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Asterios Polyp By David Mazzucchelli Asterios Polyp 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 w

  • Title: Asterios Polyp
  • Author: David Mazzucchelli
  • ISBN: 9780307377326
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Asterios Polyp By David Mazzucchelli 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 CityThe 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 s, 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.
    Asterios Polyp By David Mazzucchelli

    Asterios Polyp Pantheon Graphic Library Mazzucchelli 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. Asterios Polyp Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli 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 Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli Reading Asterios Polyp is a daunting experience Or maybe not so much the reading, which can be accomplished easily enough, but the being able to speak sensibly about it afterward I feel kind of like how I did after finishing , only not quite so out of my depth.

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    1. Neil on said:

      Really beautiful, smart and heart touching story of an architecture professor who, when he is 50, learns better It ought to be a five star review, but I kept feeling like the moment the whole thing came together it would be one of the best graphic novels anyone had ever done and one of the finest stories ever told and it reached the end and left me feeling that had it all come together perhaps had it been much longer it would have been amazing, and as it was it was simply astonishingly good

    2. Seth T. on said:

      Reading Asterios Polyp is a daunting experience Or maybe not so much the reading, which can be accomplished easily enough, but the being able to speak sensibly about it afterward I feel kind of like how I did after finishing 2666, only not quite so out of my depth Like Bola o, Mazzucchelli s work here displays a breadth and depth that overtly requires multiple readings in order find ground solid enough to speak with any authority about the book But since I ve only read the book once, you ll have [...]

    3. Oriana on said:

      book 9 for Jugs Capes Also this is my second review for CCLaP, and my first in a year long series reviewing graphic novels W00t This is the first in an essay series I ll be doing for CCLaP called Jugs Capes, where I look at graphic novels from a girl s point of view I m not going to say a feminist point of view, because I think that s a complicated word, one which any thinking woman has a complicated relationship with And as I haven t got any kind of background in gender studies or feminist theo [...]

    4. MJ Nicholls on said:

      The first proper graphic novel I ve read This was such a beautiful and heartbreaking piece of work, it ll be nigh on impossible to top it It is rich in glorious meditation, comedy, irony and romance, weaving deep questions of binary opposites, architectural philosophy, life the universe and everything around a dissolving relationship story I don t have the vocab or knowledge to comment on the artwork s nuances, but the artist subtly conveys shifting moods, attitudes, histories, metaphors and so [...]

    5. Chris_P on said:

      What if reality as perceived were simply an extention of the self Wouldn t that color the way each individual experiences the world That might explain why some people get along so effortlessly, while others don t Although people do keep trying.Yet, despite such predisposition, maybe one person s construction of the world, could influence someone else s Don t we all, at some point or another, find ourselves stuck in a certain state We make friendships, fall in love, communicate in different ways, [...]

    6. Orsodimondo on said:

      LIFE IS STRESSFUL, THAT S WHY THEY SAY REST IN PEACE David Mazzucchelli ha gi una lunga carriera alle spalle anche i supereroi Marvel quando inizia a dedicarsi a questa sua prima graphic novel, per realizzare la quale impiegher dieci anni.Asterios, proprio come Elvis Presley, ha un fratello gemello morto alla nascita, Ignacio, di cui scopre l esistenza solo molti anni dopo Questa storia narrata dal gemello morto col quale Asterios tende qua e l a sovrapporsi, identificarsi, scambiarsi Da qui l o [...]

    7. Jimmy on said:

      I might have to read this one again to catch all the subtleties of the story What s amazing about this graphic novel is that it is jam packed with ideas, but most of the ideas are embedded in the art itself, and not in the words some of it is in words, but it s like a riff that plays along with the visuals At the same time, all these ideas do not in any way make it a gooey dense landscape to slodge through The book is such a pleasure to read, filled with so many wide open panels, so much white s [...]

    8. Gregsamsa on said:

      I so wish graphic novelists did what Mazzucchelli did in this one Rather than merely have the graphic element supplement the story, Asterios Polyp makes graphics a part of the theme, using it to highlight conflicts and characterize its protagonists.Asterios Polyp is a critically respected and self regarding theoretical architect, meaning that he has created some prize winning designs and plans none of which has ever been built The narrative structure is framed by the new humble life he has set [...]

    9. Jessica on said:

      I don t really understand the hype over this graphic novel I thought it was boring an educated, middle aged white man feels like his life has fallen apart so he jumps ship and tries to start over again Maybe I just found his self absorbed personality too off putting, but I didn t really feel any sympathy for him or care about his ideas about how the world works In spite of the sadness in it, it all reads like an educated, middle aged white man s fantasy Asterios Polyp is world renowned in his fi [...]

    10. James Payne on said:

      Pseudo intellectual, middlebrow regurgitation of ostensibly interesting culled dichotomies and philosophical conceptions, clunkily arranged into a narrative I mean, I do not understand how this book received the praise it did Bad, bad writing One dimensional characterizations I m not sure what age group it was written for, surely not adults It reminded me of Paul Krugman s sick burn, Newt Gingrich is a stupid man s idea of what a smart person sounds like.

    11. Lee on said:

      Wah, I said aloud when finishing this God Lovely Really great, I also said Unputdownably beautiful A blatantly philosophical, simple love story Vivid characters Funny Touching in fact, it successfully revealed the presence of my heartstrings sentimental loon I am not, but I definitely felt something pull in the vicinity of my chest region toward the end Sort of like Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid on Earth meets a way formally sophisticated The Elegance of the Hedgehog, spiked with references t [...]

    12. Tom Tabasco on said:

      Wow Just finished in one reading session this magical work of art Together with Daytripper , this is my all time favorite graphic novel I don t have much to say about it, as I don t think I have rationalized it much yet visually, it s extremely creative and exciting Rich with inventions and ideas The story reminded me of a Chinese saying Two thirds of what we see is behind our eyes , and a lot of this novel is about that crucial aspect of human existence I see this as a love story, and among man [...]

    13. Merve Eflatun on said:

      Bekledi imi tam anlam yla veren bir izgi roman Asterios Polyp yle harika detaylar var ki, ilk temas m bas l haline olmad i in z ld m Al ld k izgi roman fontunun d nda her karaktere ayr bir font verilmi ve tahminimce fontlar ben yle yapt m karakterlerin genel duru u hakk nda bir okuma, anlat ya izgilerin d nda bir portre kurulmas n sa l yor Hikaye ge i lerindeki renk kurgular , hikayenin zamansal olarak sadece karelere b l nm bir ekilde ya at lmamas da di er bir g zelli i Ana karakterin paper arc [...]

    14. David Schaafsma on said:

      One of a few genius books in graphic novels, one of the great ones And improbably, about a logical, theoretical architect To really appreciate this one, you may have to BE an artist, because much if the story is in form, color, design so I am still learning, but it is done by a superhero artist, who for years has labored in the background except he is also the Batman One guy who breaks out in his own brilliant direction You know, you have this almost completely unlikeable character, Asterios, wh [...]

    15. Núria on said:

      Asterios Polyp es un c mic complejo, inteligente, riqu simo, satisfactorio a m ltiples niveles, que habla de temas como filosof a, arquitectura, ficci n, arte, etc La historia no es nada nuevo, es la de un hombre que pasa por una crisis y acaba perdi ndolo todo, porque s lo perdi ndolo todo se dar cuenta de qu es lo realmente importante, y s lo as podr cambiar Asterios Polyp es un arquitecto reputado de 50 a os, aunque ninguno de sus dise os ha sido nunca ejecutado, porque su fama viene de su ta [...]

    16. Josh Friedlander on said:

      A lavish, heartfelt story of a shallow intellectual s spiritual crisis and reconciliation with his lost love Some of the existentialism feels a bit meh, but the synthesis of the ideas and the art for e.g as everyone s world view is different, each character is drawn in unique style makes this stand out as a graphic novel worthy of the title, curiously powerful and immersive.

    17. Marc Kozak on said:

      I ve noticed that ever since I became single earlier this year, I can t stop talking about myself.This is pretty unusual I am a reasonably quiet person unless I m around people I have known for a while, and usually listen than speak However, lately I ve noticed myself sharing personal details in situations where it isn t warranted Nothing super sexy or anything you pervs , but details that could have easily been left out of the conversation Or to be clearer I ve been entering personal details i [...]

    18. Roberto on said:

      Quando colori e grafica si trasformano in contenutiAsterios Polyp la storia di un uomo che all et di cinquant anni, per una serie di ragioni, decide di cambiare vita e cercare il senso della propria esistenza In questa sorta di viaggio vediamo la ricerca interiore del protagonista attraverso i flashback dei momenti salienti della sua vita alternata allo svolgimento del suo presente Asterios un architetto di carta , progettista di edifici mai realizzati, che deve continuamente confrontare la sua [...]

    19. Licha on said:

      I finished this over a week ago and for some reason haven t felt like writing a review on it Maybe cause it s a little hard to describe without making it sound common One reviewer described this best as a 40 something year old man s coming of age story I would have to agree that that is what Asterio s story is about Asterios must take a deep look at what dissolved his marriage Most people would probably find him to be a jerk, but I really liked Asterios He s just a man with many flaws but in gen [...]

    20. Bob Fingerman on said:

      David Mazzucchelli s Asterios Polyp is quite a thing A book that uses formalism in a way that is pleasing to the eye, buoyed by a story and characters pleasing to the mind though I guess the art pleases both Mazzucchelli has populated this book with a varied cast narcissistic and often insufferable egomaniacs a neglected beauty taken mostly for granted a plain, hard workin mechanic who drops many a Norm Crosbyesque malopropism and many The art is an impressive m lange of approaches, but totally [...]

    21. Monica on said:

      This is hovering between a 4 and a 5 for me right now Wow really a sophisticated book And can I just say that its so great to read a critiquely lauded graphic novel that is NOT a memoir This was large in scope, nuanced in detail, and I think I need to read it again to grasp it all The art was unexpected, with a mix of styles that really worked well together Totally recommended to all my comic and literary fiction reading friends alike.

    22. Kogiopsis on said:

      This is a really excellent demonstration of the kind of depth in storytelling that a graphic novel format is capable of I feel like graphic novels, as a form, are still kind of developing and becoming and accepted their potential is still largely unexplored Asterios Polyp has a really brilliant use of color and art style which greatly enhances the story that s being told Each character is drawn a different way, with different dominant colors, different fonts for their speech, and all these fac [...]

    23. Loyd on said:

      Artist writer David Mazzucchelli has had one of the twisted career paths of any artist I know He began in conventional comics, becoming well known illustrating Frank Miller s Daredevil, then he disappeared for awhile, emerging with an entirely new style His new, fluid line was perfect for Miller s DC hit, Batman Year One Then Mazzucchelli dropped off the radar again This time, he showed up illustrating a graphic novelization of Paul Auster s City of Glass The Graphic Novel, a metaphysical detec [...]

    24. Aaron on said:

      Allow me to steal from Pete Holmes and say what would I have done if this book came out in the 90s, before we had Really When I got to the end, without that comfortable exclamation of frustrated disbelief, I would have had to raise my eyebrow so high that it might have flown off my head.Mostly Asterios Polyp is an amazing book, fusing different artistic styles that, no matter how showy, always advance the narrative, and has a plot that, while not as bold as something like Jimmy Corrigan, is fres [...]

    25. Emma on said:

      This is the best graphic novel I ve read in a long time From the beginning scene setting of Asterios apartment with his Brewer chairs and whatnot man, I can t list all the things I loved about this book without basically just describing everything about it The intertwined narrative threads with the slow reveal of the flashbacks the beautiful characterisations Hana s face shape under her hair, her outrageously large eyes and roundness totally expressing the character , all the clever clogs style, [...]

    26. Melissa on said:

      I know firsthand how obnoxious know it alls can be because I live with one actually one 1 2 at this point, as my son is currently in training I ve certainly been one myself on many occasions Paper architect Asterios Polyp is also a know it all There s a clear difference between just knowing something knowing something to the exclusion of any other opinion Asterios is firmly in the latter category He doesn t really listen to his wife Hana because he assumes he s always right She d like him to pay [...]

    27. Octavio Aragao on said:

      Resumindo se voc decidir comprar uma HQ neste momento, que seja esta.Uma ode ao design, narrativa e simples paix o de contar hist rias, Asterios Polyp a biografia dual de um homem um arquiteto que se acha sempre certo, sempre arguto, sempre atento, at o momento em que bem n o.Cada p gina uma aula, cruzando os c digos, o roteiro embebido em filosofia e a arte cheia de uma poesia gr fica, com v nias posso usar um termo como v nia em uma resenha de algo t o pop quanto uma HQ Ainda n o foi proibido [...]

    28. Steve on said:

      I can now say that I ve read Asterios Polyp, but I can t say that I ve finished Asterios Polyp This is the kind of book that has layers inside layers like an onion inside of a turducken A turduckenion, if you will I feel like you can t get a truly complete sense of the intricacies here without a second, third, fourth reading Even skimming through after reading the final page, I picked up so much information, so much context that I initially missed.I should say that for a large part of this book, [...]

    29. Andrew on said:

      After all the buildup and critical praise heaped on this book, my expectations were quite high So it was something of a disappointment not to love this book That said, I did read it rather quickly And to its credit, the book presents an atypical protagonist for the graphic novel format That is, a character who is not mired in outright depressing circumstances from dawn til dusk and who is articulate and socially functional So the book is novel in this regard, or at least breaks off into a new di [...]

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