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Karluk Eyhon dan Amira Hargal adalah pasangan suami istri dengan usia terpaut delapan tahun (Amira 20 tahun dan Karluk 12 tahun). Setelah menikah mereka tinggal bersama dengan Keluarga Karluk.Hubungan keduanya pun berjalan dengan baik. Namun, ketenangan mereka kemudian terusik oleh kedatangan kakak serta sepupu Amira yang berniat membawanya pulang. Apa yang sebenarnya terjKarluk Eyhon dan Amira Hargal adalah pasangan suami istri dengan usia terpaut delapan tahun (Amira 20 tahun dan Karluk 12 tahun). Setelah menikah mereka tinggal bersama dengan Keluarga Karluk.Hubungan keduanya pun berjalan dengan baik. Namun, ketenangan mereka kemudian terusik oleh kedatangan kakak serta sepupu Amira yang berniat membawanya pulang. Apa yang sebenarnya terjadi!?...

Title : The Bride's Stories Vol. 1
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ISBN : 9786020000756
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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The Bride's Stories Vol. 1 Reviews

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-06-17 02:18

    Ending on a cliffhanger is a fantastic marketing technique, especially since it amplifies the reader’s excitement for the next book.But if I did not have the second volume in my possession right now, I would be so darn mad at A Bride’s Story, or more precisely at Kaoru Mori, the author, for doing this to me. This is quite different from other manga stories I have read in the past. For starters, it does not focus on the romantic relationship between the two main characters. Moreover, It does not focus on action, adventure or fantasy elements.Instead, it illustrates the clash of two cultures and the beginnings of a union. Amir is a twenty-year-old bride who marries a twelve-year-old boy of a tribe different from hers. The two have varied customs and behaviours. But although Amir is intimidated at first, she is set on finding her place among her new family.Except, her former family wants her back. The visuals are absolutely stunning. I could not find a single flaw there. Everything is so detailed, from the landscape to the houses to the delicate embroidery on the women and men’s clothes. There is much to be admired.Most of all, I loved Amir. She is reasonably obedient, meaning that she will not comply with orders that go against her personal values, even if others do not agree with them. She is strong and proves herself to be resourceful. Eager to read more.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  • Seth T.
    2019-06-19 02:22

    I have a wary appreciation for guides. Especially when visiting unfamiliar lands, having someone to help facilitate one's journey into the unknown can be a blessing. When I was wandering around Europe in the mid-Aughts, the cities in which I had friends waiting were comfortable stays. When things went awry—as they inevitably would—having a native's sturdy hand to navigate the unknown kept me from a great deal of unpleasantness in my journeys. And ready access to someone who could ease the cultural tensions between myself and those who didn't grow up in my precise formative circumstances was invaluable.The trade-off, of course, is adventure. Not all adventure—as one can still seek adventure in the partially-known—but a substantial amount of it. In my same European excursion, I came to several cities (Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, and Amsterdam) where I had no contact to contact, no guide to call upon. My experiences in these stops were far more varied and exciting; some left warmly cherished memories while others left impressions I'd as soon forget. In Budapest, I visited a zoological gardens, spent a day at the national art museum, visited a bathhouse, went dancing with strangers, almost got stabbed in a hostel, and pooped my pants while taking a lady to dinner. It was glorious. In Berlin, I got very lost, huddled cold on the floor of a train station, walked in on a crowd of soccer hooligans knee-deep in some rivalry-driven fight, and was generally just scared and tired. Not so glorious. Still, for all that, I'm still a fan of the idea of adventure.Mostly. As I've grown older, I've come to appreciate convenience a bit more. My back's not so good at supporting a full backpack for hours and hours. Sleeping on floors no longer sounds remotely fun. I spend so much of my day-to-day life worrying about what to do and when and how—kind of the last thing I want my excursions to be marked by is that kind of struggle. So when I say I'm happy to have Kaoru Mori serve as my guide into the history, locales, and culture of the 19th century Caspian region, I hope you'll understand and indulge my weakness. If it helps, she proves an able and inexhaustible docent.In A Bride's Story Mori deposits the reader leagues away from the British romance of manners she crafted in Emma, instead exploring rural and nomadic life along the Western track of the Silk Road during the Great Game era. Mori has so far focused her attention specifically in what is probably northern Kazakhstan, near the expanding Russian border. The culture she describes is rich in a heritage and practice that will be largely unfamiliar to the average American reader. This is a land of yurts, shepherds, big families, khanates, delicate carvings, intricate weavings, and ornate embroideries. Much of A Bride's Story serves as educational documentary, explaining carefully the importance of these facets of the peoples the story concerns—and it's a mark of Mori's talents that these lessons are never dull. The story, while pausing its plot elements for a description of tribal politics or the importance of rug-hanging, is built and embellished and given life through these brief excursions.The most obvious of the more unique aspects of the culture Mori explores in A Bride's Story is this people's tradition for youthful marriages. The author explains in her endnotes to the first volume that the average marrying couple in the region would have been fifteen to sixteen years of age. For dramatic purposes here, she adds and subtracts four years from the average for her principle couple—though in a subversion of the trope, the bride is twenty and the groom only twelve. This creates numerous opportunities for thoughtful consideration of how different cultures might deal with the man/woman dynamic—as well as plenty of related awkwardness for both reader and characters alike. Amir, the bride, is often torn between mothering her young husband, Karluk, and approaching him like a young woman who is gradually falling in love. Further adding to the dynamism of the work is the fact that at twenty years old, Amir is viewed by her society as an old maid and there is no small concern that Karluk may have been slighted by being given a wife who will likely bear him few children. In a culture in which large families are essential to survival, gaining a wife who will produce few offspring is like buying a new car that turns out to be a lemon. Amir, therefore, is eager to please her husband and new family, which gives Mori ample opportunity to display the bride's considerable talents. Amir hunts, herds sheep, embroiders, shows a talent at horsemanship to rival any of the men in the family, and has a good decorative sense.[I could not do this, but I'm glad somebody can.]A Bride's Story offers contemporary readers a delightful opportunity to exercise the skill of reading and enjoying a text without finding moral agreement with the circumstances, actions, or particulars of its protagonists. For this reason, A Bride's Story may even be desirable to get into the hands of younger readers (despite some occasional nudity) if for no other purpose than to promote this critical ability at an early age. Mori makes this an elementary text for this kind of exercise. Almost no American reader will approach the text thinking it good or appropriate that a grown woman should marry a boy who is only straddling the boundary between childhood and puberty—yet that is the circumstance this culture forces on its two very winning protagonists. Further, the reversal of the autumn-spring relationship trope presents opportunities to consider the contemporary sexual politic. As well, it's interesting to see a situation in which a clearly competent, intelligent, and mature woman should still be ultimately under the authority of a child (a kind child who evidently cares deeply for his new charge, but nonetheless...).As with Emma, Mori crafts an exciting story that keeps a reader's interest—even while she explores all kinds of cultural nooks, crannies, etc.—but so far, the real star of the show is her artwork. Mori seems to have matured since Emma and her designs and layouts carry more interest. Atop that, she commits the biggest personal sin a cartoonist can. A Bride's Story is, in every page, filled with highly detailed and ornamented clothing. The kind of stuff that looks ridiculously cool on a cover or poster, but isn't the kind of thing anyone would want to draw over and over and over again. It would take me probably a day to draw a single panel that featured one of Amir's dresses. Or a rug. Or some throwaway eaxmple of embroidery. She makes American artists who can't keep a schedule seem like a sad, tawdry bunch. The truth is, I think she's probably a bit insane. Her art is that detailed and beautiful. People like to talk about Craig Thompson's ornamentation in Habibi. I think he did some amazing stuff in there and I still think he comes of as lazy compared to what's on display in an average chapter of A Bride's Story (no offense, man!). Actually, I'm aware that many manga artists employ a team in order to meet their deadlines and I desperately hope that Mori does the same. For her sake. For the sake of other artist's egos. For the sake of my ego. I think that highly of her work here.Earlier, I mentioned that I was happy to have Kaoru Mori as my guide in the foreign world of the 19th century Caspian region. My ignorance of the region and its history is complete. I know less about the 19th century Silk Road than I know about nearly every other place and time ever. I am, in other words, a complete foreigner. Mori has my whole trust and I have no idea how deeply she is embellishing or romanticizing the culture. She could actually be lying outright and I wouldn't know. The entire premise could be built on fantasy or sci-fi. But it doesn't matter, not to me. Mori's vision is so splendidly realized that the reality of it doesn't matter at all, not to me. I've been introduced to a world that, in any case, no longer exists (I presume) and I am wholly invested in that world. It's strange and frightening and exuberant. Despite the fact that I am being ably escorted through the region by a steady hand, the entire experience effuses a sense of adventure. And really, what better thing could be said for a book? ___________________[Review courtesy of Good Ok Bad]

  • Anya
    2019-06-25 21:24

    Read till Chapter 61I had honestly decided to forgo reviewing Otoyomegatari because anything I would write could in no way faithfully reflect what I feel about this manga series or how much I adore Mori sensei.I was introduced to the works of Kaoru Mori back in 2006 through Animax when I watched Emma: A Victorian Romance for the first time. I was 12; innocently fascinated with anime and a budding Anglophile. To me, Emma was the perfect amalgamation of things I loved the most- history, anime, and tender (I shuddered with embarrassment just writing this word >.<) romance. I just love it when boys in love get awkward; it's so cute! I have tried for years to get into manga but due to lack of resources and my stupid uncoordinated brain (you wouldn't believe how much grief right to left reading has given me. I always ended up confused.) I failed miserably time and again.Then this winter, my younger brother came home from college and off-handedly told me how he had guzzled Naruto in a week (WHAAAAA O.o), fangirled all over Onepunch Man and very nonchalantly (again) mentioned how he was learning Japanese. (WHAAAAA O.o) Cue intense admiration tinged with jealousy.As a language whore and lover of Japanese art, I was incredibly envious (in a good way, of course; I love my otouto chan to bits) so I was all screw it, I'll give it a try and picked up Emma. I FUCKING BLAZED THROUGH IT.In the last two months, I have been going at manga with a vengeance. So much so that it has ruined my reading list beyond repair. I had years worth of catching up to do, after all. And this week I finally, (FINALLY!) got to Otoyomegatari (or The Bride's Story as translated in English).The Bride's Story chronicles the everyday lives of different people living in the cold Turkic Central part of Asia in the 19th century. At its main focus is Amira, a 20-year-old girl who leaves her home to become the bride of a boy 8 years younger than her. Truthfully, at first, I was a bit apprehensive because I didn't want it to be a reverse Lolicon sort of thing or worse, a fetishism of the culture. But then again, it is Kaoru Mori we are talking about and in my eyes, she is a goddess. It's touching how beautifully Mori sensei has rendered the lives of the tribes of Central Asia. I could feel the warmth seeping through the pages- how closely knit the communities were, how bravely they battled the cold climate and hardships of life with a smile on their faces (to quote my mum). I could feel the love they had for each other.And then there was Amira, trying to fit in a distant land and earnestly trying to please her in-laws. And amidst of it all, slowly falling in love with her young husband. Like Amira, I found myself wishing him to grow up a little faster.Around April last year, I read Thompson's Habibi and remember thinking that the artwork was the most gorgeous thing I had ever seen in my whole life. While I still think that it's epically beautiful, Kaoru Mori easily takes the first spot. Her artwork is GLORIOUS. Her artwork is so detailed and a sumptuous feast for the eyes. I mean, just look at this.Honestly, though, The Bride's Story is a patchwork blanket of the tales of various women living in the Central Asia (all heartwarming and sweet in their own regard). And as an unrepentant fangirl, I am shoving this glorious gem of a manga in the hands of anyone who would pay me heed. First in line, my mum. She's loving it so far.Oh, and Karluk? Please grow up faster, your bride is falling in love with you.

  • Carol
    2019-05-29 23:29

    The art is magnificent. The story so-so.

  • usagi ☆ミ
    2019-06-09 21:21

    I’ve been keeping up with this series since it started serialization in Japan back in 2008. For those of you into the manga/anime genres, you’ll know the author’s previous work (“Emma”), which takes place in Victorian England. This new historical slice-of-life story takes place several centuries earlier in central Asia, in what’s hinted near Mongolia. Her talent for storytelling of worlds past has only grown since then. Yen Press brings it to us with perfection (not to mention excellent packaging) for all to see.I think what I love about Mori’s style the most is that she does things slowly. It’s frustrating when you want to read the next chapter of the story (it’s a monthly serialization in Japan), and so collected volumes come out once or twice a year, if at that. When it’s not on hiatus, that is. Anyway, you can feel the slowness of how things were back then in her stories, how life progressed from minute to minute, day to day instead of how it is now with constant connection and digitalization (not that that’s a bad thing, but I think you understand what I mean). You can practically taste the food cooked by the characters, the cloth woven by its women, the smoke from the pipes of the men. You can’t do that with a lot of author/illustrator combinations right now in the manga market, precisely because they would rather rush (or their publishers would).Yen Press really did Mori a solid here and put the first printing of this volume into a lovely, glossy hardback edition for North America. Seriously. I liked them before, and now I love them for doing this. Very high-quality ink and pages used, nothing scrimped or cheapened for Mori’s work. And to be honest, as this work definitely tops “Emma” in its broadness within a tiny piece of history/land, it really deserves everything Yen Press did to market this first volume. It makes the original Japanese paperback version look crappy.Amira’s story is told in a seemingly traditional fashion, with her being the arranged bride of a young man from another tribe. However, knowing that arranged marriages (even in Japan) really aren’t as popular as they used to be, she used it to show how a couple meets and starts to fall for each other – even if the age difference is as big as it is here. You have the traditional suspicious family members on the groom’s side, but Amira’s honesty and vivacity (along with respect for her elders) quickly charms them into complacency. So complacent that when her father and brothers come back for her, her new family defends her as if she’d been born as one of their own.Mori obviously did research on the area and the time that she used in this story – you can tell with each pen scratch, ink stroke, and expression with the characters. Not to mention the scenery, which feels like looking at an old black-and-white panoramic picture, an old film. Her work is that beautiful, and refreshing just because of all of these qualities that the manga market in Japan has started to lose within the last ten years or so. She sticks to her guns, knowing that the tortoise will win the race over the rabbit and would rather quality in her story over releasing five or more volumes a year. And I admire her for that.If you’re looking for a relatable, warm historical slice-of-life without too much suffocating romance, choose “A Bride’s Story”. The next volume should be due out in North America in October or November, though no word on whether or not it too will get the hardback treatment. Let’s hope it does.(posted to librarything, shelfari, goodreads, and witchoftheatregoing.wordpress.com)

  • Gusfina
    2019-05-29 01:23

    --- The Bride's Stories 1-? ---Plot: SUPERB!Gambar: SUPERB!Penokohan: Saya menyukai nyaris semua tokoh^^Komik ini termasuk komik yang... tidak mungkin saya TIDAK koleksi. (・∀・)Bagaimana tidak? Gambarnya terlalu indah untuk dilewatkan //// . Arsiran sulamannya yang detail, garis gambar Mori sensei yang kuat bertenaga tapi tidak berlebihan, keindahan lingkungan sekitarnya, kuatnya tradisi yang digambarkan dan tokoh-tokohnya pun lovable.Kemudian yang paling utama... plot ceritanya terlalu bagus untuk tidak disimak //seriusan //mungkin //uhuk.Lihat gambar itu! Lihat! Pandangilah keindahan itu! Segala yang jelek yang kamu rasakan, hanya karena kamera saya. Aslinya jaaaaauuuuuhhhh lebih marvelouso ❤️!Berawal dari membaca ilegal sampai akhirnya bela-belain mengoleksi semua sampai volume yang sekarang telah terbit... ^^ Komik ini adalah salah satu dari sekian banyak komik yang saya beli setelah baca.Kurasa tidak ada kata yang benar-benar cocok untuk komik ini. "Bagus" tidak menggambarkan komik ini. Komik ini sangat bagus! Lebih bagus dari sangat bagus! Gambarnya detail, konfliknya yang bikin greget, taburan komedi dan taburan ekspresi yang indah dan realistis. Sayangnya, komik ini sepertinya agak underrated di Indonesia. Bahkan teman saya; yang notabene kolektor komik (apalagi karya Mori sensei macam Emma dan Shirley), bahkan tidak tahu menahu dengan komik ini! Sayang sekali, mengingat bobot isi The Bride's Stories yang harusnya tidak kalah dengan Emma. Tapi tenang, bukan saya namanya kalau gagal mengompor. Mwahahahaha!! “ψ(`∇´)ψ//pruck!Ya, buku ini benar-benar "cangkir komikku" dan kurasa... bisa menjadi cangkir komik siapapun yang membacanya :DD Don't mind the age gap tho![10/10]

  • Liz
    2019-06-05 22:37

    Oh. My. God. Just...OMFG. The artwork in this is...I have no words. Nothing good enough, anyway. Sumptuous, I think, is the closest I can come. Breathtaking, magnificent, awe-inspiring, they all work, but it's really something you have to see to believe. That's a phrase used a great deal, "You have to see it to believe it!" But in this case I think it's very true. The detail put into the art is simply unbelievable. The mangaka states she was fascinated with the culture of the 19th century silk road, and you can see the sheer depth of both her love for this period and the amount of research she put into it.The thing is, it's not just the detail artwork, although that will blow you away, it's also the story itself. We're introduced to a time and culture that's absolutely alien to most Westerners (and many Easterners, I'd imagine, as well). The main character, Amira, is from a different tribe and just as much of a stranger as we are, so we learn along with her (and learn about her and her culture at the same time). A single panel can show so much, from bread making to table settings, to a scene showing this extended family each doing something different as they talk together, going about diverse daily routines that are so completely divorced from anything we as modern, first worlders do.This is very much a slice of life type story at first, showing how the bride and groom in an arranged marriage try to learn about and adapt to each other, as well as the bride's attempts to be helpful to her new family, to fit in even as she stands out. It's a learning experience for everyone involved, including the reader.A bit of drama and suspense does come later on when Amira's family (read: the men, because that's how things are; women are property of the men in their families) decides that they need her more as a bride to secure an alliance with another tribe and attempt to take her back. Amira's new family objects to this. The elder grandmother of the family, Balkirsh, does so vehemently. The situation is temporarily resolved, but that's the key word, temporarily, and that leaves an "edge of the seat" feeling lingering throughout. Great storytelling.I wanted to give this five stars. No, I mean I seriously wanted to give this five stars. I haven't come across a manga like this in...ever, really, and I can't say enough good things about it. I can, however, point out the three things that took away that last star. As I'm coming to find with most translated works, there's translation fail going on here. There are the usual issues such as turns of phrase and honorifics, which can be argued is just being nitpicky. However, there's the main character's name. Why on earth would they call her Amir when it's really Amira? That just makes no sense. What was the point of defeminizing a perfectly good woman's name? And there are the silly little changes, like changing Tileke's love of falcons to hawks. Why, exactly? Then there's the foreigner living with the family, Henry Smith. Who is this guy? Even after reading the manga three times I still had no idea. There's no information given about him, nothing to explain who he is or what he's doing there. There's this one strange person in the background sticking out and being utterly confusing. I had to go online to find out about him and his purpose. A major, and unusual fail in the story telling.Lastly, and as much as I really and truly hate to say it, there is a problem with the artwork. Not the detail work, oh hell no! That is superb. The problem is the characters' faces. There's a sameness going on with everyone who isn't into old age. Most of the young women look the same, with only their clothing to distinguish them, as do the young men, with only hairstyles and clothes to tell them apart. And then there are the children, who all look alike, specifically Tileke. Is there a panel where this little girl doesn't look wide-eyed and open-mouthed with extreme emotion? It's the exact same expression on her every single time, and it really gets old fast.With all three of those combined I just couldn't justify five stars, and that's a huge disappointment. The detail artwork and the main story really do deserve high praise. I'm certainly recommending this to everyone I know (as well as random strangers who look like they might have even the vaguest interest in manga and/or YA books). It's also one of the few books that I knew, not even half way through, that I'd be buying the instant I got my next paycheck. Flaws aside, it's just that good.

  • Majo
    2019-06-24 21:15

    Otoyomengatari (Bride's Stories) es una manga seinen del estilo slice of life, que cuenta con una narrativa prodigiosa, unos dibujos con lujos de detalles que narra una cultura rica y distante.La historia transcurre en Asia central (la zona de Kazajistán ) en el siglo XIX, donde una joven de las aldeas montañosas, Amira , se casa con Karluk que pertenece a una familia ganadera. Lo interesante es la diferencia de edad entre los protagonistas: Amira tiene veinte años y Karluk solo doce. Durante este primer tomo, vemos la vida en Asía, sus costumbres, sus vestimentas, trabajos y conductas sociales. Si bien hay una historia de trasfondo (view spoiler)[La familia Hergal intentando recuperar a Amira para concertar un nuevo matrimonio más provechoso para ellos.(hide spoiler)] no se le da mayor importancia por ahora. Se centra, más que nada, en Amira intentando encajar en su nueva familia (demostrándoles que puede ser una gran cazadora)y conviviendo con su nuevo marido mientras sus sentimientos van naciendo.La relación entre Amira y Karluk no es estrictamente marital, de hecho parecen más amigos que otra cosa, pero se va notando el cariño que va creciendo entre los dos. Y si bien, no hay un impedimento cultural para la unión, hay algunos que no están de acuerdo con ella. (view spoiler)[Amira es mayor que él y ya debería tener hijos. Algunos temen que, cuando Karluk tenga edad para tener descendencia, ella será demasiado mayor.(hide spoiler)] Así que, probablemente ese sea tema de debate importante, mas adelante. (view spoiler)[Aunque Karluk ya ha dejado claro, de una manera muy tierna, que a él no le interesa lo que digan los demás. (hide spoiler)] Por ahora, su historia es muy tierna y dulce, con ambos preocupándose por el otro y buscando la mutua compañía, aunque eventualmente eso tenderá a cambiar.Creo que este es un manga imprescindible y no solo por los maravillosos dibujos y la excelente narrativa, sino también por reflejar con lujos de detalles una cultura ancestral, exquisita y muy distinta a la nuestra.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Brie
    2019-06-18 01:38

    Very quickly this series has become a favorite. It's so different from anything I'd ever read.The story is set in 19th century Central Asia, near the Caspian Sea. The main character of this volume is a 20 year old woman named Amir, who is newly married to 12 year old Karluk. She is now living with his family as a wife, and has become well-loved by the family. First, the choice to make Amir so much older than Karluk was interesting to me. But you see that they have a wonderful relationship right away. Karluk is mature, but every once in a while you still see some of the kid in him. He treats Amir very well and admires her skills. Amir is a darling. She is happy in her new family and wants to be a good wife to her new husband. She adores him as well, and looks out for his safety and health. He also looks out for her. They are so sweet together, and they both have no regrets in marrying. However, you still see that they're still getting used to each other in a few ways, and their relationship continually develops.We are introduced to other characters that will gain importance through the next volumes, and the politics of marriages, nomadic life, and family connections. This volume more so sets up Amir getting used to her new household, but also introduces the conflict. At her father's demand, Amir's older brother and her cousins have come to reclaim her – but will they? ;)The characters of this series are so lovely, but what really blew me away was the quality of the art and overall story. Mori did her research extremely well. The landscapes are picturesque even in black and white. Animals and scenery are rendered precisely. But what I love the most is the attention to detail in the clothing, textiles, and patterns. They are so painstakingly well done, and panel to panel absolutely no detail is spared.If you're looking for a sweet, culturally rich manga with great characters, don't hesitate to pick this up!

  • Elizabeth A
    2019-06-20 22:23

    As a kid I was fascinated by stories of the Silk Road, so imagine my delight when I stumbled upon this Manga series set in Central Asia in the 19th century. This historical fiction graphic novel slowly reveals the culture, artifacts, and traditions of people we don't often get to read about. The story itself centers around Amir Halgal, a young woman who finds herself married to a twelve year old boy, eight years younger than herself. Over the course of this book she settles into married life, and has to deal with cultural and familial differences in a new place while surrounded by strangers. I loved so much about this book, but the art is what steals the show. Wonderfully detailed pen and ink illustrations that made me feel as if I was walking in Amir's world. I could feel the textures, taste the smells, hear the sounds, see the colors. I love Amir, and was delighted by how her new family treated her. If I have one complaint, it's that they were simply too nice and welcoming, but maybe that's just my jaded point of view. This didn't get a higher rating because I had issues with some of the pacing, and inspite of the historical setting, there is no doubt that this is Japanese Manga, and all those big eyes can get a tad annoying. That being said, I'd highly recommend this one to anyone interested in learning about a different culture, and reading about a strong woman character in a world that is oh so Patriarchal. Wonderful.

  • Dov Zeller
    2019-06-10 23:32

    I picked up this book not really expecting to like it that much, perhaps because though the first volume of Emma was very well done, I didn't find myself terribly drawn into the story. "A Bride's Story" was captivating. Kaoru Mori clearly takes great pleasure in the details of time and place -- clothing, landscapes, architecture, culture, dynamics between and among families. The art is fantastic, the details of every-day life in 18th century Asia drawn with exquisite care. And the characters are complex and have a lot of depth. It is a strange story -- a twelve year old boy taking a twenty year old bride. One in which we get to see the slow progress of intimacy between characters who do not fully understand who they are to each other or what they will become, but who are clearly trying to build a life together.

  • Kaion
    2019-06-02 21:36

    Women’s History Month, or thoughts on everyone’s favorite manga which celebrates the womanly skills of rabbit skinningMy friend just started reading A Bride's Story. She enjoyed the first two volumes, but seemed hung on that most dangerous of reader questions — "but what is the point?" The question flummoxed me a little, because what seems to make A Bride's Story so unique, and so special in the world of serialized storytelling is that the point is the point. When Kaoru Mori dedicates a chapter to women admiring the family embroidery, it's because she's interested in Central-Asian embroidery, and wants to tell you about the meanings of some of the common design elements. She doesn't need to tell you these women view embroidery as not only skill but art, that it exists as a tangible link between them and their foremothers— it's there in the beauty of her insanely detailed recreations, the reminder of how much of their lives women have threaded through their needles. When Mori dedicates a chapter to Karluk attempting to get Amir to see him as a man and not a boy, it's not because Mori feels the need to normalize a marriage that some readers might find squicky inside their own cultural context, but because, hey, what twelve-year-old boy wouldn't find the endlessly cool and badass Amir a little intimidating? In a reading culture where the expectation is that books fit into genres and different genres of books fulfill different specific needs, like readers are some sort of Sims that may require +3 feels (romance novel) +5 smarts (overpraised metafictional novel) and +7 thrills (MURDER), I suppose it *is* something notable where Mori can get away with lavishing equal attention on bread decorating and town sieges. For me at least, it seems clear that Mori's intentions have always been delivering a portrait of the 18th century Near East that is not merely historical but quasi-ethnographic— in a form that combines her skill in observing the smallness of human nature against the largeness of human history, and her interest in the lives of women in the societies that bore them.If there is a genre that A Bride's Story is often comfortably slotted into, it is "slice-of-life", a label which amuses me a little, because it only seems to me to describe the whole intention of art itself. The world in a grain of sand, or perhaps more appropriately, a sheep.Also, for all the costume porn. And the food. The funnies. And awesome ladies being awesome (grandma on her goat!). Occasionally naked awesome ladies being awesome. Mori clearly has MANY RELEVANT INTERESTS, okay? Rating: 4 stars

  • Sesana
    2019-06-25 01:19

    What initially brought me to this manga was the beautiful cover art. Isn't it lovely? I was also intrigued because the character's costume looked distinctly central Asian to me, not exactly a typical manga setting. I'm very pleased to report that the art is every bit as beautiful on the inside as on the cover. Some of the panels are so intricately detailed that I just stared at them.The story itself is fairly quiet, slice of life stuff. It's the 19th century, and 20 year old Amir has just entered into an arranged marriage with a boy eight years younger than her. And from there, it's mostly just their lives. It certainly looks to me like the author's done her research. This wasn't surprising, coming from the author of Emma.

  • Sincerae
    2019-06-07 20:20

    5 stars for art and 3 for the story line. The author says in the afterword through the use of manga that she became enamored with Central Asian culture and history in high school. The story is mainly set in a town on the Caspian Sea (possibly Turkmenistan) and the characters are Turkic people. The author describes the bride, Amir, as "good with a bow," older sister-type wife," worldly wise(about chickens and rabbits and such)," "wild," "naive," "strong," "but still a young lady," and "but still a rich-girl type." The plot of the story was above average, but the dialogue and writing were just average, not bad. The art was beautiful and at times a little sentimental. A Bride's Story is a nice window for pre-teen and teens into a very different culture and time that they probably would not be taught about in school here in the states. I plan to read vol. 2 which continues and possibly ends with Amir and Karluk's story.I have to chuckle but also feel bad for the person who wrote in the copy of the book I borrowed from the library these words, "It is beleive (sic) or not an Indian anime love story." When I discovered these series I knew immediately that the characters are probably of Turkish ethnicity by looking at their attire. The location of the story is also a clue.

  • Mike
    2019-06-06 23:20

    A Bride's Story has been on my "to-read" list for quite a while. I had heard wonderful things about it and love slice of life stories in general.It didn't disappoint. This is an extremely carefully done character driven tale that depicts a situation unthinkable to modern times very accessibly. Amir is welcoming of her new life betrothed by her family to a very young future husband in another tribe and it is very interesting to watch as everyone gets used to each other. The story is well layered, with diverse personalities and customs coming into play and several external complications lying in wait. Though some will find the pace slow, for me the best part is that the story knows when to get out of it's own way and take its time to let a scene unfold properly. I've read a lot of excellent manga by a lot of talented artists, and I don't think I've ever seen anything that compares to this. The detail in the art is AMAZING. Mori fills every panel with intricate, painstakingly perfected details and patterns. Just phenomenal stuff page after page. Several scenes, including the rabbit hunting and wood carving ones, were just jaw-droppingly gorgeous.A Bride's Story is one of the best, most lovingly created stories I've ever read. The premise depicted is from another time and very alien to modern sensibilities, but it's done so well you can't help but pull for the unusual young couple.Highly recommended.

  • Christian
    2019-06-12 22:25

    Actually, books 1 & 2.Definitely many beautiful drawings (intricate embroidery, landscapes...) and rather original theme, set around Central Asia's steppes, a couple of hundred years ago, not exactly sure when.However original the setting might be, it's immediately recognizable as a Japanese manga. You get the usual cheap tricks like fan service (view spoiler)[ Boobs. Don't have anything against them and it was kind of artistic, but it still felt like a trick shot to me (hide spoiler)]. There's a character, Mr. Smith, who is supposed to be an English researcher, but seems completely out of place. It feels like he's a time traveler from today. Kind of like those Japanese celebrities in the bottom corner of TV shows. Also, no one dies... all the arrows hit something else etc. Right...Most of the actual plot happens in a few long dialogues, while the rest is dedicated to show, in details, how Amiru shoots a rabbit for instance. I don't think it's bad to focus on a few representative details, but maybe it was a bit overdone? Why not focus more on story elements? Other scenes were very well thought of, it was kind of a mixed bag IMO.So all in all, Kaoru Mori didn't really manage to make me feel like I'm in those steppes, by sticking too much on typical "Japanese manga" elements and by not sticking with the serious her story deserves. Nonetheless, many panels were fun to take a long look at, so many details!

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-06-03 01:11

    Historical manga set in the 19th century, along the Silk Road, where brides like the one who is focused on here are typically married by 12-13. We get personal stories situated in historical context, of course, and a close look at cultural artifacts and traditions. Strong girl (and other girls, and sometimes women) focus from this author, who also provides afterwords to explain her process, talk to readers... Often very beautifully drawn. Very good stuff for looking at, among other things, the practice of marriage, dowries, etc in this setting, and the emergence of something like a strong female identity amidst a culturally enforced oppression of females. Pretty cool.

  • Mehsi
    2019-06-02 01:17

    The day to day life of Amira and the boy she had to marry. All about his family (her new family), their life together, and more.I read a chapter of this one a few months ago and instantly fell in love with the art, with the characters, with the setting. Then again, I shouldn't have been surprised, I just adore Kaoru Mori's manga. :) And then for my birthday I got this volume so I could finally read it entirely.This was just a stunning manga about an arranged marriage between a girl and a boy. I just loved seeing their families, their cultures. How Amira stood out from her new family, but also quickly was accepted into the family (which was proven later even more when Amira's old clan came to pick her up again and the new clan wasn't about to let her go). In the end it was as if she had been with that clan for ages instead of the short time. She taught them new things from her culture, and they taught her how things worked at their clan/culture. Amira was a fabulous character. She is strong, not afraid to try things, caring, sweet, and I just loved her instantly. She is quite reserved throughout the book, but at times she shows a whole other side which I really liked to see. Karluk? It took me a bit to get used to him, but later on I found him quite a nice boy. Who really cares about his wife (as seen when he just hops on a horse to go find her). Plus he isn't afraid to try out the new foods that she knows so well, but he has never heard of. I can imagine it must have been a bit strange for him to get a wife so early in his life. I also like that we not only see Amira/Karluk's clan, but also saw them travel to Karluk's uncle's clan (and it took them quite a bit to find them as they move around). I really love seeing the world these people live in and I hope that we will see more of it in the next volume.Sure, I felt weirded out at times given that Amira is 20 and her husband Karluk is 12. I get that it is probably very normal for their culture (well, ish, given the reaction of Amira's clan later on), but I just felt a bit weird about it all. Though at times I also did think it was very cute, they did seem to match together very well. Plus, this is an arranged marriage, but it seems that they both didn't mind and both seemed very happy to be together. I had expected some more struggles, especially given the age of Karluk, but he seems very mature about everything (though I laughed a lot when Amira went naked or pulled off most of her clothes and his reaction to it). Especially later on I was just awwwing at how adorable they were. Amira was so protective and caring when Karluk got sick. Aww!The art is just absolutely gorgeous, the details are stunning, and at times I just couldn't stop looking at the pages. <3 All in all, I would highly recommend this book. You will be stunned and amazed and just adore the characters! I will definitely be buying the next volume (and maybe another one) soon. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  • Allie
    2019-05-28 00:40

    Absolutely gorgeous artwork.

  • Courtney
    2019-06-03 01:30

    I really like the art style, and so far it has an interesting storyline. Mori, the author, obviously put a lot of effort into the research behind the story. And especially into the art work - all of the costumes, especially the women's are very detailed and elaborate. A bit silly - my favourite thing out of the artwork is the way the author draws the lambs - they're so cute! haha... It's about a girl named Amir (20) whose family arranges for her to marry a young boy named Karluk (12). It's all about her adapting to life with her new family, and them getting used to her as well! Her new family lives mostly in town, and she is used to living a nomadic lifestyle part of the year, so it's quite an adjustment. It's really interesting seeing the different culture.The different culture makes it a bit hard to guess when teh book is placed though! It seems almost like it could be a historical novel about the region, but one of the characters is a young man named Smith who lives with the family, studying the local culture. I'd guess his inclusion and the way he dresses would date the story in the 1940s at the earliest, possibly after. He mostly just wears dress shirts and slacks, though, so it could be based earlier - I just can't view a victorian-era character who is a scholar dressing that casually.

  • Ivon
    2019-05-27 21:35

    (view spoiler)[Mbak Kaoru Mori, ajarin teknik menggambar bordiran anda dong ... #ihik3 #plakh (hide spoiler)]ehem,setelah diingat2 dan dibaca ulang kedua kalinya, ak baru sadar klo setting cerita manga ini enggak jelas di mana. memang di Asia Tengah, tapi di mana? :vuntunglah pada volume tiga, ada adegan berupa peta yang dibuka oleh Pak Smith dan Ali untuk menentukan arah perjalanan mereka selanjutnya. dan setelah membandingkan peta itu dengan peta sungguhan ... aku mengambil kesimpulan sementara, bahwa tempat tinggal Amira Hargal dan keluarganya -dalam kata lain, latar budaya manga ini- berada di sekitar Uzbekistan. (yang ibukotanya Samarqand). ((Bartimaeus & the Amulet of Samarkand)). (((kebetulan2 kecil seperti inilah yang membuat hidup terasa tidak terlalu monoton))).#gajelas#nb: dan terjemahannya sangat pas~

  • Jaclyn
    2019-06-11 04:20

    I am fascinated by Central Asia so I had to pick up this manga about an accomplished girl who becomes the bride to a younger boy in 19th century Central Asia. The art is gorgeous, with amazing detail of clothes, rugs, jewelry and the world around the characters. The story is cute and engaging. It didn't suck me in 100% but most manga take a few volumes to get rolling anyway.

  • Tokio Myers
    2019-06-13 00:12

    Some of the best art work I have ever seen in manga. The story is a slice of life of ancient china following a husband and wife so nothing to extreme, but daaammmmeee that detail in the backgrounds/clothing is worth the read.

  • Nadine Tewaditep
    2019-06-22 00:35

    เจ้าสาวแห่งทางสายไหม Otoyomegatari เรื่อง/ภาพ Kaoru Mori สนพ. สยาม อินเตอร์ คอมมิคส์เรื่องราวโรแมนติก Slice of Life ของชนเผ่าเร่ร่อนตามเส้นทางสายไหมช่วงศตวรรษที่ 19 ครอบคลุมดินแดนตั้งแต่มองโกเลียจรดตุรกี (ผ่านโซนเปอร์เซีย คาซัคสถาน อุซเบกิสถาน อิหร่าน) ชมเรื่องราววิถีชีวิต ความสัมพันธ์อันดีของผู้คนกับชุมชนบนดินแดนตลอดแนวเส้นทางสายไหม ตื่นตาตื่นใจไปกับประเพณี วัฒนธรรมเครื่องแต่งกาย อาหาร การเย็บปักถักร้อย การถนอมอาหาร การใช้ชีวิตหลากหลายอาชีพทั้งในฐานะชนเผ่าเร่ร่อน พ่อค้าในตลาด และคนเลี้ยงสัตว์กับทุ่งหญ้าลายเส้นในเรื่องสวยงามประณีต เป็นเรื่องราวที่เหมือนเราหลุดเข้าไปอยู๋ในเหตุการณ์ด้วย ให้ความรู้สึกเนิบช้าสบายๆ เหมือนได้ไปเที่ยวชมสถานที่และเหตุการณ์ในดินแดนแปลกใหม่ไม่ซ้ำใคร เนื้อเรื่องเป็นแนวฟีลกู้ด เล่าเรื่องไปทีละวงความสัมพันธ์ วนไปเรื่อยๆ ว่าจะเล่าจากคนไหน ไม่มีจุดพีคจุดใดจุดหนึ่ง แต่ก็ไม่ได้จบในตอน ใครชอบการ์ตูนที่วาดรูปสวยๆ ไม่ควรพลาดค่ะ ระดับความงามของภาพคือที่สุดของที่สุดค่ะเรื่องนี้ตัวละครผู้หญิงสวยทุกตัวค่ะ อามีร่า(ตัวเอกฝ่ายหญิง) ทาลัส หนูแฝด สวยกันไปคนละแนวเลยค่ะ นิสัยก็ต่างกันไปคนละขั้วด้วยถ้าชอบแนวหนุ่มหล่อ พี่ชายของอามีร่าคือฮอตมากค่ะถ้าชอบแนวโชตะ คาร์ลุค(ตัวเอกฝ่ายชาย) ก็น่ารักดี พี่น้องซามกับซามี่ก็น่ารักนะคะถ้าชอบแนวหนุ่มแว่นเนิร์ด มีคุณสมิธค่ะ เป็นนักวิจัยจากอังกฤษ ดูเป๋อเหรอนิดหน่อย แต่นิสัยดีค่ะถ้าชอบเด็กน้อยน่ารัก น้องๆ ของคาร์ลุคหลายคนแก้มนุ่มน่าจับมากค่ะถ้าชอบแนวสัตว์โลกเพื่อนรัก เรื่องนี้มีสัตว์ทุกชนิดที่จะพบได้ตามที่ราบสูงบนเส้นทางสายไหมค่ะ ทั้งเหยี่ยว แกะ แพะภูเขา ไก่ฟ้า ม้า กระต่าย จิ้งจอก หมาป่า ฯลฯถ้าชอบแนวคนแก่แต่เจ๋ง คุณตาคุณยายแต่ละคนในเรื่องแก่แต่เผ็ดจริงๆ ค่ะ พลังชีวิตล้นเหลือมากเลยอ่านรอบนี้ ๖ เล่มรวด แปลไทยยังไม่จบ ที่ญี่ปุ่นก็ยังไม่จบเช่นกัน ณ 2017"เจ้าสาวทางสายไหม" เป็นการ์ตูนที่ดีมากกกกกกก... ถ้าใครชอบอารยธรรมทางแถบเอเชียกลางจะยิ่งอินไปกันใหญ่ คนเขียนเก็บรายละเอียดการใช้ชีวิตของชนเผ่าเร่ร่อนในอดีตมาได้อย่างอลังการ เนื้อเรื่องใสๆ สนุกค่ะ คนเขียนเดียวกันกับเรื่อง Emma ค่ะ เป็นที่สุดของที่สุดของ Slice of Life จริงๆป.ล. ที่ใช้ชื่อว่า "เจ้าสาว" เพราะในเรื่องมีหลายคู่ หลายเมือง หลายเผ่า ก็เลยมีเจ้าสายหลายคนค่ะ :-)

  • Alicja
    2019-06-13 22:20

    |Review in EN & FR|This first volume is an introduction to the characters, their customs and story. I absolutely loved the drawings and the finely crafted details of each of their outfits! There aren't many twists, we follow the arrival of the young wife to her (even more) young husband and their relationship is very tender. It's a relaxing read and I look forward to the next volume!+ : amazing drawings, charming characters, zen story- : /-------Ce premier tome sert d'introduction aux personnages, à leurs coutumes et histoire. J'ai adoré la richesse des dessins et les détails finement ciselés de chacune de leur tenues ! Il n'y a pas beaucoup de rebondissements, on suit l'arrivée de la jeune épouse auprès de son (encore plus) jeune mari et leur relation est très tendre. C'est une lecture relaxante et il me tarde de connaître la suite !+ : dessins splendides, personnages attachants, histoire zen- : /

  • Scottsdale Public Library
    2019-06-14 02:19

    This series of interconnecting stories about arranged marriages, set in Central Asia in the heyday of the Silk Road, centers around the figure of Amir Halgal – married to a young boy to cement an alliance between her nomadic hunter/herder family and his settled village. As Amir adjusts to life with her new family, she also expands their horizons with her bright attitude and hunter skills, and comes to bond with them even as her attachment to her nomadic relatives still pulls at her. The gorgeous artwork is the highlight of this series, detailing all manner of cultural dress and handicrafts as well as the common struggles and practices of the peoples living during this time-period, in a corridor stretching from Mongolia to India. - Hillary D

  • Arsenic
    2019-06-04 02:15

    On m'a prêté ce 1er tome en me disant que c'était super et que ça allait me plaire et effectivement, c'est super chouette ! Les dessins sont magnifiques, les scènes de vie sont intéressantes, on sent que c'est très documenté. L'histoire démarre lentement mais ça m'a pas dérangé. Je pense que c'est une série que j'achèterai :)

  • Myriam
    2019-05-28 01:33

    Une histoire de la vie quotidienne en Asie centrale au XIXe siècle, et des dessins magnifiques qui ont su m'enchanter, au point de le lire d'une traite.

  • Mandy
    2019-06-25 03:20

    I happened to accidentally stumble upon this series in the library, today, and grabbed the first three on impulse. I will probably end up reading all three before I go to bed, tonight. The artwork of these books alone deserve five stars; that the story is sweet and interesting just makes it that much better. Seriously, everything is so detailed that I find myself staring at each panel, trying to drink up every penstroke. If you're into manga at all, I'd recommend this one.

  • Vishakha ~ ReadingSpren ~
    2019-06-27 20:11

    Review till volume 8.Miss Kaoru Mori has a very specific quality to her story-telling. Like the incidents and anecdotes are not a product of imagination, but of observation. Like it actually happened, and she is just re-telling the tale. I have said this about only one more author: Ursula K Le Guinn (here). There is no moral message, no justifications to be given, no right and no wrong, just a series of events in this story. It's so beautiful it makes me cry happy tears. T_T The world created by Mori sensei is rich with culture and traditions of the 19th century silk route, mostly Kazakhstan (acc. to Wiki). Its 50% fiction and 50% a historical/cultural documentary.The main hero of this series is the art. I don't think words can do it justice so please just have a look here: I am sharing the link so you can see it in better resolution with all the details.http://www.bigplanetcomics.com/wp/wp-...The intricacies actually gave me a headache when I tried to notice and remember each and every little twist and turn and curve. Its mind-boggling, churning pages after pages of this quality. Its inhuman and beyond my comprehension, god-like. And Mori-san really has the hand of god. We have seen her talent in Emma, but this time she has outdone herself. The plot centres around the everyday lives and little adventures of many brides/brides-to-be and their families. The main, re-occurring bride is Amir who is 8 years older than her husband. Amir, the bride, is 20. Kalruk, the husband, is 12. I have shut my inner feminist and idealist up, because this story is beyond it and it deserves a critical objective reading, not any sort of moral policing. The average age of getting married in this region and time is 16. The village considers Amir an old maiden and feel sorry for Kalruk who won't have many children with her. But this same village accepts and loves Amir, even though she is from a different tribe. Amir and Kalruk are growing and learning and falling in love in these circumstances. Miss Mori has chosen to not delve into the horrific turnout possible in such a cultural set-up (child marriages, domestic violence, the position of the woman in a family, political marriages, women's right, dowry etc etc. although she did hint at them) and only shared stories of people who were kind and honest and good(if there is any objective definition of what is good). People who care about the women in their families and heed their wishes and opinions. I am so happy that somebody has shown that middle-eastern cultures are not just about suppressing women. The author has not discredited the existence of cruelty against women. She has just decided to show us that that is not the only thing that happens (or happened, since this is set in the 19th century). Aaaaand my inner feminist just spewed out a paragraph. oops.This manga is slice-of-life, so it deals more with the day to day life of our protagonists rather than following a central plot line. But the author has still managed to make it hard to put down. I finished 52 chapters in two days. (please note: that I had a hectic week at office where I was working in 11+ hour shifts.) It almost convinced me to get rid of my modern, full-of-technology urban lifestyle and go live in the steppes. But then I won't have easy access to books and chocolate ice-cream, so I dropped that plan. Anyhow! Kazakhstan is definitely on my bucket list now. Even though it definitely won't be the same as in the manga, but some part of the culture does manage to survive through the generations. If nothing else, I will go to taste all the food mentioned in the series.People ask me for a lot of manga recommendations and guess what I am gonna be recommending now?