(ARC) Book Review: Renée by Ludovic Debeurme

Renée

Title: Renée

Author: Ludovic Debeurme

Genre: Graphic Novel

Format: eARC

Publication Date: Due to be published on 2nd February 2016

Source: Net Galley (I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review)

‘Time has no heart… but it beats.’

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Summary

While Lucille moves back in with her overbearing mother and Arthur serves time in prison for murder, new character Renee becomes obsessed with a married jazz musician twice her age. Debeurme’s haunting border-less panels follow these three lovers between dreams and reality, twining their stories together into a poignant and universal search for love.

Review

Yikes, where do I start?  This book was… interesting.  I don’t think I have ever read anything quite like it, and for that reason, it certainly stands out.  For the first half of the book, I really struggled to grasp how all the character’s lives were intertwined, and with the illustrations being so abstract, it was easy to become confused about which drawings related to which character.

Nevertheless, as I read on, and I found my bearings over who was who, I did start to really enjoy it.  It was probably a bit too abstract for my liking, and I feel a re-read might be in order to appreciate all of the metaphors portrayed by the art.  I’ll have to admit, I found the art a bit crude in places for me personally.  I can see that this did have relevance to the characters and their states of mind, though from the cover and description I hadn’t expected the imagery to be quite so graphic (definitely more appropriate for an adult audience).  I was intrigued enough to read to the end, and ultimately found it interesting how all the characters were linked, and how love could be both beautiful and destructive.  Some parts of the book were very poetic, and although I wouldn’t necessarily buy this book for myself, I’m glad I read it.

Just an afterthought: I realised after reading that this book is second in the Lucille collection; perhaps reading the first book would have set the scene a little more – can anyone who had read Lucille offer any feedback here?

Star Rating: ★★★ (3/5)

Have you read this book?  What are your thoughts on it?

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