Sailor Twain: Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel

Synopsis: One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular—and notoriously reclusive—author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.

A mysterious and beguiling love story with elements of Poe, Twain, Hemingway, and Greek mythology, drawn in moody black-and-white charcoal, this new paperback edition of the New York Times Best-Selling graphic novel by author/illustrator Mark Siegel is a study in romance, atmosphere, and suspense. Don’t miss Sailor Twain.

Review: I must say that I did not know anything about the novel and I was surprised by the format in which the story is presented. All apparently we have a book like any other and what a surprise it was when I opened it. We therefore discover that it is a kind of a comic book. And I must say that the drawings are just gorgeous and I was really impressed by the mastery of the author, especially when you see the number of pages.

We thus find the story of a captain who rescues a mermaid and who finally finds himself in a story that transcends everything. Hiding her so that nobody finds her, he may well fall into his own trap. But this beautiful injured mermaid could hide much more than he thought. But it’s not just about him, and we also discover a French character, Laffayette , who seems stuck on this ship and who dreams to break the curse he thinks was put on him. I must say he is always really busy handling with all the women he meets, whether married or not. He also speaks French several times, which is pretty funny and unlike some novels, the sentences are really perfect. I admit that I was very intrigued by this character. We see immediately that he is hiding something and that he is playing a role, but I loved to learn more about him and to know who he really was. Moreover, he speaks with a famous author that nobody knows about and who will be revealed in the story later and it is true that I did not expect this revelation but it was well found.

It was a very interesting story and the drawings take us completely away. Everything is shared into small chapters that we follow with pleasure. We discover a lot of information about all the characters and even though I think there are some things I did not understand, I think the idea of ​​the siren was well found. This is a good novel that we discover here and I can assure you that we can read it very quickly.



12 thoughts on “Sailor Twain: Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel

  1. This kind of happened to me with Charlaine Harris’s Cemetery Girl. It’s my own fault b/c I’m sure that if I had looked, it would have been obvious that it was a graphic novel, but I didn’t look, lol. It’s not completely the same situation, but I know what it’s like to be expecting a regular novel and discovering that it is not.

    I’m glad you liked it anyway. It sounds very . . . original 🙂

  2. Huh that’s cool so it’s like a graphoic novel? I’ve never read a book like that aside from like the archie comics when I was young – and which were awesome! 😀 Sounds like a fun read too and unique! Great review! 🙂

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