July 7th, 2018


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Rose de Paris, by Gilles Schlesser and Eric Puech

Second frame of third page:

Hi Rose. I'm Christine.
I'm Sidonie. Do you know where you are staying?

A bande dessinée that I picked up in Paris a year or so ago, script by Gilles Schlesser who has written a number of non-graphic novels set in Paris and a literary guide-book to the city that has been translated into English. Young Rose comes to the city from Brittany in 1925, and ends up mixing with lots of people including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, who she briefly dates; meanwhile her other boyfriend is involved with a complex conspiracy involving his boss's involvement in the drugs trade. I didn't feel this was completely successful as a book - the sepia hue was intended to give a nice period feel to the story, but it gets rather old rather quickly, and both illustrations and plot are very busy. As one reviewer commented, Rose ends up at every remarkable event of the period while pursuing a complicated love life. You can get it here.

This was top of my unread non-English comics pile. Next I think are the final two volumes of Aliénor: La Légende Noire.