Title: Scenes from an Impending Marriage: A Prenuptial Memoir
Author: Adrian Tomine
Publisher: Faber and Faber UK
Genre: Graphic Fiction
I am a great fan of Adrian Tomine’s works. From Shortcomings to Optic Nerve (his graphic magazine so to say) to Summer Blonde, I have read most of his graphic fiction and I can say without doubt that he is very good at his craft. From the drawings to the story, nothing seems out of place for the reader. So it was a pleasant experience to read his very short graphic book, “Scenes from an Impending Marriage: A Prenuptial Memoir”, tracing the trials up to his wedding day.
The book is everything about planning a wedding and feeling strange and weird and exasperated about it. It is an account of the events leading to the wedding day as experienced by both – the bride and the bridegroom together. It is barely a 54-page book and can be read in 20 minutes. I could not relate to the book as of course I am not getting married anytime soon, however it is a great read even for the single ones.
I could not help but smile throughout the book. It is funny and emotional at the same time and you need that dose once in a while to make you smile. From the problem of who to invite to the DJ playlist to the caterers, wedding invitations and about the favour present (which coincidentally was the comic that lead to this book), this book almost covers all aspects of marriage, in a funny manner.
This book is nothing like his other works, which are more angst ridden and talk about the search for someone. It is about having found that someone and planning a wedding with her or him. I am not a laugh out loud person. I do not do that while watching a funny film or reading a funny book, however I did while reading this one. Read it on a nice rainy day. It is fun.