Griffin and Sabine

23 04 2008

I read this book when I was in high school. The truth, there was a shallow understanding in my part but I was amused to read someone else’s mail and was intrigued with two blossoming lovers exchange of words. Years later, I revisited Griffin and Sabine and I understood my lack of ignorance during my formation years. It was just too Jungian for me to understand.

Griffin Moss, a postcard designer, is lonely but he doesn’t know it. Sabine Strohem, a South Sea island stamp artist, finds him through her visions. A letter from her completes the bridge. An epistolary novel and a pop up book (to put it bluntly), Griffin and Sabine opens up the voyeurs in us without prejudice and censure. Their correspondence develop without evident direction at first but lands with a touch of eroticism, existentialism and psychological drama. The book showcases more than the exchange of letters and postcards, it also welcomes us to a strange tone of art works that almost mirrors the characters mind. There is no solid protagonist or antagonist in here, just Griffin and Sabine but a line so resonating illustrates the stage clearly, ”You’re a figment of my imagination,” writes Griffin. ”Foolish man,” respond Sabine. ”You cannot turn me into a phantom because you’re frightened.”

What endears me to this book is how physical it was. Pulling the letter from the envelope and unfolding it did not only make me feel like I was in it, but I am it. I just have to decide, will I be Griffin or Sabine?

Notes:

Griffin And Sabine

Written By English artist, illustrator amd writer, Nick Bantock

Published By Chronicle Books