The Library

The Library To debut our new Conundrum International Imprint we have chosen the stories of Chihoi a young Hong Kong artist who has had books published in Chinese Italian and French The Library is the first Eng

  • Title: The Library
  • Author: Chihoi Christian Gasser
  • ISBN: 9781894994729
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • To debut our new Conundrum International Imprint we have chosen the stories of Chihoi, a young Hong Kong artist, who has had books published in Chinese, Italian and French The Library is the first English edition of his work.Reading the short stories included in this volume is like reading someone else s dreams The Library or Father reminds one of Kafka I m with myTo debut our new Conundrum International Imprint we have chosen the stories of Chihoi, a young Hong Kong artist, who has had books published in Chinese, Italian and French The Library is the first English edition of his work.Reading the short stories included in this volume is like reading someone else s dreams The Library or Father reminds one of Kafka I m with my Saint feels Gauginesque All the stories feel like smudged emotions, they speak to regular hurt and deprivation, strength in silence and loneliness in numbers Questions are asked without question marks and are left unanswered even as the stories end The Library is book of beautiful pencil lines, written to illustrate the tales we know in our heart but have never witnessed Chihoi is a poet of the quotidian, of life s minutia, of little gestures, of silences He is also the poet of the invisible, invoking the spirit of a dead person or a lost love, and rendering him her real He offers us his stories with a little melancholy at the corner of his smile and he illuminates them with a warm spark He imbues them with a rhythm, like a conversation, by the pauses His stories are complicated than they appear, they are open and complex and full of little contradictions and they resonate long after we turn the last page They are like the calm after a storm, when the wind finally dies down and the landscape is revealed anew.

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    1. Spare, subtle and sometimes surreal pencil drawn comic stories. A collection of Chihoi's stories. The author is a young Hong Kong artist who already has books out in Italian, French and Chinese. This is his first English translated work and it is fine stuff. Feels older than a young person's work because it has such restraint. The most recognizable influence here (to me, since I don't know his work at all, and other influences are surely evident) is Kafka. Some of the best stories here are essen [...]

    2. Surreal, disturbing, dark and haunting. I picked this up on a whim from the library, of all places. What grabbed me as I was standing by the shelves perusing the book is the simplicity of the drawings and the focus on the mundane. But I wasn't prepared for the stories and their dark turns. Chihoi's drawing lulls you to some peaceful place but then rips you apart with the story he tells. Really interesting read.

    3. This one will stick with you whether you like it or not. The stark, black and white pencil sketches make it even more so. You see what a crowded subway feels like and you can hear the silence in a room. There are several stories here and some are weirder than others (I am with my Saint I think wins on that one). But you'll be scratching your head over many of them. My favourited are "Father" and "Borrowed Books" for what it's worth.

    4. This was referred to as being "a masterpiece" and "Kafka-esque". That may very well be, but I did not understand it, nor enjoy it, with interesting artwork.

    5. 2.5I just don't think I understood everything that he was trying to convey in his stories. I was mainly just confused and didn't enjoy the read that much. The only funny thing was the phallic trees, but that was also just weird at the same time.

    6. "The Library" and "Borrowed Books" are more favorite stories in the collection, mainly because there is an actual storyline. Most of the autobiographical vignettes seem underdeveloped both in terms of the storytelling and the theme. I am not opposed to writers slipping into a fantasy world to help elucidate a moment in their past, but the main problem is that Chihoi's fantasy world(s) do not seem to serve a purpose other than to frustrate the reader. Chihoi's artwork gets increasingly interestin [...]

    7. Surreal, thus more realistic, depiction of Hongkong.Culture MTL's review of the work is well written. cultmontreal/2013/05/chiho

    8. woah, this was something amazing. there is a whole world of hong kong comics i have not touched. this was some genius level art and storytelling. this is the kind of book i'd like on my bookshelf.

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