[Graphic Novel Review] Love Volume 1: The Tiger

bertolucci_tigre_cvr13101579104e176c56432caLove Volume 1: The Tiger

(Love, #1)

Frederic Brremaud & Federico Bertolucci

What rating would you give it?
5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from Goodreads)
A day in the life of the king of the jungle, this lavishly illustrated story follows a single majestic tiger through a wordless adventure of survival as it hunts prey and defends itself from other would-be killers defending their territory. This exciting tale is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci. A beautiful, all-ages title that explores genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling. Like a nature documentary in illustration.

What did you think of the book?

This story was wonderfully told, like a silent film. There were no words, only visual stimulus to tell a well-thought out tale… of nature and beauty, and a savage, ancient love we as human beings will never understand. It was a true telling of “the circle of life” and all that truly entails. No singing and dancing. Just life and death. Survival of all, not just the fittest. Mankind has long since clung to that belief, that they are the fittest, the most intelligent and technologically advanced, and thus they can do what they want…. but not only is that arrogance, it is also illustrating every ounce of Man’s ignorance and prideful, selfish ways. Humans do not truly understand what it means to be part of this great world we live in. That everything has its place, and sometimes the predator gets its prey. Sometimes the prey outfits its predators. And sometimes, more times than most would admit, no one comes out “on top”. It is just a random thread on the loom of fate.

Tiger tries everything to just get himself a meal, and EVERYTHING goes against him, tries to kill or eat him, or just outright chases him away. In the end, he finds himself face to face with a predator who thinks far too highly of himself (with his guns and his tents to protect him), and that overconfidence, that lack of respect and understanding of nature and his place in it, is ultimately what gets him killed.

A poignant story, indeed. Let’s hope trigger-happy idiots don’t decide to use it for their own “WE MUST KILL THE BEAST” campaign, as that would once again only prove the lack of any understanding at all.

What was your favourite aspect of the book?

Uhhhggghh… Okay. So straight off the bat – THE ART IS SO GORGEOUS, it warrants its own special mention. Right away I knew I might give it a 5 for that fact alone, and nothing else. 😄

Secondly, TIGER. I feel so bad for that tiger. 😄 😄 😄 And I really, REALLY mean it too! xD HE’S JUST TRYING TO GET SOME BREAKFAST! And EVERYTHING is turnin’ against him as he hunts. 😄

I was laughing out loud throughout most of this book, at all the misadventures this big kitty had to go through to finally get himself some grub. Like when *dies laughing just thinking about it* [highlight to see–>]AN ELEPHANT IN HEAT just PLOWS him over like he was nothing.[/highlight]

I would show you all what I’m talking about, except… well.. I can’t. So go read the book! You won’t be disappointed!

…..PFFFTT THAT POOR TIGER. 😄

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

BEWARE OF GORGEOUS ART AND POSSIBLE SIDE-SPLITTING AS YOU LAUGH AT TIGER.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Yup! A whole bunch. xD

Would you recommend this book?

Absolutely! If for nothing else, but it’s gorgeous art and silent storytelling!

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Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Magnetic Press
Publication Date: February 2015
Format: eBook, ARC
Pages: 84
Genre: Wordless Storytelling,
Graphic Novel, Stunning Art,
Animals, Jungle, Tiger, Jaguars, Drama
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by Publisher upon request
Challenge:   2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (18),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
2015 Graphic Novel and Comic Reading Challenge,
2015 NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
Readathon Day 2015
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