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The Building (Will Eisner Library) (edition 2007)

by Will Eisner

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Title:The Building (Will Eisner Library)
Authors:Will Eisner
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2007), Paperback, 96 pages
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The four stories don't quite live up to Eisner's premise: that buildings are infused with "an invisible accumulation of dramas", the "residue of psychic debris" from the human interactions situated there. As Neil Gaiman put it in his forward, Eisner delves into "what is left behind when a building is torn down."

Still, the narrative structure is simple and appropriate, with the four stories from the building's past culminating in another story occurring in the present. Eisner adopts a melodramatic tone after the fashion of Twilight Zone or early comics. The fifth story isn't so much surprising as a Sigma Sum.

The line drawings and facial / body expressions are good, the mix of realism and comic-book caricature matching what I've come to associate with Golden Age comics. Solid work, I'd just hoped for something as intriguing as the premise but this title, at least, fell just short. ( )
  elenchus | May 6, 2012 |
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"Old buildings are not ours. They belong, partly to those who built them, and partly to the generations of mankind who are to follow us. The dead still have their right to them: That which they labored for ... we have no right to obliterate.

"What we ourselves have built, we are at liberty to throw down. But what other men gave their strength, and wealth and life to accomplish, their right over it does not pass away with their death."

- John Ruskin
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