BOOK Building Stories

PDF ↠ BOOK Building Stories FREE Ü CHRIS WARE ☆ After years of sporadic work on other books and projects and following the almost complete loss of his virility it's here a new graphic novel by Chris Ware  Building Stories imagines the inhabitants of a three story Chicago apartment building a 30 something woman who has yOf the absolute latest advances in wood pulp technology Building Stories is a book with no deliberate beginning nor end the scope ambition artistry and emotional prevarication beyond anything yet seen from this artist or in this medium probably for good reas I finally got my hands on BUILDING STORIES and was disappointed to discover that all of the reviews that called it a ground breaking new format where the reader connects the pieces to assemble an apartment building full of interlocking stories weren't literal Guys I really thought this book was a kit to build an actual model building I'm so bummed

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Woman who has yet to find someone with whom to spend the rest of her life; a couple possibly married who wonder if they can bear each other's company another minute; and the building's landlady an elderly woman who has lived alone for decades Taking advantage While I comport myself in a solid even keeled way topped by a serious face inside I ride waves of turbulent emotions My inner moods pendulum between absolute cosmic bleakness and star hopping ecstasy with an occasional glide through stretches of dull unspecified sadness The rest is routine involvement in those things I enjoy doing and so could be called happiness I suppose though looking at me few would know The stretches of dull unspecified sadness are the least interesting to me though even they give evidence that I am at least feeling something But still while in this monotonous glide I constantly struggle to wrest myself from it because I do not find it interesting The fact that I constantly struggle to wrest myself from it probably means that I am very rarely what I would call depressed which is a state of collapsed deflated emotions and enervated will leaving no inner resource with which to escape from it Depression especially a mild unspecified depression is not at all interesting It is in fact defined by a lack of interest While reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories I struggled to determine the extent of the emotional spectrum being explored This is difficult because the emotions explored through the visual elements seems larger than the spectrum explored through the characters themselves but the characters are what carry the story so there’s a disjunct between the visual and character elements The characters or really the character as the woman with the prosthesis carries the book and is by far the most explored spends the greater part of this collection of graphic novelties in a state of or less shallow depression while the visuals ebb and flow between rich sadness touched by bleakness and sadness tinged joy The main character no doubt experiences small joys throughout and these are of course expressed through the visuals themselves but still somehow the larger reaches of emotion expressed in the book go beyond the reaches of this characterThis is my one and only disappointment with this book that the characters especially the main character were not varied and frankly interesting because the visual interest is essentially endless But even as I say this I acknowledge that Ware’s focus on the almost numbingly mundane aspects of his characters’ lives was very much the point of this project So where does this leave me I still wish the main character was invested with a larger emotional spectrum – full on cosmic existential anguish rather than can’t get out of bed low grade depression and perhaps an irrational ecstasy or two – and a broader range of experience so that her life grew to fill out the varied visual scope of the book I also wish that the other tenants of the building were explored rather than being relegated to bit parts But would this contradict Ware’s intentions Probably And maybe when I read it again subtle variations and maybe even escapes from his theme will become apparent; but as it stands now I am left with a slight regret that this absolutely gorgeous and immersive box of varied visual objects is topped by a serious face that conceals little than a mild depression that is not all that interesting

Chris Ware ´ Building Stories PDF

Building StoriesAfter years of sporadic work on other books and projects and following the almost complete loss of his virility it's here a new graphic novel by Chris Ware  Building Stories imagines the inhabitants of a three story Chicago apartment building a 30 something 6112 I just finished this brilliant brilliant book that comes in a game box larger than a Monopoly box with various sizes and colors and shapes of books and magazines and flyers and a children's book and a game board Why a game box with a game board To resuscitate in part the idea of reading as game even if not exclusively for fun though it is also about that I think the publication of Building Stories is one of the most important events in the history of graphic literature an instant classic but it is not all play and it is not primarily a book for kids Ware is writing about important and also relatively mundane events in the lives of ordinary people; he's writing about eating and sleeping and work and talk and relationship struggles and parenting the stuff of any novel and it's also about adult loneliness The protagonist of Building Stories is an unnamed woman who lost part of her leg in a childhood boating accident She lives on the third floor of a three story Chicago brownstone apartment building with a couple who constantly argue on the second floor and an older landlady on the first The woman sees herself as a failed artist and part of the work follows her in her twenties Later in life as a mother she puts on weight and feels her creativity stifled by what is now a suburban life in Oak Park She thinks a lot about her first boyfriend who left her after an abortion and feels a little frustrated with her husband So this is a book about women two others as well primarily who live largely alone and mostly unhappy and much of that unhappiness seems to be because of men but it is also about capturing their interior life each of themWhen this book came out I went to a talk Ware gave at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple here in our village of Oak Park IL the nearest west suburb of Chicago and yes Ware lives 3 4 blocks from me in Oak Park I'm a neighbor name dropper sorry okay I'm human and he said part of the impetus for the book came from something his wonderful storyteller Grandma suggested he do To tell the stories of everyday people just doing what they do every day washing dishes folding clothes nothing spectacular And that is in part just what he does no Hollywood no flash in the narratives and yet elevating these lives to importance in these carefully and lovingly rendered and in its own way spectacular exuisite ways That's where the flash is here in the amazing art he's one of the 4 5 best and most influential comics artists ever without uestion clearly And in revealing the complexities of relationships that emerge over time primarily ones between men and women Ware is famously meticulous; he spends typically 100 hours on each page from start to finish and this book represents ten years of work so don't expect a seuel any time soon As with Jimmy Corrigan this is a story of interlocking sad stories building on each other but they are not ALL sad Another impetus for this work is the birth of Ware's child he says which he sees as this amazing gift to his own own previously lonely life Ware famously good at preserving a sense of sadness in so much of his work includes small moments here that redeem rescue us as often happens in parenting We live in a time when many people seem to be interested in the lives of the sexy and rich and famous a time when many of us seem to have agreed to the bashing and blaming of the poor for their own poverty where writing a song like Eleanor Rigby suddenly seems out of place where America's This is For All the Lonely People may seem sort of uaint But these stories of the lonely are important we need them The everyday lives of individuals can get lost in today's cynical media culture and in political decision making Empathy can get lost in isolation So Building Stories A fairly simple and mundane title and concept that the people who live in a building live lives that can be framed as stories and these stories build on each other and through each other in some ways as people interact with each other And then maybe especially in an old building we can imagine it happening this way the building itself becomes a character sort of omnisciently commenting on the lives lived within its walls That concept of a building's stories isn't spectacular maybe if the walls could talk we say but it is powerful in its simplicity and honors his Grandma's wish for the simple and straightforward though the reading of the texts is anything but simple if you like chronology and the shared experience of a book group all reading the same thing at the same time You can't do that with this book folks Can't Obviously Every piece you take out of the box will determine a different order of the narrativeHow fun to talk about this book in a book group or class in how differently people read the book Because each person who picks this book up will read it in a radically different way beginning to end And while Ware seems sort of aesthetically controlling in the meticulousness and precision of his art feels like Mondrian's mathematical rectangles as much as adult level Charles Schulz he does NOT want to control the way you read the story he has written; he makes it impossible for him to control the way you see the story it is your choice in how you proceed And some of the mundane everyday objects he honors are the things he and so many of us readers love the differently shaped books of childhood comic books pamphlets journals magazines some hard cover perfect bound and stitched some paper maps board games This production could have been done digitally I suppose as in just dropping the pieces at a site and letting you play and probably this will happen but the old fashioned part of Ware as with Seth's work lovesmourns the passing of the visceral feel and smell of books in paper in all shapes and sizes In that Monopoly game box that holds so much for us In all of Ware there is a deep nostalgia for the passing of time and the loss of things in that passingSo you read this in the way you want to randomly picking up pieces and poring over the meticulous artwork and taking one of three primary routes as they focus on each of three women from three different floors of an old cool Chicago building though one moves out to Oak Park as Ware himself did from Chicago so you get spectacular renditions of all the cool architecture here the Frank Lloyd Wright home and the Unity Temple and some of his other designed homes in this village one of the most architecturally significant sites in this country I went to an exhibition of Ware's work on the architecture of Chicago at the Chicago Art Institute a couple years ago and he is loved and studied by architects everywhere for his precise attention to building details What precedent is there for a book as a box of pieces of work Sorrentino who wrote a novel he said could be read any way you wanted Pessoa who put slips of paper over the years in a box and said it was a novel digital storytelling with link after link of ways to read; so he isn't inventing this approach all these ways of writing that lead to open ways of reading exist but Ware is doing it as well as one can imagine in a product you can hold in your hands hour after hour Having a book like this fits with contemporary theories of multiplicity and ways of reading that approach it as subjective personal interpretation as open alwaysBuilding Stories can be read as sadder than I am making it out to be but in MY reading which would not be yours I read a heartwarming part of it at the very last of my reading that seemed to be an even greater impulse for the book he an awkward reclusive shy guy with a sweet sad Charlie Brown face getting married and having a kid the greatest event in his life so as I read it I thought THIS is the center of the book the simplest joys of parenthood the mundane details of those routines including reading a daily routine for him and me and many parentsSo brilliant Spectacular I'll say it again in its uiet way Ware's Jimmy Corrigan was sad devastatingly so focused as it is on two sad generations of miserably abusive people and also brilliant but my GN students didn't love it there wasn't enough place for love and happiness and it didn't have to it was speaking for the devastatingly lonely with no happy exits but in this book while you do have some every day misery you also have simple joys and just sheer beauty and the simple achieve of the thing This is what I always think about Beckett that he may despair the twentieth century of the Holocaust of Hiroshima but he also admires the simple lonely person I can't go on I'll go on Ware is not Beckett; or he's Beckett with a Charlie Brown face and heart1015 Finished it again reading it very very slowly and it is still and even so a brilliant anguishing work of art with little places of recognition that there can be joy in ordinary life for all his characters Breathtaking demonstration of what is possible in storytelling in the graphic medium Just jaw dropping And not so much fun as a story But he honors women a woman in my class said I have never seen such realistically drawn women's bodies not eroticized but just as they are engaging in every day activities Decidedly ordinary women's stories honoring his grandmother his wife and child I am just guessing here through fictional portraits and snapshots and anecdotes Motherhood is praised honored sympathized with Some happy parenting moments Men play a secondary role and often are not here or suck and sometimes they are good and supportive and wonderful but we see them through women's eyes and I think this perspective works for WareDefinitely check it out I bet your library has a copy but as soon as you see it you will have to have it