The One Hundred Nights Of Hero by Isabel GreenbergThe One Hundred Nights Of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

The One Hundred Nights Of Hero

byIsabel Greenberg

Hardcover | October 11, 2016

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In the tradition of The Arabian Nights, a beautifully illustrated tapestry of folk tales and myths about the secret legacy of female storytellers in an imagined medieval world.

In the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in one hundred nights, he can have his castle--and Cherry.

But what Jerome doesn't know is that Cherry is in love with her maid Hero. The two women hatch a plan: Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers, will distract Manfred by regaling him with a mesmerizing tale each night for 100 nights, keeping him at bay. Those tales are beautifully depicted here, touching on themes of love and betrayal and loyalty and madness.

As intricate and richly imagined as the works of Chris Ware, and leavened with a dry wit that rivals Kate Beaton's in Hark! A Vagrant, Isabel Greenberg's One Hundred Nights of Hero will capture readers' hearts and minds, taking them through a magical medieval world.

ISABEL GREENBERG is a London-based illustrator and writer. She studied illustration at the University of Brighton. She won the Cape/Comica/Observer Graphic Short Story Prize in 2011 with "Love in a Very Cold Climate." Her debut graphic novel, The Enyclopedia of Early Earth, won two Eisner Awards and was a New York Times bestseller.
Title:The One Hundred Nights Of HeroFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 12 × 8.6 × 1.1 inPublished:October 11, 2016Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385683006

ISBN - 13:9780385683005

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning! This is an incredible work of art. This story is beautifully woven and the narrative is engaging and powerful.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What Hero Did For Love... I am absolutely in love with this graphic novel. It takes place in a make-believe world that isn't so different from the world we live in. Women are portrayed as objects to men and their sole purpose is to keep their fathers/husbands happy. But the feminist twist in the novel makes it so that the women in the novel become empowered and refuse to be subjected to a life of simply pleasing men. They take charge of their lives and seek their own path to happiness; even if that means death. There is only one character named Hero, but by the end of the novel you realize that every single female character is herself a hero. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love Beautifully illustrated and well-written
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We need more than one hundred nights with Hero The moral of this story is: Tell stories to get out of dangerous situations. But not just any stories. Smart stories. Stories about brave women who don't take shit from anyone. That's simplifying "The One Hundred Nights of Hero" quite a bit since there is a lot more to this gorgeously illustrated book. It gives off a warm and fuzzy feeling with its messages of love and independence, yet, it is a very somber and sobering tale. It's muted tones create an aesthetic palette that is just as central to the book's essence as are the splashes of excitement in colour and humour. The way in which the darkness and the comedy mixes into the artwork reminds me fondly of Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant and Emily Carroll's Through The Woods. I'm extremely taken by this story told here on the art of storytelling so much so that I'd stay up one hundred nights (and more!) to live them myself as a member of The League of Secret Story Tellers.
Date published: 2016-07-27

Editorial Reviews

A New York Times bestsellerA Guardian (UK) Best Graphic BookAn NPR Best BookA Publishers Weekly Best Book"The most sumptuous and captivating graphic novel of 2016 is surely The One Hundred Nights of Hero. . . . A wondrously intricate book, and a witty attack on the patriarchy, this is an instant classic, to be loved and kept for all time." —Rachel Cooke, The Guardian (UK)"[Greenberg] is able to touch upon themes of betrayal, love, loss and even madness, approaching the reality of each situation with a touch of humor and honesty. . . . One Hundred Nights of Hero is as much about the power of storytelling as it is the act of doing so. And much like her titular character, Greenberg succeeds." —Entertainment Weekly "Greenberg's enchanting graphic novel returns to the strange world of her award-winning debut, The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth. . . . Greenberg's artwork is whimsical, and her plots reference countless fables. But there's also a real darkness, and the stories speak movingly of the desperation of a narrow, patriarchal world." —The Guardian (UK)"While The One Hundred Nights of Hero will certainly delight feminist fans of fables and folklore, these handmaid's tales will also charm anyone seeking well-crafted stories told with enthusiasm and compassion." —Winnipeg Free Press"If any book is a labour of love, it's this one. . . . This gorgeous volume comes from a female voice, tapping into themes of betrayal, danger and, above all, love. . . . These are stories about women and their secret tradition of storytelling, and they're compelling stuff." —Metro "There's . . . an element of childlike wonder in Greenberg’s storytelling, but it's in service of a powerful message about the importance of stories (written, illustrated, or spoken) in providing hope and strength for oppressed people. . . . Greenberg gracefully balances light and dark elements throughout, and her sense of humour is largely responsible for making Hero's stories so engaging." —A.V. Club"You've never encountered a gathering of fables as funny and sapphic as this graphic novel." —O, The Oprah Magazine"Greenberg is a staunch believer in the power of stories. . . . Readers get sucked into each one she tells. Highly recommended." —Library Journal, starred review"Greenberg combines elements from fairy tales, children's books, and folklore from around the world to create an original but teasingly familiar mythos. . . . Above all, it's a book about the power of storytelling. . . . Greenberg's primitive woodcut-style illustrations suggest folk art from another planet." —Publishers Weekly, starred review