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Sharaz-de: Tales from the Arabian Nights Hardcover – January 1, 2013
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Italian artist Sergio Toppi had a singular, unique voice. His sense for layout has been "invoked" by many, but never imitated.
And now, thanks to Archaia, american readers will be able to know and enjoy it. Do yourself a favor and get this book, but do yourself a double favor and get it somewhere else if you want it in good condition. I tried three times and Amazon's terrible packaging service managed to ruin it all three.
Amazon's answer to this too frequent problem? Putting the book under review, as if there were something wrong with their stock, when what they should be "reviewing" is their unprofessional and highly inefficient packaging department.
As for the story itself, it is essential a sample of tales taken from the The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 1 (Penguin Classics), which I haven't read yet. It's the same source as the popular story of Aladdin and while that story doesn't appear in this book, there are a fair number of malevolent djinni's that make appearances. These are basically similar to Grimm's Fairy Tales, made more exotic to most Western readers by their setting. This isn't a book to give kids who loved the Avengers films, but rather something for more mature readers who love strange literature that isn't plot or character driven.Read more ›
Did you ever see the old Sinbad movies? Maybe the one with the young Jane Seymour? The ones with the Ray Harryhausen special effects? Was it your first introduction to the Arabian Nights too? Did the actual tales with the frame story of sex and violence come as something as a surprise?
Well, Mr. Toppi follows the tradition of the original stories and not the movies.
And boy, is it something.
I had never heard of Sergio Toppi before seeing this book posted up on Netgalley. I picked it up simply because of the subject matter. Therefore, I do not know how this work fits into his oeuvre.
First, I would like to say something about the artwork. Mr. Simonson in his foreword notes that Toppi made excellent use of space as well as black and white. This is true. The copy I received via Netgalley, downloaded and read on computer, includes two tales that are done in color. The majority of the book is in down in black and white. The black and white illustrations are better than those that have been colored. The black and white drawings pull the reader in far more than those that have been colored. I do not know what the scheme in terms of color is for the final edition. But the black and white is stunning. The loneness of an exile is far more stabbing and heart rending in stark terms than in the washed out color. I hope the color is either just in the two stories or taken out all together in the hardcover version. (For parents, the artwork does have some topless women).
In short, Toppi’s artwork = WOW!
Sharaz-De (Sherazade) tells stories to save her life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Though the stories are not his they are vert good and they fit perfect with his illustrations which are genius.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is my first book by Sergio Toppi and I was truly impressed. Both the art and the stories are fantastic. You will not regret buying this book. Its truly a treasure!Published 7 months ago by Abigail D. Goy
One of the finest works by renowned artist Sergio Toppi that has been translated to English.Published 10 months ago by A. Shimad
Beautiful linework and illustrations by Sergio Toppi... his telling of Sharaz-De are fantastic!Published 15 months ago by Annie
If you are a person who love well illustrated storytelling, this book has to be in your collection. www.profesone.comPublished 20 months ago by PROFESONE
Amazingly beautiful and wonderful adaptation of the Arabian Nights. This work is so gorgeous, my wife, a professional illustrator and graphic designer, considers it one of the best... Read morePublished on December 31, 2014 by Joseph Cadotte