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Title: Aline and the Others
Author and Artist: Guy Delisle
Guy Delisle is a Quebecois creator best known for his travel narratives. My Wife has been working her way through his books over the past several months, including one in the original French. Aline was her least favorite so far but it seemed a good one for me to start with because it is the shortest, only 72 pages. Such a lazy man am I!
Aline collects 26 short, wordless comic stories, entitled with women's names from A to Z. "Aline" is the first, "Zoé" the last. The stories offer a deeply twisted exploration of female sexuality. I won't kid you. There's a lot of sex in this book - not for children. However, it's far from sexy - more a visual approximation of what it would look like if figures in abstract sculpture decided to get it on.
Not all of the stories are about sex. Francine is a small child, sitting crying on the floor. Her tears run out so she storms off to the kitchen for a glass of water. Her fluids replenished, she goes back to the same spot and resumes crying. Irene manages to remove her arms while examining herself in the mirror, much to her own amusement. The rest of her story recounts her struggle to get them back on.
Delisle did create a companion volume from the male perspective: Albert and the Others. While Aline is amusing, I can't say I'm particularly interested in reading more of the same. I will reserve judgement of Delisle's work in general until I've read his travel works.
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