Asterios Polyp

Asterios Polyp

Graphic Novel - 2009
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Asterios Polyp, its arrogant, prickly protagonist, is an award-winning architect who's never built an actual building, and a pedant in the midst of a spiritual crisis. After the structure of his own life falls apart, he runs away to try to rebuild it into something new.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2009]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780307377326
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 M4594A 2009
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm


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Sep 03, 2019

Decent drawings; but verbose; and unlikeable protagonist.

May 28, 2017

Asterios is a self-centered university professor experiencing a unique type of mid-life crisis. In many ways this heartrendingly beautiful book offers a highly intellectual reinterpretation of Homer's Odyssey while philosophically exploring the nature of duality. Oh, it has pretty pictures too.

Kristen MERKE
Jan 24, 2017

A fantastic graphic novel that is not only compelling in narrative but visually as well. Stunning use of color and artistic styles to truly represent the characters, perfect example of 'show not tell.' While, yes, Asterios is a frustratingly arrogant man, it's the characters around him and his interaction with the world that is gripping. I highly recommend this to anyone interesting in a creative and out more 'out of the box' style of graphic novel.

Sep 15, 2014

A man who works at Fred Meyer recommended this book to me, and I love him for that!
This is the best comic book you will ever read!
It makes you understand your emotions and other peoples opinions.
The art is a 10 and every person, even the background characters have their own text and color and personalities!
A great plot and great characters mean an amazing book and a good read!

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 14, 2014

Arrogant, pedantic architecture professor Asterios Polyp is in a mid-life crisis that propels him out of the ivory tower of academia to the world of small-town America and a journey of self-discovery. A funny, poignant graphic novel with deft drawings that perfectly match the witty text.

JCLChrisK Jul 21, 2014

I'm waffling between four and five stars. On a first reading, I reached the end feeling I'd had a superior four-star experience; but I also know I want to read this again--and probably again after that--because I sense repeat experience will provide added depth, meaning, and feeling. That tips the scales in favor of five stars.

This book weaves together stories of the past and present, philosophical ponderings, dreams, impressions, memories, and more, with both words and pictures. It's the story of a 50-year-old, highly gifted, successful, and privileged white man figuring out that he doesn't have it all figured out, that he's never really learned to listen. It's intellectual and emotional in equal measure; though, like the character, it starts with the head and has an uncertain journey to the heart. In some ways, it's as much a coming-of-age story as anything out there in the Young Adult category. It's thoughtful and heartfelt and real, and designed for repeat reading.

JCLHelenH Mar 19, 2014

Asterios Polyp is literary fiction at its finest. The graphic novel format is quite lovely, with pictures that convey life and all its requisite emotions. From meeting your true love for the first time, to recollections of a painful childhood, the sadness of growing old, and the hurt of failed relationships. It’s all here, and it’s lovely.

Never tried a graphic novel? Asterious Polyp will be a very nice introduction and will appeal to those who enjoyed Will Eisner’s A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories, and David Smalls’ Stitches.

Mark_Daly Jul 18, 2013

Mazzucchelli adopts a cartoony style (reminiscent of CITY OF GLASS) for a mature subject: a novel about the destruction of a marriage and a man's midlife redemption. His mastery of the medium gives the best scenes an emotional tug. Avid fiction readers unfamiliar with graphic novels might find this a painless introduction.

Jun 30, 2013

I came across this after reading parts of it in a "best of Graphic novel" book It is not very impressive at first, but with the nonlinear story and some very creative features grow on you and make it compelling. You can notice things like conversation shapes vary by character personality and many other things throughout. Great work that moves at a good reasonable pace and short chapters.

May 14, 2013

Acclaimed artist David Mazzucchelli (City of Glass, Batman: Year One), who for the past 15 years produced shorter work for various publishers including The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Fantagraphics, and HarperCollins, returns to novel-length work with his first solo book endeavor Asterios Polyp. Mazzucchelli tracks the life of the titular character, a renowned "paper architect" and university professor. Beginning on his fiftieth birthday, this lush non-linear graphic novel follows his surreal life through a failed marriage, dashed hopes, and a bizarre road trip. Even through all this strangeness, the diverse characters of Asterios Polyp ground the book in a semblance of reality. Mazzucchelli masterfully and beautifully manipulates the comic book form.

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