Building Stories

Building Stories

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In Chris Ware's own words, '`Building Stories` follows the inhabitants of a three-flat Chicago apartment house: a thirty-year-old woman who has yet to find someone with whom to spend the rest of her life; a couple who wonder if they can bear each other's company for another minute; and finally an elderly woman who never married and is the building's landlady...' The scope, the ambition, the artistry and emotional heft of this project are beyond anything even Chris Ware has achieved before.

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  • Hardback | 246 pages
  • 297 x 424 x 48mm | 2,775g
  • Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0224078127
  • 9780224078122
  • 5,535

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"Building Stories was one of the most incredible experiences I had all year... This comics collections is really something special." -- Steve Gaynor Games Radar "Multilayered and graphically stunning... Exciting just to open!" -- Marcus and Julian Sedgwick Guardian "I've read little to top Chris Ware's amazing Building Stories." -- Valerie O'Riordan Bookmunch "Superb... A beautifully illustrated story." Digital Arts "There's nobody else doing anything in this medium that remotely approaches Ware for originality, plangency, complexity and exactitude. Astonishment is an entirely appropriate response." -- Sam Leith Guardian

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14 distinctively discrete Books, Booklets, Magazines, Newspapers, and Pamphlets. With the increasing electronic incorporeality of existence, sometimes it’s reassuring – perhaps even necessary – to have something to hold on to. Thus within this colourful keepsake box the purchaser will find a fully-apportioned variety of reading material ready to address virtually any imaginable artistic or poetic taste, from the corrosive sarcasm of youth to the sickening earnestness of maturity – while discovering a protagonist wondering if she’ll ever move from the rented close quarters of lonely young adulthood to the mortgaged expanse of love and marriage. Whether you’re feeling alone by yourself or alone with someone else, this book is sure to sympathise with the crushing sense of life wasted, opportunities missed and creative dreams dashed which afflict the middle- and upper-class literary public (and which can return to them in somewhat damaged form during REM sleep). A pictographic listing of all 14 items (260 pages total) appears below, with suggestions made as to appropriate places to set down, forget or completely lose any number of its contents within the walls of an average well-appointed home. As seen in the pages of the New Yorker, the New York Times and McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Building Stories collects a decade’s worth of work, with dozens of ‘never-before published’ pages (i.e., those deemed too obtuse, filthy or just plain incoherent to offer to a respectable periodical).

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About Chris Ware

Chris Ware is the author of Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth, which won the Guardian First Book Award in 2001, and Quimby the Mouse (2003). Winner of countless awards, he is widely acknowledged as the most gifted cartoonist of his generation.

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