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Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
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Asterios Polyp (2009)

by David Mazzucchelli

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This gorgeously designed graphic novel unfolds like literary origami, following a lovably pompous art snob through love, failure, comeuppance, and redemption. It's sharply observant, acidly funny, yet still humane and bursting with bold colors and sweeping lines. Imagine something like a Paul Auster novel filtered through the dynamic visuals of Chris Ware. ( )
  Chamblyman | May 20, 2018 |
This gorgeously designed graphic novel unfolds like literary origami, following a lovably pompous art snob through love, failure, comeuppance, and redemption. It's sharply observant, acidly funny, yet still humane and bursting with bold colors and sweeping lines. Imagine something like a Paul Auster novel filtered through the dynamic visuals of Chris Ware. ( )
  Chamblyman | May 19, 2018 |
I don't know.... I just kinda.... LOVED it. Absolutely. ( )
  UDT | May 1, 2018 |
Deep, surreal and creatively illustrated and organized ( )
  aborham | Nov 26, 2017 |
Acclaimed artist David Mazzucchelli ([b:City of Glass|431|The New York Trilogy|Paul Auster|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1156917386s/431.jpg|2343071], [b:Batman: Year One|59980|Batman Year One|Frank Miller|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170537597s/59980.jpg|2501570]), who for the past 15 years produced shorter work for various publishers including The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Fantagraphics, and HarperCollins, returns to novel-length work with his first solo book endeavor Asterios Polyp. Mazzucchelli tracks the life of the titular character, a renowned "paper architect" and university professor. Beginning on his fiftieth birthday, this lush non-linear graphic novel follows his surreal life through a failed marriage, dashed hopes, and a bizarre road trip. Even through all this strangeness, the diverse characters of Asterios Polyp ground the book in a semblance of reality. Mazzucchelli masterfully and beautifully manipulates the comic book form to create the best graphic novel of the year. ( )
  rickklaw | Oct 13, 2017 |
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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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