- Hardcover: 328 pages
- Publisher: SelfMadeHero (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906838984
- ISBN-13: 978-1906838980
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The art is (for the most part) fantastic, although at times primitive and maybe even a bit inconsistent (bent faces, etc). I also can't understand why Kuper draws some characters with Lil' Orphan Annie button eyes and others with full eyes. The story works best when it lifts away from the couple, who are uninteresting and fairly unsympathetic, and explores the activities of Al the doomed, drunken photojournalist, or even Angelina the pretty widowed maid. By the end we're pretty sick of George and Samantha, actually, which is maybe why the ambiguous ending is such a good capping-off of the tale. Kuper's real skill as a story-teller is in dropping little bits of visual information that carry significant weight.
The insect bits of the story are also great, in particular the voyage of the monarch butterfly that intersperses the book (and when it meets our characters, there's a nice one-page fold-out). Also the Aztec "title" cards for the various sections of the book are interesting, as are the single- or double-splash pages of town scenes - gorgeous! Stylistically, Kuper also does interesting things with word balloons. Overall, the effect is a sumptuous feast, even if some things about the story aren't fully appealing.