The Adventuress

Ok, so I’ve read this graphic novel probably more than ten times but I re-read it to my friend who was in town in January and it’s one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors so thought I would include it on this blog.

This graphic novel is strange and wonderful and the only tattoo I have is actually from this book; a picture of two women embracing who are topless but wearing long black skirts and long opera gloves.  The tattoo represents self love, my astrological sign, Gemini, and also represents being an LGBTQ person.

This book reads like a dream and is the story of an alchemist’s daughter and her strange adventures which include fleeing from her husband, wrapping herself in a cocoon and becoming a moth, giving birth to a cat and transcending the tragedy she has left behind.  The prose is sparse but inventive and much of the story is told through aquatint etchings, an elaborate process that is becoming outdated and is explained at the back of this book.  The words and the etchings give the book a unique, antique feel.



  1. February 18, 2011 at 1:12 am

    I want to wrap myself in a cocoon and become a moth and to also give birth to a kitty-kitten cat.

  2. February 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Me too! Much more appealing than giving birth to a human baby I think.

  3. Mommy said,

    February 24, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I would like to see the kitty wrap itself in a cocoon and give birth to a moth 🙂 Especially one of my kittys.

  4. February 24, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Haha, I would like to see that too! And your kitties are very cute, Ma. Hope they’re doing well and can’t wait to see them (and you!) soon.

  5. Dylan said,

    February 25, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I think my favorite word next to serendipity is transcend.

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