Sabine’s Notebook by Nick Bantock

Sabine’s Notebook: in which the extraordinary correspondence of Griffin & Sabine continues written and illustrated by Nick Bantock

Genre: Epistolary Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Series: #2 in the Griffin & Sabine series
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 48
Source: Purchased

*Note I’m posting about this series every Friday until I finish. I am not attempting to be spoiler free so if you haven’t read the previous books in the series you have been warned.

The Book:
From the publisher:

Griffin & Sabine, the most creative and talked-about bestseller of 1991, left readers on the edge of a precipice. With Sabine’s Notebook, they begin—along with Griffin—the fall. Once again, the story is told through strangely beautiful postcards and richly decorated letters that must actually be pulled from their envelopes to be read. But this volume is also a sketchbook and diary kept by the possibly unreal Sabine, who is living in Griffin’s house in London while he wanders through Europe, North Africa, and Asia, backwards through layers of ancient civilizations—and of himself.

Filled with her delicately macabre drawings and notations, the notebook adds a darker element of visual intrigue to their complex and mysterious world. For the thousands who finished Griffin & Sabine and asked, “What happened next?,” this second volume in the quartet provides the answers—but raises new and even more haunting questions of its own.

My Thoughts:
After ending the previous book with a cliffhanger, Bantock keeps things mysterious as the correspondence between Griffin Moss and the mysterious Sabine continues. The artwork and the experience of reading the story via beautiful postcards and letters to be removed from envelopes add both a visual and tactile element to the story.

Is Sabine a figment of Griffin’s imagination or is it the other way around? As Griffin travels the world and Sabine becomes familiar with London the questions remain unanswered and increasingly more complex.

I enjoyed this series when I read it many years ago and I’m enjoying it all over again as I prepare to read the books I haven’t read and the new one just released.

4 stars Rating 4/5