Sunday, September 30, 2012

Asterios Polyp

by David Mazzucchelli, 334 pages

An arrogant academic architect looks back on his life and tries to regroup after his apartment building burns down.

I re-read this for our September graphic novel discussion here at BWD.  Mazzucchelli puts an incredible amount of care into the story and art here, with symbolism and allusions and layers and layers of meaning.  From the colors to the line styles, panel layouts, shapes, names, and motifs, there's more to discover and ponder every time you open the book.  Touching and sarcastic and sad and funny all at the same time, this is one of those titles that manages to both be an intellectual / artistic achievement and a good read.

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