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The format is novel in that epistolary narratives are already uncommon and this has complex design elements complementing the structure, like envelopes with letters and fronts and backs of postcards. But the art is often a bit disturbing and the story is, in the end, unconvincing. It doesn’t go very far. The characters’ selves and relationship are underdeveloped and their behaviors aren’t believable, no matter how you read the ending. I read this in a senior level college course where we are examining the craft of letter writing and epistolary narratives. But it requires no scrutiny at all to be dissatisfied with the story.
I was disappointed in the length from the beginning. I thought there was no way a book that small could have an interesting story and I was right. I did like it at first and I like a lot of the art but other than that it was a waste of money. They "fall in love" after sending a few letters back and forth. It's not gradual and it's not realistic. His "descent into madness" is him becoming depressed and denying her existence (which is pretty offensive and insulting to people with mental illnesses but I'm not going to get into that). She gets super creepy and he goes missing. That's it. That's the entire book. ಠ.ಠ There isn't even an explanation for anything. Of course the other books probably solve that problem but I'm not going to spend another $15 to read 50 more pages about characters I couldn't care less about. This book could have been great. I was excited and expected to love it and it turned out to be a huge disappointment.