Sandcastle by Pierre LevySandcastle by Pierre Levy

Sandcastle

byPierre LevyIllustratorFrederik Peeters

Hardcover | May 7, 2013

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It's a perfect beach day, or so thought the family, young couple, a few tourists, and a refugee who all end up in the same secluded, idyllic cove filled with rock pools and sandy shore, encircled by green, densely vegetated cliffs.
But this utopia hides a dark secret.
First there is the dead body of a woman found floating in the crystal-clear water.
Then there is the odd fact that all the children are aging rapidly. Soon everybody is growing older-every half hour-and there doesn't seem to be any way out of the cove. Levy's dramatic storytelling works seamlessly with Peeters's sinister art to create a profoundly disturbing and fantastical mystery.

Praise for Sandcastle:

"Begins like a murder mystery, continues like an episode of The Twilight Zone, and finishes with a kind of existentialism that wouldn't be out of place in a Von Trier film." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
"Sandcastle is a fast 112-page read you won't be able to put down."  -Cleveland.com

"Peeters and Lévy convey some profound, if profoundly unsubtle, truths about the human condition. Weighty stuff, expertly told." -The Comics Bulletin
Pierre Oscar Levy is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. He lives in France. Frederik Peeters’s previous graphic novels have received multiple nominations for top awards at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. He lives in Switzerland.
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Title:SandcastleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:112 pages, 9.75 × 7 × 0.75 inPublished:May 7, 2013Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1906838380

ISBN - 13:9781906838386

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing May contain spoilers, though I've tried to keep it cryptic. I'm going to start by saying I absolutely *hated* the ending which has brought my rating down to a four. Otherwise, up until that point, I was absolutely mesmerized with this book! Such a unique, gripping story and completely spellbinding. It's up to the reader to make sense of the story and figure out the meaning for themselves. The genre is either science fiction (which is actually mentioned in the story) or magical realism (an old myth/fairy tale is related to give this impression). The story comes full circle expressing to me the theme of people building walls around themselves, to protect them from the possible evils of life, but then only succumbing to a unfulfilled life that ends in death. I was greatly fascinated by the story, attentive to the end to find out what would happen. But was disappointed with the conclusion as I had really felt that the youngest boy's question about what happens after death was going to lead to a profound examination of death not being the end, or only the beginning or eternal life, etc. (I'm Catholic) I find these themes often come out similar to the Catholic view of death in many stories even when the author hasn't set out to do so. But instead, we got a silly abrupt, death is death, myth and an ending that shows life continuing but rather without any hope. The book is for mature readers as it does show full frontal nudity of both sexes, however it is in natural circumstances and not gratuitous at all. Certainly worth reading! Very well done.
Date published: 2014-06-24