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Sailor Twain: Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson (edition 2012)

by Mark Siegel

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Title:Sailor Twain: Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson
Authors:Mark Siegel
Info:First Second (2012), Hardcover, 400 pages
Collections:Your library

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Sailor Twain: Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel

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First of all, I have to admit that I somehow missed the fact that Sailor Twain was a graphic novel when I requested a copy. I was interested in the story blurb, but a little...surprised by the format.

That being said, I think the art was the strongest part of the book. It was gloomy and moody and very atmospheric. I loved the views of the ocean, the steamships, and the cityscapes. I thought it was kind of a weird choice, though, to put such cartoon-y and animated looking characters on such sophisticated background shots. The maps and faux articles on the chapter breaks were a really nice tough. The story was interesting enough (mermaids! mythology! disappearing steamship captains! mysterious authors!) but I didn't feel like it developed as well as it could have, and the characters did not have enough depth.

The hyper-sexualized mermaid was annoying, as was the lusty Lafayette and his sexcapades with every remaining female character. The strongest female shows up a little too late, and with a cool backstory that goes sadly nowhere. I found myself not really caring about what happened to Twain. Also, there is a character that looks exactly like Amy Winehouse. I mean, seriously, what's up with that?

I would only recommend this book to older teens and adults, as it features nudity (mostly mermaid breasts -- no Disney seashell bra here), sexual content, and some F-bombs. But mature teens who like an interesting mix of historical fiction, mythology, and graphic novels might find this appealing. ( )
  LaneLiterati | Mar 16, 2014 |
I was walking through the library one day, and this book was propped up on the shelf in the graphic novels section, its gorgeous cover in shades of blue and green and mystery beckoning to me. I had to check it out and read it immediately. Maybe this book has a siren's song of its own?

Gritty, a little bit gloomy, it reminded me of the depths of the sea, if there was a word to describe how that ocean bottom would feel. Deep and dark, murky and mysterious. Where mermaids dwell. We all know mermaids are said to be heartless and soulless and dangerous, seducing people to their deaths. But if they were real, wouldn't we want to meet one? Like fairies and unicorns, they are magical and curious and otherworldly. The illustrations themselves are beautiful, and reminiscent of the industrial era that this story is set in, all smoky and black and dusty.

Riverboat Captain Elijah Twain is an upright, moral, stand up man. No nonsense and serious, he is the last person you would imagine to fall in thrall to a creature such as a mermaid. He is happily married to his lady love, who is bound to a wheelchair, and to land. He is even drawn angular and sharp, no soft edges to him, that would invite such fancifulness, although I feel riverboat captains are by nature romantic figures. In contrast, French nobleman Lafayette falls in love with almost every woman he meets, speaks of the river and the world around him as a poet would, and seems the least responsible human being on earth. The very opposite of Twain. Of the two, Lafayette is a romantic dreamer, while Twain is a pragmatic realist. They go about their lives upon the river, one engaged in many trysts, one bent on business. Until one night Captain Twain finds an injured mermaid on his deck.

What is the deal? Who is this mermaid? Where did she come from? What happens next? You will have to read it to find out!

One note: This book really isn't for kids. There is the obvious nudity of the mermaid, and other more sexy times illustrations. I was surprised at first, because my library had a sticker over the John Irving blurb that states the book contains erotically charged drawings. So, just in case you didn't see that, there are a few sexual drawings.

I have fallen in love with this genre of books that all began with the book Blankets. Sailor Twain was completely different, but just as entertaining and thought provoking. It is a story that draws you in and holds you under until you reach the end ( )
  cinnamonowl | Sep 11, 2013 |
The illustrations are detailed and portray the story very well. The plot is interesting, and gets better and picks up in pace as it goes on. ( )
  SebastianHagelstein | Jul 23, 2013 |
My son read this so I picked it up when he was done. It's a haunting graphic novel about how the allure of a mermaid captures the captain of a steamboat running the Hudson River in the late 1800s.

The drawings are atmospheric and exquisite. A very good story. ( )
  Hagelstein | Jul 22, 2013 |
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Sailor Twain: Or The Mermaid in the Hudson

One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States and the rest is history...

The black and white art brilliantly carries the story
Excellent Graphic novel with tight writing and fantastic art! ( )
  IamAleem | May 13, 2013 |
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Mon front est rouge encor du baiser de la Reine;

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For Edward and Marie-Claire Siegel
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"One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular--and notoriously reclusive--author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens" -- from publisher's web site.… (more)

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