Here

Here

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"Richard McGuire's Here is the story of a corner of a room and the events that happened in that space while moving forward and backward in time. The book experiments with formal properties of comics, using multiple panels to convey the different moments in time. Hundreds of thousands of years become interwoven. A dinosaur from 100,000,000 BCE lumbers by, while a child is playing with a plastic toy that resembles the same dinosaur in the year 1999. Conversations appear to be happening between two people who are centuries apart. Someone asking, "Anyone seen my car keys?" can be "answered" by someone at a future archeology dig. Cycles of glaciers transform into marshes, then into forests, then into farmland. A city develops and grows into a suburban sprawl. Future climate changes cause the land to submerge, if only temporarily, for the long view reveals the transient nature of all things. Meanwhile, the attention is focused on the most ordinary moments and appreciating them as the most transcendent"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, a division of Random House LLC, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780375406508
0375406506
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 24 cm

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FPL_AdamL Sep 23, 2020

This fictional novel is all about perspective and learning to see. Really see. A thought provoking graphic novel that would appeal to the poetry reader.

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pmcnames
Sep 11, 2019

Very interesting concept, but I had a hard time following it. The art was nice though.

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FVReader
Aug 26, 2018

Graphics can tell such a story!
This entire book takes place in one corner of one room and tells the history of that spot, from millions of years BCE to 2300 AD. It's remarkably done. It makes one think of time...…. all the forgotten, everyday history; the present and the upcoming history of each spot in our world.
Each spot has a continuing story to tell, even the corner of a room.
Great story; wonderful graphics.

JCLIanH Jul 05, 2018

An incredible work of art that feels like it belongs in a gallery. A tremendous distillation of time, space, and life itself.

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mclarjh
Jun 08, 2017

Very interesting idea, but unsuccessful. No characters, or story.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

Here is a wonderful concept. This is a story about place. Throughout its 300 pages, the setting is a living room, from 3 billion years in the past, to 20,000 years in the future. Perhaps this isn't so much a story of place as it is about time. Time is the primary character here. Jumping back and forth in time erratically, each page highlights a specific year with many insets of what that same space looked like ten years earlier, 10,000 years earlier, thirty years in the future, and so on. Sparse in text, Here captures the mundane moments that make up our lives.

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SiempreSara
Mar 22, 2016

Such a cool concept...it will make you think about your house and the spaces where you live in a different way. There is no narrative, but you can spend quite a while looking at each page spread, sorting out what's going on and comparing with previous pages.

If you're ready for a type of narrative that's very different from a single linear sequence, "Here" is the graphic novel for you. Using multiple frames on each two page spread, McGuire sketches a handful a stories that share a common location. Recommended by Eric

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Persnickety77
Jan 30, 2016

Just an absolutely gorgeous and intricate piece of artwork. Great concept well done!

This is a totally captivating and imaginative work. "Graphic novel" is a bit of a misnomer here. This is more of an art book than anything else. If you go into this expecting a traditional story, you'll be disappointed. That said, the lack of a traditional story is one of the things that makes this great. The entire book is set in one space from the same angle from prehistory to thousands of years into the future. Each page has different years stitched together to create a sort of nontraditional comic book "panel" effect. While there are vague hints of a story, Here calls on the reader to pull things together and draw their own conclusions. For as bizarre as some of the pages are (though each could stand alone hung in a museum), the themes are universal. The art style itself is a unique mishmash of midcentury and sketchy and it works nicely. I will say, reading this is an entirely subjective experience, and you'll get as much out of it as you're willing to put in, so this may not be as universally loved as I'm implying it should be, but I think this is an experience not to be missed.

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