Raven Girl

Raven Girl Once there was a Postman who fell in love with a Raven So begins the tale of a postman who encounters a fledgling raven while on the edge of his route and decides to bring her home The unlikely couple

  • Title: Raven Girl
  • Author: Audrey Niffenegger
  • ISBN: 9781419707261
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Once there was a Postman who fell in love with a Raven.So begins the tale of a postman who encounters a fledgling raven while on the edge of his route and decides to bring her home The unlikely couple falls in love and conceives a child an extraordinary raven girl trapped in a human body The raven girl feels imprisoned by her arms and legs and covets wings and the abilOnce there was a Postman who fell in love with a Raven.So begins the tale of a postman who encounters a fledgling raven while on the edge of his route and decides to bring her home The unlikely couple falls in love and conceives a child an extraordinary raven girl trapped in a human body The raven girl feels imprisoned by her arms and legs and covets wings and the ability to fly Betwixt and between, she reluctantly grows into a young woman, until one day she meets an unorthodox doctor who is willing to change her.Complete with Audrey Niffenegger s bewitching etchings and paintings, Raven Girl explores the bounds of transformation and possibility in a dark fairy tale full of wonderment and longing.

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    1. Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: Once there was a Postman who fell in love with a Raven.So begins the tale of a postman who encounters a fledgling raven while on the edge of his route and decides to bring her home. The unlikely couple falls in love and conceives a child — an extraordinary raven girl trapped in a human body. The raven girl feels imprisoned by her arms and legs and covets wings and the ability to fly. Betwixt and between, she reluctantly grows into a young woman, until one [...]

    2. Raven Girl is the product of a collaboration between Audrey Niffenegger and Wayne McGregor, the Royal Opera House Ballet's Resident Choreographer. The brief was for Audrey to write and illustrate a dark, modern fairytale combining aspects of traditional fairy stories with contemporary ideas surrounding identity, the body and its modification via technology. Wayne would then take the story and imagery and adapt it into a ballet, to be performed at the Royal Opera House in London. During the summe [...]

    3. I have a love/hate relationship with Audrey Niffenegger. I first discovered her work through the best selling novel, The Time Traveler's Wife and fell in love with her writing and the book itself. Desperate for more, I found some of her other works like Three Incestuous Sisters, a book absolutely NOTHING like The Time Traveler's wife. I brushed it off thinking that it was just a quirky book she had gotten off her chest. Then Her Fearful Symmetry came out and I rushed to the store to buy my copy. [...]

    4. I think I understand this book as "magical realism explaining gender identity," but most likely I am getting ahead of myself. This book follows the daughter of a raven and a postman, yes you read that right, it is magical realism, so just roll with it. She has never felt like she belongs in her fathers world, for she looks human, but can speak in the same caws as her mother. SO in order to become her true self, she goes through a surgery that will give her what she ultimately has always wanted, [...]

    5. ***NO SPOILERS***"Inside I am a raven, she wrote. I only look human." With Raven Girl, Audrey Niffenegger crafted a sort of reverse Swan Princess, but she did so in a direct, down-to-earth fashion. Where Swan Princess involves a mystical sorcerer’s curse, Raven Girl involves a kindly doctor and a begged-for medical procedure. Unfortunately, though Niffenegger was careful to ensure that Raven Girl contained all the right elements for a proper fairy tale--romance, a villain, a death, yearning, a [...]

    6. I ran across this one in the folklore section of my library. It wasn't until I was part way finished that I realized it was by Audrey Niffengger. Frankly, I have not been impressed with her work so far, and this is no exception.It's supposed to be a modern fairy tale. In fact, Niffengger says in the acknowledgements, "Fairy tales have their own remorseless logic and their own rules." And that's very true except, if you go as far as to explain how wings were grown in a vat with stem cells, then y [...]

    7. A lovely and simple fairy tale, with classical plot elements like transformation and true love transcending all boundaries. In a quaint English setting, a country postman is tasked with delivering a letter to an address he’s never seen before:Dripping RockRaven’s Nest2 Flat Drab ManorEast Underwhelm, OtherworldEE1 LH9 [postcode = East of East, Lower Heights]Here the postman meets a young raven fallen out of her nest, takes her home to mend her and they fall in love. Even when her wing heals [...]

    8. My rating: 3.5 of 5 starsSource: Library Checkout"Today we are going to talk about where the human race may be headed. We have the power to improve ourselves, if we wish to do so. We can become anything we wish to be."After the postman fell in love with a raven they had a child, a child that looked like a normal human being except for the fact that she could not speak (only caw) and she had an extreme longing to fly. She traverses life as easily as any normal girl but she's constantly living a l [...]

    9. This was my first experience of Niffenegger (though I am peripherally aware of Time Traveller's Wife), and it's a safe bet it'll be my last. I only picked this up at the library because it looked like a modern, adult fairy story, and I'm always interested to see attempts at that. Unfortunately, this is only that: an attempt.While it's a fun and strange story that had potential, Niffenegger utterly botched it with thin characterization, stilted and jerky prose, and plot turns (and characters) app [...]

    10. In Raven Girl, Niffenegger combines the modern magic of medicine and technology with the more traditional elements of princes, transformation, and unlikely lovers to create an wonderfully unique Gothic fairytale. It's quick read is supplemented by Niffenegger's own illustrations which enhance the story and bewitch the reader.There were only a few things that I disliked about this story: the ending was quite abrupt, some details were glossed over, and the book was quite short (80 pages total, and [...]

    11. Raven Girl is the 4th graphic novel by American artist and author, Audrey Niffenegger. It was written/drawn as the beginning point for a new dance for the Royal Ballet in London. The story starts with a Postman who falls in love with a Raven. They have a child, the Raven Girl who wants to fly but cannot, until she encounters a man who can make it happen. This is a fairy tale with plenty of traditional elements (unusual unions, talking cats, a Prince, a happily-ever-after ending) but also some mo [...]

    12. Another interesting concept by Audrey Niffenegger: A raven and a postman (named as such as if that's a subspecies of human) fall in love and produce a hybrid, the titular character. The child feels different from others (as you can imagine) and finally realizes it's because she yearns to fly but can't. As with The Night Bookmobile, I'm not sure what to make of the ending, though here at least the irony is more satisfying.

    13. Raven Girl is the eagerly anticipated new release from the bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife. Here, in her longest illustrated book to date, Niffenegger has married together her love of art and literature. The illustrations throughout have been produced with an ‘aquatint’ technique, which uses ‘metal, acid, wax and rosin’ and dates from the seventeenth century. Aesthetically, the book is a work of art. It has been beautifully produced, and has silvered edges, glossy pages [...]

    14. I didn't have any expectations one way or another for this book. I have never read the "The Time Traveler's Wife" and had never heard of this book until I picked it up one day browsing the "Graphic Novels" section of the bookstore, bought it, and began to read it on my way home (and then while walking to my house).I start off by saying my inner-child isn't like most inner-children. I prefer Grimms to Disney any day. I'm also part Danish which means that a chunk of my family is from a country whi [...]

    15. Raven Girl is a dark modern fairy tale, written and illustrated by Audrey Niffenegger. Far from a kids' album, it touches upon subjects such as surgery and body transformation; I read in an article that Audrey Niffenegger thought a lot about transgender issues when writing this story. It was difficult for me to get into this story, probably too surrealist (even unbelievable). Seriously, a man and a raven? The rest is a bit morbid while not really developed. More work could have been put on the c [...]

    16. A beautifully illustrated fairy tale about love in unexpected places, identity, loss and being reborn again. Niffenegger manages to create a wonderful fairy tale, which completely suspends your disbelief, a love blossoming between a postman and a female raven, who slowly learn to understand each other through their varied ways of communication. We learn that love takes many forms and can occur in random places but ultimately it is a bond which stands the test of time. In Raven Girl, we follow th [...]

    17. This is a dark modern fairy tale that combines the elements of classic fairy tales such as metamorphoses, sentient animals and unlikely unions with modern elements such as medicine and stem cell research. Audrey Niffenegger was asked to write a 'dark fairy tale' to be used as the narrative for a new ballet for the Royal Ballet, which premiered at the Royal Opera House in May. The illustrations by Niffenegger are stunning and it was easy to see how this would would make a very powerful ballet - a [...]

    18. *Copy of book received in advance from the publisher.*Raven Girl was conceived as "a new fairy tale," and that is exactly what it is. As in a fairy tale, some details and impossibilities are glossed over; as in a fairy tale, the animal and human worlds overlap; as in a fairy tale, some characters have happy endings, and some come to unfortunate ends.Those who have read The Three Incestuous Sisters, The Adventuress, and/or The Night Bookmobile will recognize Niffenegger's unique art in the pages [...]

    19. was watching some booktube videos for recommendations for halloween/october reads and this was one of them that i found. it's not scary at all, but it does have a dark, melancholy vibe and it's definitely a little weird's about a postman who falls in love with a raven and has a child with her. hence, the raven girl. the girl is born out of an egg and she can't speak english, only Raven. she is upset because she wants to have wings and fly like her mother. she doesn't want to be humane illustrati [...]

    20. Az illusztrációk szépek, bár maga az emberábrázolás nem tetszik benne. Hogy milyen a történet? Egy morbid és groteszk "tündérmese", ahogy Niffenegger magyarázza, annak kötelező elemeivel: baljós tragédiával, különös szerelemmel, az orvostudomány "varázslataival", átalakulással Nyitott szellemmel kell olvasni ezt a gótikus mesét. Nem tökéletes, de műfajában szerintem nagyon is eltalált. Szabó T. Anna, Senki madarát olvasva sajnos nem tudtam mást tenni, mint lepo [...]

    21. Raven Girl is a fairy tale for adults. The premise of romantic love between a postman and a raven intrigued me and the subsequent weird events kept me reading. This book has a touch of horror in it as well which is part of every captivating fairy tale. I loved this book's weird beauty.

    22. All the fairy tale elements are there. Transformation, forbidden love, and new elements of technology. There is also an underlying darkness, in the story as well as the art.

    23. Audrey Niffenegger's attempt to write a modern fairy tale is entertaining and charming. I see that previous reviewers have been put off by the darkness or disturbing things in the tale. To that I say, well, that's fairy tales for you! (the actual Brothers Grimm tales are some terrifying stuff). I think Niffenegger captures parts of the sense of the fairy tale: transformation, simple prose, and, in my opinion the best part of the story, taking something very peculiar and playing it straight. In f [...]

    24. Niffenegger A Raven Girl, Jonathan Cape, 2013ISBN: 978-0-224-09787-1When I read about Audrey Niffenegger‘s Raven Girl project on , I was fascinated and ordered the book. Here was an author/illustrator who worked hand in hand with a choreographer, Wayne McGreggor of the Royal Ballet in London, to create a book and a ballet. There’s a distinct appeal to linking across art forms in a quest for new ground. The story idea was fascinating, too: a postman falls in love with a raven and they have a [...]

    25. Best known for her novel The Time Traveler’s Wife, a book I’ve never, nor ever will, read, I’m familiar with Audrey Niffenegger’s “illustrated novels”, all of which I’ve read. The latest, Raven Girl, is a modern fairy tale conceived for a dance production, and is also the least interesting of the four illustrated novels. A postman and a giant raven produce a human girl who wishes she was a raven. When she grows up and enters university, she meets a visiting biology professor who re [...]

    26. This is a strange fairy tale-ish story about a postman who falls in love with a baby raven who fell from her nest. Once she grows up, she and the postman get married and have a baby - a human-looking girl who hatches from an egg. Throughout her life Raven Girl is seen as different, mostly because she can only speak raven. I'm not really sure what age group I would categorize this for, as the story might appeal to a younger audience who doesn't think "bestiality" when hearing of a man marrying a [...]

    27. Erm, what to say. I think that I like her stuff more in my mind than I do in reality (with exception of Time Traveller's Wife because I did eat that up). Maybe if I'd known that it was meant to be a new fairy tale at the beginning, rather than after reading the end author notes? But let's admit it, mostly I'm skeeved out by the man rescuing a BABY bird and eventually marrying it and having a kid with it. You raised that bird, mister! Gross. I wondered briefly if it was meant to reflect the inner [...]

    28. A lovely little allegory which is about (I presume - or is at applicable to) what it might be like to grow up as a transgender person. It’s simplistic and very short, (I read it over my lunch break) but really quite profound. It illustrates quite well the difficulty of navigating a world in a body that is not really your own, or what you know your true self to be. The futility of desperately wishing someone else could understand you; and the frustration of feeling like you’re just speaking a [...]

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