Friday, January 30, 2015

New Arrival: Richard McGuire's Here

Richard McGuire, Here

Chris Ware, "The Guardian"
"A book like this comes along once a decade, if not a century.... I guarantee that you'll remember exactly where you are, or were, when you first read it."

Jennifer Schuessler, " The New York Times
""Getting from here to there can be hard enough. But it has taken Richard McGuire 25 years to do something even more complicated: get form here to here....the book promises to leapfrog immediately to the front ranks of the graphic-novel genre."

Etelka Lehoczky,
"The magic of Here is that somehow, alchemically, this sparse little exercise begins to yank on your emotions. As your eye lurches around the page, as you flip back and forth between pages, an irresistible sentiment swells. Rare among conceptual works, Here manages to tug your heart even as it undercuts your comfortable role of reader.... Meanwhile, though, the past and present humans continue their tender little lives. Telling stories, playing, making love -- what will be their fate? That's just one of the countless questions Here leaves unanswered. Even so, it's deeply satisfying. Kind of like a story that never ends."

Marnie Kingsley, "San Antonio Current"
"Imaginative and ingenious, Here transcends the canon of traditional graphic novels. McGuire discusses the inconsistencies of memory, a central theme of Speigelman's Maus series. He readapts the labyrinthine quality of Alison Bechel's Fun Home and focuses on the small moments of everyday experience, similar to parts of Craig Thompson' autobiographical graphic novel Blankets. However, Here retains almost no qualities of a novel: It is non-linear, there are no distinct characters, apart from the space, and there is no plot. Despite these seemingly large hurdles, McGuire produces a reading experience that is emotional, thought-provoking and interactive.... A brisk and brilliant read, Here combines genres and styles in a meditation on impermanence and the processes of memory."

Financial Times
"McGuire is able to wring a surprising array of emotions from simple lines and blocks of muted colour interspersed with deliberately hackneyed jokes and the uncanny wisdom of the everyday. And the non-chronological arrangement seems faithful to how consciousness really works, the way we shape and reshape the story of ourselves by editing and re-editing highlights from our lives. I found it compelling to shuttle around in time to discover how earlier events informed later ones. Midway through the book one character says to another: 'Life has a flair for rhyming events.' Clearly, McGuire does too."

Patrick Lohier,
"I soon found myself immersed and often moved. Here has the surprising depth as a magician's top hat. The combination of the surreal and the nostalgic are mesmerizing. The book is an ingenious epic of time and space, and I think readers everywhere, and of many ages, will find it delightful."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Expanding on an influential piece that first appeared in "Raw "in 1989, McGuire, best known for his illustrated children's books, explores a single patch of land (apparently in Perth Amboy, N.J.) over the course of millions of years.... The flat, hard lines produce art that looks like an approximation of Edward Hopper's clean bright paintings, created on an outdated computer program. McGuire threads miniplots and knowing references through his hopscotch narrative, building up a head of steam that's almost overwhelmingly poignant. His masterful sense of time and the power of the mundane makes this feel like the graphic novel equivalent of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life.""

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