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A Bride's Story, Vol. 4 Hardcover – January 22, 2013
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As Englishman Mr. Smith arrives at the Aral Sea on his journey across Asia, he meets a lively pair of twins who have their minds focused on finding the perfect pair of brothers to marry. Mori’s story, a slice of life on the nineteenth-century Silk Road, no longer focuses solely on Amir and her child groom, but the tale’s romance and beauty never fade. Her characters are vibrant enough to leap off the page, and she shows as much respect for their customs as her character Mr. Smith does. Minor nudity will likely keep this in adult collections, but older teens will enjoy laughing at the marriage-minded twins. Grades 10-12. --Snow Wildsmith
About the Author
Kaoru Mori's previous series, Emma, about a maid and a gentleman in Victorian England, has been lauded by Library Journal and was named to the YALSA Great Graphic Novels list. A Bride's Story has only broadened her fan base in Japan and the U.S. with its elegant style and delicate story.
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** This review contains no spoilers for volume 4, but will have mild ones for previous volumes. **
We start with a chapter revisiting some old friends from volumes 1 and 2. It's nice to get a glimpse of what's going on with Amir, Karluk, Pariya, etc. It's also great to known Mori's not done with these beloved characters.
The remainder of this volume continues along with Mr. Smith to a new village and then settles it's focus on a new bride. Or rather "brides", in this case. Young twins Laila and Leily are more interested in catching future husbands than the fish their village trades in and decide to take matters into their own hands. The schemes and plans they enact are ridiculous and mischievous in an endearing way. Their energy is infective and amusement with this rambunctious pair unavoidable. They're not quite as strong leads as Amir, but that's a very slight criticism.
With the spotlight on this set of brides with both less maturity and troubles than Amir or Tala Mori has changed the tone of her epic again, giving us something a bit lighter. Yet it's just as carefully crafted as previous volumes and retains the same atmosphere and small touches that unify the various tales in the manga.
After four volumes I'm running out of ways to properly describe the art. As with the entire series to this point the art is absolutely incredible, intricately detailed beyond belief and easily among the best I've ever seen.
Volume 4 brings more changes and new faces to A Bride's Story without any loss of quality or momentum.
Mischievous and resourceful, the twins save Mr Smith from drowning and bring him to their village as a 'doctor'. It is a ploy of sorts as it was meant to bring possible suitors to the village for the girls to inspect as they believe their father isn't doing enough to find them husbands.
The plot seems very conventional and even backwards but the time period and setting suit the story as there is nothing meek or quiet in Leily, Laila, their mother and her friends. They are bold and strong in their own ways.
It is goofy fun and the artwork, as per usual, is impeccable.
All that said, my favorite chapter is before the twins's story starts as the ongoing story of the outspoken, unique Pariya meets her own possible match. There is something engaging about Pariya, who is strong willed yet finds herself clumsy in social situations, and her struggle to find her role in her village. So to see her in any situation is always intriguing.
3 stars for the story
5 stars for the Amazing art