Tree of Love: Songs of Our Ancestors (Vol. 3)

A comic review article by: Jason Sacks
Tree of Love is volume three of Patrick Atangan's series of graphic novels adapting folktales from around the world. This volume adapts an Indian story of love and loss, about a prince who falls in love with a peasant girl, a flower peddler who is able to change into a tree. The prince loses the girl, only to find her much later. The story is told in one panel per page, 48 panels in all, telling the story in a way that evokes Indian art and fashion.

This is an interesting book. The background of each page is a colorful geometric pattern, much like wallpaper, and it looks very nice. The art in each panel is very attractive in its classical way, which gives the reader a real feel for the story. This is a well presented and interesting book if you care for the subject matter, but for anyone who doesn't have a passing interest in the legend, there's just not a lot here. More to the point, this book seems awfully slight at $12.95 for 48 pages, even in a nice hardcover volume. Maybe there's a market out there that I'm not aware of, but to me, it's hard to justify the price point for this book.

If you are in the market for a volume of Indian folklore and don't mind the price, this is the book for you.

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