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Building Stories

Ware, Chris (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Building Stories
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Presents an illustrated tale, told in various books and folded sheets, about the residents in a three-story Chicago apartment building, including a lonely single woman, a couple who are growing to despise each other, and an elderly landlady --
Authors: Ware, Chris, 1967-
Title: Building stories
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 8 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,8-56 cm. +,5 printed sheets + 1 folded board (41 x 107 cm., folded to 41 x 27 cm.), in box 43 x 30 x 5 cm.
Notes: Components consist of: 1 hardcover vol., 32 cm.; 1 hardcover vol., 24 cm.; 1 booklet, 56 cm.; 1 booklet, 31 cm.; 2 booklets, 28 cm.; 1 booklet, 20 cm.; 1 booklet, 8 x 25 cm.; 5 printed sheets, ranging in size from 9 x 71 cm. to 56 x 81 cm., all folded; and 1 folded board, 41 x 107 cm., folded to 41 x 27 cm. All components are unpaged and are chiefly col. illustrations. None have titles.
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Summary: Presents an illustrated tale, told in various books and folded sheets, about the residents in a three-story Chicago apartment building, including a lonely single woman, a couple who are growing to despise each other, and an elderly landlady --
Local Note: 15 53 118 216 222
Additional Contributors: Ware, Clara
Ware, Marnie
ISBN: 0375424334
9780375424335
Statement of Responsibility: Chris Ware
Subject Headings: Apartment houses Comic books, strips, etc. Apartment dwellers Comic books, strips, etc.
Genre/Form: Graphic novels-2012.
Graphic novels.
Topical Term: Apartment houses
Apartment dwellers
LCCN: 2012007946
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Aug 28, 2013
  • Sanrin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

At one point, one of the characters is searching through her bookshelf for something to read on a trip. All she finds are crime novels, sci fi, historical romances. In frustration, she cries out, "Doesn't anybody write anything about real people leading real lives?"

_Building Stories_ is that book. It is about several people's lives -- mostly a woman with a prosthetic leg -- who are struggling with relationships, depression, aging, loneliness, and finding meaning in life. There are several depictions of sex and nudity, as characters also struggle with self image, their bodies, and how other people judge them. Definitely a book for mature readers and not for children, despite the "comic book" format.

The "book" takes various formats, from typical hardcover book to newspaper-like folded sheets. Very creative, and challenging storytelling.

Jul 28, 2013
  • lokiskywalker rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This "book" is bad, and Chris Ware should feel bad!

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