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is sparse but inventive and much of the story is told through aquatint etchings, an elaborate process that is becoming outdated and is explained at the back of this book.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.