Building Stories

Building Stories

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9780375424335
Characteristics: 8 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 8-56 cm., in box 43 x 30 x 5 cm. + 5 printed sheets + 1 folded board (41 x 107 cm., folded to 41 x 27 cm.)


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Dec 31, 2019

I love this book. It feels so authentic and real. It hits you in the heart and reminds you of the questions you have wondered about before.

Apr 16, 2019

Interesting format. I personally have never seen a book comprised of more than its part...which is the novel itself.
This had several pieces that comes together to form a whole.
Interesting content looking at the normality of life.

Apr 03, 2017

Warning: This "Book" is a GIANT BOX (I'm talking like 1 foot by 8 inches) and you will feel like a fool carrying it through the library. Not worth the weight or wait. ;P

nmaryann Nov 02, 2016

One of my favourite narratives of the sequential arts!

Jul 27, 2015

Boring stories, too much narration, static generic illustrations, signs of an object-fetish. And the type is so small, thin and grey that it's largely unreadable. Good idea but bad execution. An American Seth.

Aug 28, 2013

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

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


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