20 Jul

THIS is an epistolary novel written in three parts. It evolves throughout the trilogy completely via hand painted postcards and removable letters from inside artful envelopes.

When these books first came out in 1991, I knew, from the get-go, that they were going to be a dodge from reality, and that if I wanted to understand what was going on, I had better put on my thinking cap. Nothing was as it seemed, and everything that seemed was naught.

Having read that this trilogy is now out-of-print, I recently slid mine out of my dusty bookshelves, and re-read them again (throughout the years, I’ve re-read them many times).

What is the genre for this trilogy?  romance?  mystery? art form? psychological? Right. It is an epistolary. It is a romance. There is, unquestionably, art throughout. And there is most decidedly, a mystery. But, in my opinion? I’m going to have to go with psychological. Nick Bantock likes to screw around with our heads in this one. He is performing invasive mind-blowing head-trips on us, and we’re wide awake!

There is a correspondence between a graphic artist and a postage stamp illustrator who have never met one another. There is a secret. Oh yes, most definitely there is a secret. Stop thinking you know what this tome is about, and start reading the words instead of the story. You will find that there are many muted clues on every page, and if you just take the time to pay attention, something astonishing reveals itself.

This is a brilliant undertaking as writing goes, and was master mindedly executed.

Sidebar? It has been bandied about that Nick Bantock popularized the Collage as an artistic media, with these books. So, see? You’re gonna like this one. Trust me.


2 Responses to “GRIFFIN & SABINE”


  1. WORDS « WORDMAN - September 3, 2012

    […] Griffin and Sabine, and 84, Charing Cross Road are two epistolary books that I’ve read several times. The writing in both books is delectable. And I don’t even need to add salt as they are quite delicious all on their own. […]

  2. LIGHT BOXES | WORDMAN - September 21, 2015

    […] is magical. The last time I remember reading such a unique style of writing was when I first met Griffin & Sabine – as introduced to me by Nick Bantock in 1991. Unlike Griffin & Sabine, however, which is […]

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