Book Review: Gray Horses

Gray Horses

Hope Larson

Oni Press

112 pages

Noemie is an exchange student from France living in the US.  The plotline is pretty simple and uninvolved.  Noemie meets a baker’s daughter, Anna, and attends art school.  She also has some odd dreams involving Anna.

The text, although very simplified, has some French thrown in, which was a fun touch.  However, I know absolutely no French, so I admit to just skimming over it.  For those of you that do know even a bit of French, it is definitely a fun touch.

I didn’t like this book at all.  I read it during the read-a-thon and I was glad to pick up a graphic novel to break up the monotony in the later hours, but I was ready for it to be over as soon as it began.

My biggest problem with this book was that it just did not have a cohesive plot.  I finished it wondering what the point was, as it seemed like everything was just jumping around.  The dream aspect was especially confusing to me and I just didn’t “get it”.

With a lot of graphic novels, the text takes a backseat to the images, and up until now I have been appreciative of that, but the text and plotline were so sparse that even the artwork couldn’t save this book for me.  So yes, I am sorry to say there really wasn’t much about this book I enjoyed.

Other Reviews:

A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy

The Zen Leaf

I borrowed this book from my local library.

5 Responses

  1. I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you. The premise sounds interesting, and I’ve been meaning to read more graphic novels lately, but I think I’ll keep searching.

  2. Hmm, I don’t like texts full of foreign language, and I haven’t found many graphic novels I’ve loved. Add in the lack of cohesive plot, and it sounds like I won’t be reading Gray Horses any time soon.

    Sorry you didn’t like it much. I hate it when a book ends up being disappointing.

  3. Sorry to hear this book wasn’t as good as its cover would lead you to believe.

  4. I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like it! I haven’t read this book yet, but I am a fan of Larson’s. But I can definitely see how her somewhat surreal style wouldn’t work for everyone.

  5. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you. I did love the French. It took me awhile to realize the translations were on the page. I know some French, but it’s rusty, so that helped. I’m not sure I really “got” it either, but I liked the experience of being alone in a new place, of visiting a new culture. She captured it very well.

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