Brides is an interesting series that depict life along the silk road, by culture, costume, cuisine, and practices. There are many lovely illustrations which set the mood and students could easily see themselves as part of this life. An excerpt or two would not be out of place in a history class. The artist has really done her research.
I added this after reading volume 7. The series starts innocently (volumes 1-6. There are some bloody tribal wars and conflicts. However, volume 7 contains some lovingly detailed depictions of unclothed women, bare breasts & buttocks, bathing together in a public bath house along the Silk Road. No big deal for Japanese culture where families often bathe together, but for many Americans it might be problematic. It is central to the side story line.
Mori's absolutely breathtaking artwork more than compensates for a slow-moving plot. Tender romances blossom as the history of the silk road comes to life in every panel. Mori's story-telling struggles in the first volume, but improves greatly in the later books.
It's a great book I highly recommend it to teens to read
I am a teen so ya
Not too much happens in volume one, but for now that is alright, for our time is spent learning about this family and the new bride Amir. This young lady has come a long way to marry a boy eight years younger than herself, but she quickly finds her place within the household. Everyone is kind, helpful, and accepting of traits in her that they find unusual or surprising. Her skills on horseback and with a bow are very impressive. The illustrations bring the 19th century silk road, and its cultures to life. Clothes often have such detail that we can see exquisite embroidery. This attention to little aspects like clothing, art, and architecture suggests a good amount of research was done by the author. There is a small amount of conflict near the end when Amir's brother comes to collect her, but otherwise Bride's Story is just about daily life. The content of this story is deemed mature mostly because of the situation, this is a 20 year old marrying a 12 year and our modern tastes see this as inappropriate, however beyond this their relationship appears to be fairly innocent at the moment, and there is only one quick incident of nudity. If you can look at this age gap with an academic mind, you will find Bride's Story to be charming, wonderfully rendered, and full of characters that slowly grow on you.
loved it. i loved the plot line and all the details.
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