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The Sigh (2011)

by Marjane Satrapi

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The Sigh is a fairy tale and, as the back of the book proclaims, “contains content suitable for readers of all ages” so you could even read it to a child as a bedtime story. The general outline is a familiar one – a father has three daughters, each of whom asks for a gift when he returns from his journey. Unable to procure the gift his youngest, Rose, wishes for, she sighs and thus, The Sigh is called. He gives her the gift she wanted and in exchange the father promises The Sigh a favor to be granted in the future. The Sigh returns for his favor, to take Rose away, and though the father argues, he has to keep his word. Rose is taken to a grand palace and treated like a queen. She later discovers that a prince has kept her there and was too shy to come forward and profess his love. Their feelings are mutual, but Rose ruins everything by accidentally plucking a single feather from the prince’s armpit (yes) and killing him. So she journeys far and wide, helping others, in a search for the feather so she can bring her prince back to life.

Maybe you haven’t read a lot of fairy tales, but to me, this is all a bit familiar. However, Marjane’s illustrations are colorful and beautiful – they make the book a pleasure to read. Though the story isn’t detailed in the way a novel is, Rose is nicely developed. She realizes her mistake and wants to fix it, but on her journey to bring her prince back to life, she selflessly helps three other families. In a nice twist, she’s offered a man’s hand in marriage as payment for two of the families she’s helped. I’m used to reading about princesses being offered up, so it was nice to see a female heroine. The moral of the story is that life is fleeting and we never know when it might end, so we must cherish what we have, while we have it. ( )
  MillieHennessy | Sep 20, 2014 |
A retelling of East of Sun, West of the Moon somewhat with some other elements woven through. A wonderful folk tale retelling. ( )
  akmargie | Apr 4, 2013 |
A lyrical and attractive fairy tale featuring familair archetypes and themes for all ages. More an illustrated story than a graphic novel. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
This is a fairy tale which is very much a Cupid & Psyche/Beauty & the Beast variant, with some interesting differences. There's nothing that indicates that says that this is an original tale or if it's a retelling of a traditional Persian tale. The pacing is perfect, the structure of the tale is perfect, and the differences between this and the variants of this type are significant: let's just say that the girl rescues the boy in this one. Fairy tales often had gross bits in them, and this one has an action that might be disturbing to kids 8 or under. But it is not narrated or illustrated in a gross way at all. I recommend it for fans of fairy tales both traditional and original. ( )
  AmyMacEvilly | Mar 31, 2013 |
Fairy tale that was right up Z's alley. I know he will love Marjane Satrapi's graphic novels when he is older (the subject matter will fly over his head right now), and this was mostly a chance to introduce him to her work, even if it was along the lines of a lavishly illustrated short story. Side note: her art here reminded me of Marc Simont's illustrations for James Thurber's The 13 Clocks and the original illustrations for Thurber's The Wonderful O and Many Moons - both of which had fairy tale elements. I wonder if it was a deliberate choice. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 30, 2013 |
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When a rich merchant who always brings gifts home from the market for his three daughters is unable to find the blue bean seed that his youngest daughter, Rose, has requested, her sigh of resignation attracts a mysterious being named the Sigh, who produces the desired seed and departs after the merchant promises him a later favor. Rose happily plants the seed and tends to her bean plant every day for a year, but then the Sigh returns and demands that the merchant fulfill his promise by letting the Sigh take Rose away to a secret and distant palace.… (more)

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