Magic realist, graphic nove review: The Cigar That Fell In Love With A Pipe

The Cigar That Fell In Love With A Pipe, a graphic novel, words by David Camus, pictures by Nick Abadzis

When you see a title like The Cigar That Fell In Love With A Pipe you know you're going to read it sooner or later. Then, when you do, you find it was such an easy, flowing and short read you wonder why you hesitated.

The story takes place in the mansion of Orson Welles, who is about to break up with Rita Hayworth although he doesn't know it yet. He has just finished making a film and is sent a box of cigars as a thank you present. He loves cigars. His first impulse is to smoke his way through them. The next morning, when there are only three left, he begins to realise just how special these particular cigars are. They have been rollled by a very famous cigar roller, Conchita Marquez. Cigars rolled by her are the most prized of all the cigars in the world.

From there, we are taken into the story of Conchita, how she met a sailor, and from there to the story of the sailor, and so finally back to Orson Welles in his mansion.

It's a sweet, sad, quirky story and I can recommend it.