combination of postcards and letters, author Nick Bantock takes you on a romantic and suspenseful tour of an imagined world. The Gryphon is the delightful follow-up to the wildly popular Griffin & Sabine trilogy. This sequel doesn't disappoint; it's as quixotic and cloaked in mystery as the trilogy, replete with similarly captivating foldouts and handwritten letters. Each illustration is intricately drawn with special attention paid to the tiniest details, like the faded postmarks on exotic stamps. Old-fashioned letters create an atmosphere of adventure, surrounding you with colorful images of ancient symbols. The correspondence between the four players flies off to real and mythical lands conjuring up dark forces and love affairs. It is impossible not to want to know what happens next. If you were charmed by Griffin and Sabine, then it's absolutely unthinkable to miss The Gryphon. --J.P. Cohen

From Library Journal

Bantock re-creates the intrigue of "Griffin & Sabine," his hugely popular first trilogy, in the first of his next trilogy, "The Gryphon." Here we are introduced to two new characters, Matthew and Isabelle, whose love and correspondence mirror that of Griffin and Sabine. Through a series of postcards and letters, the four characters communicate across oceans and realms to describe a world of beauty, fantasy, love, and mystery. Bantock's drawings, collages, and paintings are captivating and original, depicting the places and events that the characters write about and re-creating the haunting visions that plague Isabelle. The letters and notes, many of which are removable, will give readers the sense that they are experiencing the story with the characters, although the small and separate pieces could get lost or stolen. Recommended as a gift rather than a circulating item. Rachel Collins, "Library Journal"
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Product Details

  • Series: Morning Star trilogy
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1st edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811831620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811831628
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

I truly admire the way Bantock combines art and text in his books - it is a gift.
BeachReader
This is truly a fantastic new addition to the series and one that everyone who has ever had a relationship needs to read.
Kindle Customer
I really love this book, but am just cringing at having to wait another year to find out what happens next!
Mrs. Raymond Sayre

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "tallgirlinheals" on October 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was first introduced to Nick Bantock's work when I was fifteen. I was given a copy of Griffen and Sabine by a Japanese foriegn exchange teacher. It was brilliant and I read it as soon as I opened it. My sister and I were fans and collected the next two books over the next couple of years. Since then, I have bought a number of copies for friends and was delighted when I learned that Bantock was continuing the story with The Gryphon. The Gryphon picks up exactly where the third book leaves off explaining who the mysterious M is and the connection of Griffen and Sabine to the person in the final post card. Bantock effortlessly slips back into the characters of Griffen and Sabine and introduces us to two new, equally as intriguing, characters. The artwork, as always, is stunning. This book is a treat to read. If you've read the trilogy leading up to this, you must also read The Gryphon. If you haven't you should pick up all four books and devour them slowly!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dana on November 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Like many, I fell in love with Griffin and Sabine in the first series. The romance of their relationship was unmatched, even before they met. Their letters are amazing and I loved the voyeuristic quality of reading their letters and postcards.
However, in the Gryphon, I felt cheated somehow, as though Bantock were simply trying to find a way to capitolize on the success of the first series by continuing the story. As for the link between the two, I found it to be less than beleivable. While I enjoyed the intense passion between Isabella and Matthew, I never felt the link between them and Griffin and Sabine. I thought it lacked any feeling of the bond that was conveyed betweem Griffin and Sabine in the first series.
Again, the letters, postcards and artwork are beautiful and I loved the format of the story, however, I had some issues with the content.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rae Schwarz on September 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Griffin and Sabine fans: set aside an evening and your favorite chair, and get ready for the adventure to continue. From acclaimed artist and storyteller Nick Bantock, comes the fourth installment of his famed series, "In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Is Rediscovered." Matthew Sedon is an archaeologist working in Egypt, writing postcards and letters to his girlfriend in Paris, Isabella de Reims. One day, Matthew receives a letter from Sabine Strohem, soon followed by copies of her entire correspondence with Griffin Moss. Join Isabella and Matthew as they try and unravel the mystery: is this a real conversation between two people, or an elaborate fiction? And why does it all seem to parallel their own relationship? As always, Bantock's artistry is impeccable, and the postcards and pull-out letters are as beautiful and fun as they have been over the entire series of books. The story is so complex and rich it makes sense to those new to the series, and does not disappoint for die-hard fans.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By BeachReader on November 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was delighted to see that Nick Bantock had published another one of his "interactive" books, and this one, the beginning of a new trilogy, is a delight. The art, as usual, is exquisitely detailed and lovingly rendered. Every time I look at a drawing or collage again, I see something new, something I had missed before.
I did not realize how much I had missed this kind of book from Bantock - has it really been 8 years? -- until I had "The Gryphon" in my hands. I read it quickly, then again, more slowly, after which I went back and re-read the Griffin and Sabine trilogy. I am as confused as ever, but that is all right with me!
I had just finished reading "The Artful Dodger" and that really added to my enjoyment of this newest book. I truly admire the way Bantock combines art and text in his books - it is a gift.
In "The Gryphon", Griffin Moss and Sabine Strohem draw two more people, Matthew and Isabella, into their lives and the story unfolds as the reader becomes privy to their correspondence. It is almost voyeuristic, the way we are able to enter their private world through these letters and postcards. Just the act of pulling a letter out of its envelope makes the reader more involved and vested in the story and its outcome.
I think I have most of the books this author has ever had published, even some of his pop-up books, and I never tire of re-reading them or giving them as gifts. The next two books in this trilogy cannot be written soon enough for me!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "sneetch56" on February 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I knew there was more to be written by Bantock than just the third book of G&S trilogy and sure enough after all this time he does it again. However, I was wanting more about Griffin and Sabine and I had hoped the baby picture at the end of the third book was an indication of more about them. Instead, Bantock begins with a new trilogy, with new lovers. But thank God he kept with his unique stlye of writing with letters and intriguing pictures and art work that varies through out the book making him a writer in his own class. His work is excellent and I started reading him years ago when I saw how beautiful his trilogy looked on a book shelf. That has led me to buy all his books including his address book and notecards and now my friends collect his stuff also.
If your not sure you want to read this book or the Griffin and Sabine trilogy than at least pick up the "Venetians Wife" and I guarantee you will change your mind. All of Bantock's books have an unusual theme filled with mystery, some romance and intrigue enough to make me read the books in one sitting. Please give one of his works a try especially if you are bored with the standard form of mystery writing. Bantock's books are a delight not only to read but to look at, even if you don't like this type of reading. BEWARE OF ALL THE CLUES AND TWIST IN HIS BOOKS.
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