This title is now available in a single hardcover volume: the legendary erotic masterpiece from Alan Moore, the visionary behind Watchmen, From Hell, and V for Vendetta!
For more than a century, Alice, Wendy, and Dorothy have been our guides through the Wonderland, Neverland, and Land of Oz of our childhoods.
Now, like us, these three lost girls have grown up and are ready to guide us again, this time through the realms of our sexual awakening and fulfillment.
Through their familiar fairytales they share with us their most intimate revelations of desire in its many forms...revelations that shine out radiantly through the dark clouds of war gathering around a luxury Austrian hotel.
Drawing on the rich heritage of erotica, "Lost Girls" is the rediscovery of the power of ecstatic writing and art in a sublime union that only the medium of comics can achieve.
Exquisite, thoughtful, and human, "Lost Girls" is a work of breathtaking scope that challenges the very notion of art fettered by convention.
This is erotic fiction at its finest.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages, chiefly col. Illustrations
- Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
- Publication Date: 29/06/2009
- Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
- ISBN: 9781603090445
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Review by TheoClarke
The erotic charge of this astonishing exploration of the sexuality of childhood fantasies seen through adult eyes is immense but it becomes relentless by the final volume and I felt as though I was being battered by an almost didactic epistemology. Perhaps I should have read it in smaller portions.
Review by ChicGeekGirl21
Lost Girls is a pornographic re-telling of some classic children's stories (Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan to be specific) by graphic novel mastermind Alan Moore. Moore's creativity is prevalent in the book--he uses the tropes of fairy tales and psychology to create a story of coming of age and sexual discovery. The result is entertaining, clever, and eventually tiresome. Lost Girls is divided into 3 books. The first book sets the tone, introducing the characters (Dorothy, Alice, and Wendy) and the setting (a decadent hotel in Vienna, Austria just days before the start of WWI--in fact, the characters reference the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand multiple times). These three women get to know each other--both in the Biblical sense, and also by telling stories from their childhoods. The second book focuses on the beginnings of these stories, which are relatively innocent; the third book focuses on the "climax" of the stories, which tend to be pretty extreme (incest, rape, BDSM).My favorite of the 3 books was the second one. The stories the women tell in this book were far more sensual than the all-out depravity of the third book (the depravity didn't offend me, per se, but it did make me cringe). Dorothy, for example, has her first sexual experiences with a farm hand who bales hay (a man of the straw, you might say...) and is sexy, but kinda dumb (no brain...get it?). Dorothy gently lets him know that she can't be with him anymore before she describes traveling down a metaphorical road of sexual discovery. Likewise, Alice's stories involve exploring sex with other girls at her boarding school. I liked the emphasis on female sexuality and sexual awakening--and how not all the sex acts involved traditional heterosexual intercourse. Despite the Sadean sexual insanity of the third book, Moore has respect for sexuality as part of one's identity--something to explore and own, rather than to be ashamed about and repress. For these reasons, the book was enjoyable, fun, and somewhat thought-provoking. But not for the faint of heart, obviously.
Review by SomewhatBent
Lost Girls Hardcover Edition (2009, 240 pp)by Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie**NSFW** Ever wonder what happened after the fairy tales? Alice is back through the looking glass, Dorothy has returned from Oz and Wendy is home from Neverland. They find themselves together in an Austrian hotel in 1913. They get acquainted, as long-term holiday residents often do, and discover that they have interests in common. As they relate the tales of their past they create shared experiences in the present.The (VERY) adult adventures of three are illustrated in styles particular to each character; Alice’s through her journal entries and ‘looking glass’ view, Dorothy’s with the wide-open perspective of Kansas farmland, Wendy’s through the tall narrow windows of Victorian England.Alan Moore (of The Watchman and V for Vendetta) and Melinda Gebbie spent 16 years in the production of Lost Girls, originally published in three graphic novel editions, now available in a single hardbound volume. The artwork is elegant, the production value extremely high and the tales engaging. There is some controversy around the volume because of the accounts of the girls’ underage sexual experiences. If that is a concern – even though it has been ruled not to be child pornography – this is not a book for you.
Review by poetontheone
Most people with any interest in this book know the mythologies that Moore is playing with, so no need to recount. I have to say that Moore assumes a tone here that is vaguely Symbolist and absolutely fitting. Gebbie's art is definitely the most fantastic thing about the work, and is unequaled in the comics medium. Every page drips with the sensuality and wildness, reminiscent of the best paintings of Gustav Klimt. People write this book off as pornography, and it is, but in the tradition of those it cites such as Sade and Pierre Louys. All taboos are exhausted here, from laudanum-drenched cunnilingus to fellatio performed on leopards to outlandish scenes of inter-generational incest, but they are also instilled with an artistic depth that cannot be discounted. Funnily enough, perhaps the most disturbing thing here is Moore's suggesting that the work's one truly lesbian character is only such because of past trauma. Aside from that one grievance, this graphic novel embodies in every way the genre of "fantasy," straining into it depths and against its edges. This is a remarkable, though challenging, piece of erotic art.
Review by questbird
An interesting attempt to tell a story with pornography. Three women -- re-imaginings of Alice (of Wonderland), Dorothy (of Oz) and Wendy (of Never Land) meet in a licentious Austrian hotel on the eve of the First World War and share stories (and more) of their sexual secrets and awakenings in their various 'never lands'.I found the constant frottage and sexual activity between the protaganists a bit annoying after a while. It seemed that every imaginable scenario described (and there were a lot) by one of the women was incredibly titillating to the others. This background of incessant sexual play seemed unlikely and detracted from the story for me.Some of the episodes were just silly. There was a scene with Wendy and her boring husband, who have no sex life. Although they are merely conversing distantly, their shadows appear to be engaged in sexual activity -- but only through Austin Powers-like coincidences of lighting and movement. It just didn't work.Gebbie and Moore have chosen to portray mostly consensual sexual acts (with Alice sometimes the exception) and generally ascribe little moral judgment to those acts. Rape, torture and bondage are mostly excluded. In fact it is through sex that the women are able to re-integrate their lost childhoods. Of the three, Alice is the most damaged, a child abuse victim who embraces a life of lascivious addiction and becomes (at times) an abuser herself.What I did really enjoy was Melinda Gebbie's simulation of various artists of the time, especially in the 'White Book', the lurid and blatantly pornographic tome which was in every room of Monsieur Rogeur's hotel.Overall, a very interesting experiment. Not really pornography even though it tried quite hard. Hard to classify quite what it was instead though.