Beautiful Darkness

Beautiful Darkness

Graphic Novel - 2014
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Kerascoët's and Fabien Vehlmann's unsettling and gorgeous anti-fairy tale is a searing condemnation of our vast capacity for evil writ tiny. Join princess Aurora and her friends as they journey to civilization's heart of darkness in a bleak allegory about surviving the human experience. The sweet faces and bright leaves of Kerascoët's delicate watercolors serve to highlight the evil that dwells beneath Vehlmann's story as pettiness, greed, and jealousy take over. Beautiful Darkness is a harrowing look behind the routine politeness and meaningless kindness of civilized society
Publisher: Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2014
Edition: First hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781770461291
1770461299
Characteristics: 94 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm

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BookEMonster
Aug 23, 2017

If Tim Burton and David Lynch had decided to tell Lord of The Flies as a fairy story a la Frances Hodgsen Burnett's Racketty Packetty House, you'd have this book. The art work is gorgeous. This is not for children or the faint of heart. You must have a strong stomach and understand visual allegory. Each person, especially each child/adolescent, contains a multitude of personalities- illustrated in this book as wee folk.
I recommend to anyone that is a fan of those listed above (except Burnett alone, you must have an affinity for the macabre as well). (EDIT: I said Beatrix Potter initially, but it was R.P.H. I was reminded of, not a Potter tale.)

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al_y_sha
Mar 13, 2017

I picked up this title because of the gorgeous and adorable artwork but it had me reading with my mouth open at the horrors within. What starts off as a cute fairytale, very quickly turns into a nightmare. Beautiful Darkness pictures a bleak world, where innocence is ultimately destroyed by brutality and greed.

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klutzrick
Mar 13, 2014

Writer Vehlmann and the husband and wife artist team Kerascoët magnificently twist the classic children’s story The Borrowers into a dark allegorical tale. Seemingly abandoned in a forest, princess Aurora and friends struggle for survival against creatures, both real and magical, and each other. Vehlmann and Kerascoët successfully incorporate well known elements of fairy tales—fey princesses, a noble prince, talking creatures, giants, little people, and witches—to great effect in their anti-fairy tale. The duo reveals and revels in the demented underbelly of the fairy tale: cannibalism, mutilation, deceit, and more. Kerascoët’s amazing watercolors portray a lush world that is simultaneously beautiful and terrifying. The multi-layered Beautiful Darkness expertly provides an intelligent and nuanced view of the consensus reality.

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