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The Professor's Daughter -- a book review

Today, a review of The Professor's Daughter by Joann Sfar, illustrated by Emmanuel Guibert (this team also wrote and inked the Sardine in Outer Space books for First Second).

I really liked this graphic novel, a romance featuring a lovely Victorian girl and the mummy of Imhotep IV. You can go to the publisher's website at First Second and read an excerpt. When you do, you'll notice the lovely sepia-toned pictures, which manage to convey Imhotep's debonair demeanor and Lillian's vigor. And you'll get a taste for the dialogue, which gives the entire project its insouciant air. (Yeah -- I'm into big words today. What of it?)

Lillian, the daughter of a professor of antiquities, decides one night to dress Imhotep in her father's tuxedo and take him for a spin on the town, since she had no other available escort. The outing leads to the start of a romance, as well as the beginning of a crime novel, after Imhotep accosts a man and Lillian kills off a few more. The plot thickens when a heavily bandaged rogue kidnaps Lillian and Imhotep is locked up in London Tower.

Along the way, the author makes some interesting points about the undignified way that people treat the remains of Egypt's kings (and other similar "antiquities"). It reminded me of the story about finding the mummy of Rameses I at a curiosity show in Niagara Falls, Canada, which was examined in a story by PBS on NOVA: talk about your indignities. But I digress.

Will Imhotep IV and Lillian escape their captors? Will they clear their names? Will they overcome the fact that Imhotep has been dead for a thousand years and find true happines??

I know the answers. But I'm not telling.

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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 31st, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
awesome illustration style--two color watercolor "look" roughly hand-drawn speech balloons....nice!
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
It's highly entertaining, too -- worth a gander if you have time to burn at the local bookstore, that's for sure!
Aug. 1st, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
That is lovely, and I've never heard of it before, to boot. Thanks for posting!!
Aug. 1st, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I hope you get a chance to look at it in person -- the story is quite amusing, and I love the illos.
Aug. 1st, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
Oooh...I love Joann Sfar's writing from Vampire Loves; I will definitely have to check this out, too--it sounds up my alley anyway.
Aug. 1st, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
I'd be surprised if you didn't like it. It's more comical than dark, but it's decidedly cool with all the Victorian manners and whatnot.
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