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Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli

Asterios Polyp (2009)

by David Mazzucchelli

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There is a scene in this book where the main character says to his artist wife that her work is really strong, which she is obviously happy about. He then spoils everything by imposing his own critical vision on the work and thus moving the spotlight onto his own intelligence and away from her achievement. And that is how I feel about this review - there is nothing I can say that would be more intelligent than this stunning book and any attempt at comment would end up as self-promotion anyway.

Read and enjoy.
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  MartynChuzz | Feb 22, 2016 |
This book has some graphic designs that speaks tons that words couldn't. Asterios' life told through lines and drawings. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
Really excellent, with beautiful art. It would have had five stars if it wasn't another White-Guy-Fuck-Up story, but at least it took that and did it real well. ( )
  lunaluxor | Oct 29, 2015 |

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  Ritinha_ | Aug 26, 2015 |
This is the first graphic novel that I've read in quite a while. The artwork is what impressed me most in this book. The story is good as told through the words of the characters, but there are so many subtleties portrayed through the artwork. It is the story of Asterios Polyp, a middle aged man in crisis. The story flashes back to his earlier life, giving an in picture of how Asterios has gotten to his current place in life. The story is interspersed with philosophical musings and reflections on the meaning of human experience.

I couldn't decide between four stars and five, but it is definitely worth a read. ( )
  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
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LJ Best Graphic Novels 2009: In a masterfully visual relationship drama, Mazzucchelli uses colors, shapes, motifs, graphic techniques, and art styles in inventive ways to drive home the story of an award-winning but name-only architect who painfully rebuilds his own life after he loses home and marriage.
It’s a shame that such an artistically accomplished work doesn’t have a story of the same high quality.
If Mazzucchelli wasn't already considered one of the greatest living cartoonists, he probably should be now. This is a work that demands to be read, re-read, analyzed, and discussed. It's a great example of something that could only be done in comics. The medium is certainly richer for its existence.
This is a book that stands with works by Updike, Roth, and other giants of American literature. It is undoubtedly one of the best novels of the year.
added by stephmo | editThe Stranger, Paul Constant (Aug 25, 2009)
“Asterios Polyp,” which took a decade for Mr. Mazzucchelli to complete, has been well worth the wait. Its ambition jump-starts the future of the graphic novel.

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The triumphant return of one of comics’ greatest talents, with an engrossing story of one man’s search for love, meaning, sanity, and perfect architectural proportions. An epic story long awaited, and well worth the wait.

Meet Asterios Polyp: middle-aged, meagerly successful architect and teacher, aesthete and womanizer, whose life is wholly upended when his New York City apartment goes up in flames. In a tenacious daze, he leaves the city and relocates to a small town in the American heartland. But what is this “escape” really about?

As the story unfolds, moving between the present and the past, we begin to understand this confounding yet fascinating character, and how he’s gotten to where he is. And isn’t. And we meet Hana: a sweet, smart, first-generation Japanese American artist with whom he had made a blissful life. But now she’s gone. Did Asterios do something to drive her away? What has happened to her? Is she even alive? All the questions will be answered, eventually.

In the meantime, we are enthralled by Mazzucchelli’s extraordinarily imagined world of brilliantly conceived eccentrics, sharply observed social mores, and deftly depicted asides on everything from design theory to the nature of human perception.

Asterios Polyp
is David Mazzucchelli’s masterpiece: a great American graphic novel.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:03 -0400)

Asterios Polyp, its arrogant, prickly protagonist, is an award-winning architect who's never built an actual building, and a pedant in the midst of a spiritual crisis. After the structure of his own life falls apart, he runs away to try to rebuild it into something new.… (more)

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