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Beauty by Hubert


by Hubert, Kerascoët (Illustrator)

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Deeply complex look at the structure and dynamics of power. Kerascoet’s exquisite panels shape the narrative; the subtle elements of composition create lyrical phrases which arc across each page. Within this rhythm of shape and form, the reader is invited to reflect upon hard won
life lessons: beware the motives of those with enough power to bestow life altering gifts; beware the dangers of power held by those without wisdom; beware obsessive desire. ( )
  kivarson | Mar 18, 2018 |
Like 'Beautiful Darkness', this is a very clever reworking of the classic fairytale format. However, it's more than that—it's also a multigenerational, layered dynastic struggle, and a series of solid allegories on life. It works on its own even if you ignore its commentary on folklore; there's a trademark brand of bathos and morbid humor here that sets it apart from most reimaginings of the classics. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
This french graphic novel is a thoroughly engaging adult fairy-tale following the misadventures of a woman who is cursed with exceptional beauty by a mischievous fairy. The art style is Edward Gorey-esque, with a 1950's picture books color palate, but do not be fooled by outward appearances, this fairy story is not for children (it contains Game of Thrones level sex/nudity/violence). ( )
  LadyBill | Jan 23, 2016 |
Magnificent! An original adult fairy tale which explores western culture's ideology of female beauty by both men and women themselves. The story is unique unto itself but has many nods to traditional fairy tales: kissing a frog, fairy spells and curses, having a wish granted, being cursed, etc. When an ugly peasant girl is granted her wish for beauty she finds the benefits are not what she had expected. The story goes to great lengths with the extremes it portrays. Coddie is both treated differently and acts differently now that her appearance has changed. This is an intricate story with many plot points and adult in nature with several beheadings, implied rape scenes and female nudity. I was taken with the story immediately and found it engrossing. A wonderful fairy tale told in the traditional style but also a thought-provoking theme. Though the book has been written for adults I think it would make for excellent discussion with teens mature enough for the content. ( )
  ElizaJane | Jan 3, 2015 |
Starting out like a typical fairy tale where the poor, picked on girl gets her wish when she does a good deed, but alas, be careful what you wish for because nothing is quite what it seems, as the old saying goes! Interesting in the extremes this story travels to and the changes brought about in our heroine by her circumstances, I was sucked right into it and had to keep turning the pages to find out what would happen next. ( )
  michellebarton | Dec 10, 2014 |
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"When Coddie unintentionally delivers a fairy from a spell that held her prisoner, she does not realize how poisoned the wish is she gets in return. From repulsive and stinking of fish she becomes perceived as magnetically beautiful, which does not help her in her village. A young local lord saves her but soon it becomes apparent her destiny may be far greater"--… (more)

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