The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock

The Golden Mean: in which the extraordinary correspondence of Griffin & Sabine concludes written and illustrated by Nick Bantock

Genre: Epistolary Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Series: #3 in the Griffin & Sabine series
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: 1993
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:

Sabine — I was sure I understood. Yet you were not here when I returned and there was no sign that you ever had been here…. Today comes your card saying you were in this house for three days after my return. I am bewildered. I need you badly. — Griffin

In this volume of the phenomenal, best-selling quartet begun with Griffin & Sabine and continued in Sabine’s Notebook, the mystery of the two artists deepens, their questions grow more urgent. New obstacles (including a sinister intruder) test the tenacity of their passion, and in each letter or postcard, painting and prose are even more richly intertwined.

My Thoughts:
Except it doesn’t really conclude because there’s a related trilogy and brand new Griffin and Sabine book.

After ending Sabine’s Notebook with not only a cliffhanger but a mystery, Bantock keeps the story going and raises far more questions than he provides answers.

How did Griffin and Sabine miss each other? Are they unable to exist in the same place and time? Are they both real? And who is this guy who is suddenly writing to Griffin and wanting information about Sabine and their relationship?

If you’re expecting to find all the answers at the end change your expectations. I am sure there are as many people who loved the ending as there are that hated it.

There is such a voyeuristic thrill due to the format of the book. Reading someone else’s correspondence feels a bit like spying. The artwork is absolutely amazing and is as much a part of the story as the letters and postcards.

I loved rereading this series after many years. I am going to read Bantock’s second related trilogy before diving into the new book The Pharos Gate

4 stars Rating 4/5