La Fontaine et Le Gaucher

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2005
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This is an unusual find. The unusual part starts with the fact that shipping cost more than the item itself. The item is a combination of a book and a compact disc by Pierrejean Gaucher. Its title contains a wordplay and perhaps even more wordplay than I can catch. Le Gaucher means the lefty. The word shows up here because Pierrejean Gaucher did the composition and arrangements of the music and the composition of the pamphlet. The 28-page pamphlet is itself highly unusual. It is 5½ x almost 10. It offers excellent contemporary graphic-novel illustrations for six of the fables presented on the compact disc. Illustrated are OF, TH, FC, TMCM, and CW with one final illustration for GA. There is also a curious cover picture of TH as gunslingers that makes me think there is even more wordplay here. Fourteen fables are in French, besides one Italian version of OF and Thornbury's English version of GA. OF features a particularly grand Ka-Blouie! In TH, the rabbit starts the race, falls in love, gets married, raises a huge family, and then notices on TV that the tortoise is nearing the finish line! This presentation has good cartoon work and good tracking of La Fontaine's approach to this fable. In FC, the crow is perched atop a seven-storey apartment building, and the fox drives by in a racy car. TMCM has the liveliest colored cartoon work! The wildest illustration work may be on CW. It features some fascinating hybrid faces and an offputting picture of a nude woman eating a mouse! The non-illustrated fables have texts offered at the back of the book. I will keep the disc in the cardboard case that forms the covers for the book.
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