For as Long as It Rains by Zviane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First Published: June 1st, 2015
Publisher: Pow Pow Press
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Graphic Novel, Erotica, Relationships, Music, Carpe diem
Two lovers elope to an isolated cabin for a romantic weekend together, knowing they’ll soon have to go back to their respective lives away from each other. An atmospheric, introspective look at modern relationships, For As Long As It Rains was awarded a Joe Shuster Award and a Bedeis Causa.
If this graphic novel taught me anything, it’s that affairs make you miserable.
I mean, I certainly don’t want to generalize or stop at one specific opinion, but the characters in this book are lost, the girl more specifically, and their affair has no future.
It’s about living in the present, seizing the day, taking the smallest pleasures given to you without guarantee there will be more… But at the same time, once this “moment” has passed, what are you truly left with? Memories, that’s all you’ll have, and the hope that the moment will come again, but will it ever?
A very atmospheric story. Not a “story” per se… more like a slice-of-life of short duration. After all, one doesn’t know how long rain lasts. Perhaps a year, or maybe a day, though certainly it is missed when the blazing sun turns us into popsicles.
The two characters are making conversation to pass the time, which usually leads to them exploring their bodies. Erotic scenes. It shows the nature of their relationship is partly sexual and partly based upon the smallest pleasures they take from conversation about anything and everything.
I wish I had understood the musical elements better, but being unable to play piano or read music, I could only behold and try to feel… but I couldn’t listen as others may be able to.
Engaging, surprising and wonderfully-illustrated.
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