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Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
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Oct 27, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, 2011
Read in October, 2011

A delicate and addicting work. Reading this is like going back to a museum again and again to see an exhibit you've fallen in love with, except each time the exhibit changes by certain unmeasurable degrees. The story is absolutely heartbreaking, beginning to end, even though it's the typical tale of an arrogant man humbled by love and broken by pride. I've never read a graphic novel which was able to make its visuals such an essential storytelling tool. Many great graphic novels use maps and diagrams, for instance, to augment the narration, but here each frame's construction acts as a counterweight to the story, creating subtext by telling a parable of design and beauty around the novel's text. If you love great graphic novels like Fun Home and Persepolis, or even The Watchmen, you need to read this one as well. Or, if you just love really sad stories, it doesn't get more melancholy than this.
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