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The Golden Mean (The Griffin & Sabine Trilogy Part 3) Hardcover – Sep 7 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Raincoast Books; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 7 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1895714036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1895714036
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 19.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #650,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bantock's bewitching trilogy, begun with Griffin & Sabine and Sabine's Notebook , ends with this characteristically curious installment. Once again, Bantock employs his singular brand of visual sorcery to create postcards, stamps and letters that ostensibly travel between two artists--Griffin, a Londoner who has just completed an around-the-world journey, and South Pacific islander Sabine, who insists she awaited his return in London, yet left no sign of her presence. As Griffin wonders whether he and his elusive soul mate occupy "parallel universes," Sabine worries that her telepathic connection to him grows "murky." Desperate to resolve their situation, they seek neutral ground on which to meet. Meanwhile, other questions arise about the nature of their bond. Griffin mentions the death of a woman he loved and receives two threatening postcards from a scientist investigating the "liaison." Bantock's imagery maintains its exoticism, with tantalizing allusions to his previous books, Jungian psychology, mythical ceremonies and the Tarot. If the fictional events here seem more melodramatic and slightly less profound than in earlier volumes, it's because readers know (almost) what to expect. This fantastical and peerless tale--whose conclusion was not revealed to PW --is a must-have for Bantock's collectors. 300,000 first printing.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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I can't get Griffin & Sabine out of my mind. "The Orlando Sentinel"The somewhat conspiratorial thrill of reading other people's mail... becomes so infectious, it's impossible to stop until the book's end. "The San Francisco Chronicle" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Nick Bantock needs to be congratulated for his amazing work in the Griffin and Sabine triology. His superb illustrations bring an intriguing story to life. Watching the correspondence of Griffin and Sabine unfold in these wonderful books is like watching a private moment unfold from the window. As you peak in at these two wonderfully real characters you not only can't wait to turn each page to see what is said but what is drawn. The style of these books was so well done they deserve the highest recognition. The realism used to create actual letters and postcards between Griffin and Sabine for the reader to take out and hold only adds to this amazing experience.
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Rarely does an author come along who interweaves art with the story in such a way that the two are inseparable. From the postcard paintings to the handwritten letters (which the reader actually removes from the envelopes)it's as though art has come alive and the reader is an active participant in the story. I have found this to be true of all of Bantock's works and can't believe I didn't come across his talent years ago. Truly a fantastic collection.
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"The Golden Mean" is the best of the three books, in my humble opinion. The ending is satisfying and still somehow mysterious. Bantock doesn't spoon-feed his readers information, he seems to want to encourage them to make up their own minds about the nature of Griffin and Sabine's relationship, What It All Means, etc. Altogether, it's a wonderful, nerve-wracking book.
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As I always do when a wonderful series of books come to an end, I could hardly believe that it is over. The end is a little mysterious, possibly confusing, but if you followed the series, you just didn't care. Nick Bantock is surely one of the most talented writers of our generation. His books are so comfortable to read.
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