In recent months I’ve become rather fond of graphic novels, so requesting The Princess of Cleves by Madame De La Fayette with script and art by Catel and Claire Bouilhac wasn’t a hard choice. From the cover alone you can tell that the artwork is going to be brilliant and thus I was especially motivated to see what this one is about, especially since royalty falls very close to a fantasy story for me.
Entering life at the French royal court, a world in which “what is shown is rarely the truth,” the young Princess of Clèves learns of passion’s torments, of heartbreak, and of the agony of love. Claire Bouilhac and Catel Muller’s graphic-novel adaption of this classic tale—often referred to as the forerunner of the modern psychological novel—remains faithful to the original 17th-century text, while also providing surprising and original insight into both the mystery of the creative act, and the link between the author, Madame de La Fayette, and her heroine, the Princess of Clèves.
What are your thoughts on this book? Does it sound like something you’d be interested in requesting? Let me know in the comments!