The Wrong Place
Wanton youth seen through lush, dreamy, and sweeping watercolors.Rendered in vividwatercolorwhere parquet floors and patterned dresses morph together, The Wrong Place revolves around the often absent Robbie, a charismatic lothario of mysterious celebrity who has the run of a city that is as chaotic as it is resplendent. Robbie's sexual energy captivates the attention of men and women alike; his literal and figurative brightness is a startling foil to the dreariness of his childhood friend, Francis. With a hand as sensitive as it is exuberant, Brecht Evens's first graphic novel in English captures the strange chemistry of social interaction as easily as he portrays the fragmented nature of identity. The Wrong Place contrasts life as it is, angst-ridden and awkward, with life as it can be: spontaneous, uninhibited, and free.

The Wrong Place Details

TitleThe Wrong Place
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 23rd, 2010
PublisherDrawn and Quarterly
ISBN-139781770460010
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fiction, Art

The Wrong Place Review

  • Dov Zeller
    January 1, 1970
    Architectural and emotional, part artifact, part living, breathing thing. Reading it feels like going on a bit of an acid-trippy internal carnivalesque adventure, and at the same time like watching a very experimental/surrealist silent film. There are tensions in here that are hard to describe. A kind of timelessness and, despite its urban contemporary kind of setting and complex architectural feel, a certain quality of a cave-painting. History living, in motion, neither beginning or ending. And Architectural and emotional, part artifact, part living, breathing thing. Reading it feels like going on a bit of an acid-trippy internal carnivalesque adventure, and at the same time like watching a very experimental/surrealist silent film. There are tensions in here that are hard to describe. A kind of timelessness and, despite its urban contemporary kind of setting and complex architectural feel, a certain quality of a cave-painting. History living, in motion, neither beginning or ending. And then there is a surrealist's puzzle quality to it. It's funny, mysterious, a bit slapstick, a little bawdy, a little bleak and yet vibrantly, unnervingly colorful.Well, not the most articulate review. Check out David's. It's great! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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  • George Marshall
    January 1, 1970
    Outstanding- Brecht has an extraordinary mix of gifts; exquisite and very original art style, a great ear for dialogue and the minutiae of social interactions and, above all, an complex understanding of how comics move through space and time (for example, the way he can use a tiny single speechless panel and a slight shift in body placement indicates the social exclusion of one girl from two others smoking cigarettes together).The art is that of a detached observer- usually small figures in the Outstanding- Brecht has an extraordinary mix of gifts; exquisite and very original art style, a great ear for dialogue and the minutiae of social interactions and, above all, an complex understanding of how comics move through space and time (for example, the way he can use a tiny single speechless panel and a slight shift in body placement indicates the social exclusion of one girl from two others smoking cigarettes together).The art is that of a detached observer- usually small figures in the middle distance, rarely if ever showing facial closeups - we drift through peoples lives, but are not participants in their circle. This detachment allows us to have some distance - we get none of the angry and very personal contempt that you can find in Clowes or Ware. Brecht has compassion and empathy for all sides. So, the story appears to portray Gary as uninspired limited and, literally in the palette 'grey' whilst Robbie is utterly alive, vibrant and original. But Brecht is far more subtle than that- Gary may be insecure and limited but he is clearly a loyal friend and seeks to do something for wider society (he is working in a school). Robbie, on the other hand does nothing, lives off gambling and steals drinks. He uses people and, whilst maintaining contact with Gary only does so on his terms- failing to attend Gary's party and pressurising him to do things that make him embarrassed or uncomfortable. He uses women on a whim, seems to have no interest in what they say and leaves them feeling insecure and inadequate (after sex he just rolls over to go to sleep whilst his one night stand is left asking 'did I say something stupid?').Really this book is about social power and Brecht is showing us how rewards flow to people who have that power. But what we don't see is what happens to steady dull Gary and party animal Robbie 10 or 20 years on when the money runs out and the alcohol has taken its toll.All in all, an outstanding work from a great creator that hugely expands the potential of comics. Brecht shows people and all this with great compassion
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  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    Read this one especially fast, by Flemish artist Brecht Evens... and Evens is the star here, with his flamboyant watercolors, so explosive, and yet subtle in terms of gesture and social interaction... Robbie is the main character, with all sorts of party scene sexual energy, an attraction for boys and girls... so it is about urban night life, buzzing with energy, yet beneath that there is caring for the characters, a sensitivity for them, he likes them all, sees things from a variety of perspect Read this one especially fast, by Flemish artist Brecht Evens... and Evens is the star here, with his flamboyant watercolors, so explosive, and yet subtle in terms of gesture and social interaction... Robbie is the main character, with all sorts of party scene sexual energy, an attraction for boys and girls... so it is about urban night life, buzzing with energy, yet beneath that there is caring for the characters, a sensitivity for them, he likes them all, sees things from a variety of perspectives... This is a "small" book in that it is not hugely ambitious as Art or Novel. but it is very likable and refreshing and feels new to me, so colorful and alive. My first experience with Evens...
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  • Penelope
    January 1, 1970
    If you approach this book as a traditional plot-driven story, you'll probably be disappointed. The "plot" isn't really...anything; it's there, and you can follow it easily enough, but it doesn't matter very much. It's all about the characters, the situations, and the interactions. As a sort of fictional "case study" of social interaction, this book is really amazing and sometimes painfully awkward (because it's just so true). Poor Gary...I could totally relate to him, and it made me sad.Aside fr If you approach this book as a traditional plot-driven story, you'll probably be disappointed. The "plot" isn't really...anything; it's there, and you can follow it easily enough, but it doesn't matter very much. It's all about the characters, the situations, and the interactions. As a sort of fictional "case study" of social interaction, this book is really amazing and sometimes painfully awkward (because it's just so true). Poor Gary...I could totally relate to him, and it made me sad.Aside from managing to capture a sort of "truth" about human social interaction, Evens also creates a whimsical world of over-the-top characters who seem to inhabit a realm totally separate from "reality" (in a too-good-to-be-true-but-would-you-really-want-to-live-there-forever kind of way).But the best part of this book are the illustrations. I wish I could have posters of every single page and plaster them on the walls of my apartment. So beautiful and inspiring...worth it for the excellent illustration & design alone.
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  • Bryce Holt
    January 1, 1970
    Something so beautiful should have more purpose. There's a thousand ways to describe the artwork, but only one way to describe the story, and that is 'pointless.' The pairing of Gary, a cloying and depressing character to watch bumble his way through life, and that of longtime friend Robbie, a Lothario who is bigger than the world he possesses, is not only implausible but so counter to one another that at one point I thought they might be split personalities of a single person. Unfortunately, th Something so beautiful should have more purpose. There's a thousand ways to describe the artwork, but only one way to describe the story, and that is 'pointless.' The pairing of Gary, a cloying and depressing character to watch bumble his way through life, and that of longtime friend Robbie, a Lothario who is bigger than the world he possesses, is not only implausible but so counter to one another that at one point I thought they might be split personalities of a single person. Unfortunately, this is not the case (or...I don't think it is. It's all very confusing). Every page is filled with watercolor that will baffle the mind, but if that's the focus, then stop there. Truly, Brecht Evens shouldn't even have included the story. I think there are a lot of themes at work here, but most seem to silently hint that to live a full life, you must want constant attention and sex. Awkward introversion is comparable to the worst thing imaginable and will lead to no one liking you. No, really...that's what I took from this. All of the watercolored beauty that Evens surely spent hundreds of hours manufacturing is lost to this core concept, and not only is it wrong, but it ruins the power of the art you're watching unfold before your very eyes.The story was foolish, distracting and the sign of a person who is young to the world at large and trying to be someone he is not. I'm sure there are others who feel differently, but I felt cheated by the time I turned the final page. Get this for the art, but pretend there are not words attached to it and I think you will have a powerful experience...if you read it, though, you'll feel you've just lost 2 hours of your life.
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  • Aaron
    January 1, 1970
    I recently watched an interview with Dash Shaw in which he brought up Fantagraphics' process of finding authors to publish. In it he mentioned that they often times publish the author who is a great writer, regardless of how behind their art may be. The reason for this is that anyone can get better at art with practice, but bad writers are bad writers; sign the great writer, and soon enough every part of their work will be great.This is the most boring story I've read in years. I'm so tired of g I recently watched an interview with Dash Shaw in which he brought up Fantagraphics' process of finding authors to publish. In it he mentioned that they often times publish the author who is a great writer, regardless of how behind their art may be. The reason for this is that anyone can get better at art with practice, but bad writers are bad writers; sign the great writer, and soon enough every part of their work will be great.This is the most boring story I've read in years. I'm so tired of graphic novels that treat the medium as something entirely visual, or at least like visuals are so important that they can excuse awful story telling. I didn't make it halfway through this because nothing made me want to know anything more about any of these uninspired characters. The art is kind of cool, yeah. There are some striking images, specifically some on the train. But behind the sprawling lights and multi-colored humans is an overwrought, relentlessly boring story of white 20-somethings going to parties and the resulting "examinations" of anxiety and being a social outcast and whatever other problems they can blow out of proportion to make them feel separate from the privileged sphere of society they occupy.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    This is an exquisite book. Formally, its so sophisticated; his use of colour and the compositional space of the page is unique. Each page is more like a painting than a comic, he doesn't use boxes and speech bubbles and takes advantage of the freedom this gives his art to deliver the story in fresh ways. Illustratively it's also wonderful; his gracefully dabbed figures have a very authentic, deceptively simple body language. He gives the characters all the right gestures and density and colour. This is an exquisite book. Formally, its so sophisticated; his use of colour and the compositional space of the page is unique. Each page is more like a painting than a comic, he doesn't use boxes and speech bubbles and takes advantage of the freedom this gives his art to deliver the story in fresh ways. Illustratively it's also wonderful; his gracefully dabbed figures have a very authentic, deceptively simple body language. He gives the characters all the right gestures and density and colour. People criticise the story as banal but I think it's brilliantly observed, I was both convinced and even gripped by the social dynamics his story tells. The dialogue is subtle and precisely noted. He has an ear for language as well as an eye for, well, the visible. I also love his use of watercolour, he perfectly exploits its capacity for both opacity and translucence. He paints physical spaces beautifully too.
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  • Sydney Smith
    January 1, 1970
    A hauntingly beautiful graphic novel. Definitely one for your bookshelf or coffee table. The art is incredible and unique. The story is sobering and distant, in a good way. There's a sense of loneliness and longing for connection, and it's a wholly human experience. We follow themes of insecurity, conformity, community, socialization, urban life, identity, and emptiness. What does it mean to be happy? It isn't the same for everyone, but we sometimes think it is.
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  • Ty Melgren
    January 1, 1970
    Really great watercolor comix. Boring parties, cool parties, faces, sex, feeeeeelings, and elaborately tiled floors are all fun to look at in this book and they seem realler in here than they often seem in other comix or books or movies. There's a dude in here who everyone wants to be and hang out with and dress like, and while I was reading this I wanted to be and hang out with and dress like him too.http://tymelgren.com/books/april2013....
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  • Althea J.
    January 1, 1970
    A quick read with fun and vibrant watercolor. I feel like I've been to that exact awkward dinner party, and that I know those party people, and that group of friends that revolved around a cult of personality, and I had that whirlwind club romance that lasts a night. Aaah, some fun nostalgia for me, and rendered with brilliantly stylish art.Perfect as a library book.
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  • MariNaomi
    January 1, 1970
    Stunning artwork, great pacing, and a thoughtful message. I am so blown away by the gorgeous watercolors that I don't want to stop looking at them. I hope to see more of his books reach the U.S. Four and a half stars.
  • Stephanie (aka WW)
    January 1, 1970
    This is perhaps the most strangely colored graphic novel I’ve ever read. Illustrated all in watercolor, I didn't really “get” it at first...there are incomplete and overlapping figures, hints of decor, incomplete scenes...it all looks so sloppily done. But I soon found the style interesting and the story took over. I had to know just who this enigmatic Robbie was. There's not much in the way of story, just a slice of life related to Robbie and those who obsess over him, including unpopular Gary This is perhaps the most strangely colored graphic novel I’ve ever read. Illustrated all in watercolor, I didn't really “get” it at first...there are incomplete and overlapping figures, hints of decor, incomplete scenes...it all looks so sloppily done. But I soon found the style interesting and the story took over. I had to know just who this enigmatic Robbie was. There's not much in the way of story, just a slice of life related to Robbie and those who obsess over him, including unpopular Gary who throws a party hoping his 'good friend' shows up (he doesn't) and a seemingly unpopular girl who gets "chosen" by Robbie as his woman of the night. It’s all good fun, though, and a good independent comic.
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  • Cynara
    January 1, 1970
    In vivid, vibrant rainbow of water colour Evens charts the anxiety, spontaneity, palpable awkwardness, heartbreak, ugliness, beauty and moments of chaos that characterize human social interactions and connections. The text and dialogue is loose and spare, allowing images/colours carry much of the book's weight. The basic story revolves around the luminous character of Robbie, a charming bon vivant whose name is always on everyone's lips, and who draws everyone into his orbit whenever he enters a In vivid, vibrant rainbow of water colour Evens charts the anxiety, spontaneity, palpable awkwardness, heartbreak, ugliness, beauty and moments of chaos that characterize human social interactions and connections. The text and dialogue is loose and spare, allowing images/colours carry much of the book's weight. The basic story revolves around the luminous character of Robbie, a charming bon vivant whose name is always on everyone's lips, and who draws everyone into his orbit whenever he enters a room. He is contrasted with the dull (the character is, in fact, grey in colour) and repressed character of his childhood friend Gary, who, even among his friends is overlooked. Gary is sympathetic and relatable (when attempting to host a party, rehearses his script in the bathroom and struggles to hold his guests attention). But rather than deeply develop the characters, Evens suggests the night clubs and parties as characters themselves.I particularly loved the kinetic collapsing of Evens illustration style in Robbie's lovemaking scenes, as well as the lush, visually dense double-page spreads of packed subway cars, overcrowded night clubs, and a multi-level staircase teeming with house-party guests. Evens style deftly captures our desire to be special/individuals (to matter, to stand out) at the same time that he communicates the feeling of isolation in a crowd and the fear of being socially eclipsed. The artistic decisions are smart, innovative and visually poetic--like having the characters' dialogue colour match their clothing, so you can keep track of who is speaking at the same time that there is a sense of people talking over each other, conversation literally hanging (free of the structure of speech bubbles) in the air. Evens is one to watch, The Wrong Place is stunning.
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  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    You could get a little delirious drinking in the sheer beauty of the watercolor imagery in this book. Brecht Evens is an artist to reckon with, and his crack timing and way with characterization & dialogue deserve mention as well (he’s also not even quite 30 years old yet, sheesh). Many thanks to my pal Mari, who demanded I read this, and in fact had a copy sent to me for just that reason. I owe ya one, pal! And definitely put me in line to read more of this remarkable cartoonist’s books and You could get a little delirious drinking in the sheer beauty of the watercolor imagery in this book. Brecht Evens is an artist to reckon with, and his crack timing and way with characterization & dialogue deserve mention as well (he’s also not even quite 30 years old yet, sheesh). Many thanks to my pal Mari, who demanded I read this, and in fact had a copy sent to me for just that reason. I owe ya one, pal! And definitely put me in line to read more of this remarkable cartoonist’s books and stories. 4 1/2 out of 5.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I have been itching to read this book for years now. I was thrilled to find a copy of it at the Vancouver Public Library and spent a pleasant hour furiously consuming it. While the art was positively wonderful--the layers of watercolor silhouettes that make up people are pretty magnificent--I wasn't as much captured by the narrative of loneliness and dichotomies between the extroverts and introverts. Maybe Evens is commenting on that dichotomy within everyone. Hm. In any case, it was a gorgeous I have been itching to read this book for years now. I was thrilled to find a copy of it at the Vancouver Public Library and spent a pleasant hour furiously consuming it. While the art was positively wonderful--the layers of watercolor silhouettes that make up people are pretty magnificent--I wasn't as much captured by the narrative of loneliness and dichotomies between the extroverts and introverts. Maybe Evens is commenting on that dichotomy within everyone. Hm. In any case, it was a gorgeous book and I will be looking for more of his work
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    One of the most exciting pieces of comic art I've come across in a while. The story is a little too indie/20-something/angsty for me, but the watercolor art is mind-blowing, both from just a craft aspect and from an artistic vision one as well. This is what Asterios Polyp thought it was.
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  • Chris Drew
    January 1, 1970
    The art is fantastic and vibrant, the world and its characters are just non-sequitur and unpredictable enough. Makes you excited for the possibilities of graphic story telling. Comparable to Dash Shaw if you are familiar with his work or looking for something in the same vein.
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  • Derek Royal
    January 1, 1970
    An early book of Evens's that I've been meaning to read for some time. I finally did so due to our recent review of his new book, Panther, on The Comics Alternative: http://comicsalternative.com/episode-....
  • Dave-O
    January 1, 1970
    A melancholy-clever-sexy visual feast that makes me want to draw draw draw.
  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Really hated Brecht Evens' The Making Of, but I read that when I was what- sixteen? fifteen? and now I'm more into surrealist, existential humour I found this a lot more enjoyable. I did enjoy the artwork round that time, as I did with this graphic novel, as some of the things I assume Evens does with watercolour is masterful and staggering. Also the way his art morphs to reflect the situation or person is something I'd like to see more from other artists.I would say there was a bit too much tin Really hated Brecht Evens' The Making Of, but I read that when I was what- sixteen? fifteen? and now I'm more into surrealist, existential humour I found this a lot more enjoyable. I did enjoy the artwork round that time, as I did with this graphic novel, as some of the things I assume Evens does with watercolour is masterful and staggering. Also the way his art morphs to reflect the situation or person is something I'd like to see more from other artists.I would say there was a bit too much tiny writing that it kind of took you out of the experience, in trying to decipher it. But that might just be me.
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  • Mark Victor Young
    January 1, 1970
    A work beautifully rendered in watercolour, The Wrong Place is about social gatherings, party settings, and party people, I guess. A series of events where the mysterious Robbie's attendance is either the centre of attention or his arrival the main topic of conversation. I've never seen watercolours done in this way before, with so much detail but also with the slight imprecision of the medium. The dance floor scenes were something else. The lines aren't inked, so it seems to have been "drawn" i A work beautifully rendered in watercolour, The Wrong Place is about social gatherings, party settings, and party people, I guess. A series of events where the mysterious Robbie's attendance is either the centre of attention or his arrival the main topic of conversation. I've never seen watercolours done in this way before, with so much detail but also with the slight imprecision of the medium. The dance floor scenes were something else. The lines aren't inked, so it seems to have been "drawn" in paint. So brilliant - but I've already waxed enthusiastic over Evens's art in my review of Panther. Panther is the better story, I thought, but the art is amazing in both.
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  • Loona
    January 1, 1970
    It was funny and relatable, which made it a quick, fun read... also I'm a sucker for watercolors
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    So good it hurt me to read.
  • Laurel
    January 1, 1970
    A-MAH-ZING
  • Lexy Rycroft
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful art and an interesting (If sometimes a little difficult to follow) story
  • Mateen Mahboubi
    January 1, 1970
    Everybody has a Robbie in their life. Loved the art. Some real great watercolour work.
  • Zac
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up this book solely for the art, which is done in an often very colourful watercolour. The figures are not particularly well defined if you look at them close up but but Evens still manages to capture a lot of expression in their poses. The design is pretty interesting with few panel borders and no speech bubbles but it's made up entirely of conversations: Evens employs different coloured text to help you understand who is talking at any one time, and though I don't often pay attention I picked up this book solely for the art, which is done in an often very colourful watercolour. The figures are not particularly well defined if you look at them close up but but Evens still manages to capture a lot of expression in their poses. The design is pretty interesting with few panel borders and no speech bubbles but it's made up entirely of conversations: Evens employs different coloured text to help you understand who is talking at any one time, and though I don't often pay attention to lettering, it is particularly well done here.Anyway, imagine my surprise when I discover the story is actually pretty great too! This probably gave me the most laugh-out-loud moments reading a comic since Ghost World a couple of years ago. The story follows a few main characters and their relationship to much loved party-animal (and actually a pretty nice guy) Robbie. Evens leaves you wanting to know more out of the characters, but gives you enough to be able to draw your own conclusions and get some satisfaction.At times, this reminded me of a children's picture book. There are some surreal moments, and Robbie's friends' stories about him border on the fantastical. When we do meet Robbie, he actually is a bit of a magical character. That said, there's some pretty abstract but still graphic sex scenes and swearing that turns this into more of a picture book for grown-ups.It's a quick read as there are a few pages without any text at all, but one that would be worth a reread now and again.
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  • Renée
    January 1, 1970
    Well...I love Brecht Evens style, the effort he puts into his drawings, the colors, the patterns, the story telling, the way he knows how to show social relationships and group dynamics with pictures and I LOVE the surprise pages that suddenly zoom in or out the pictures before or give a completely different perspective. So basically it has all necessary ingredients for a great story. It is just that I am quite disinterested in parties, nightlife and nonsense talk, as often busied during those p Well...I love Brecht Evens´ style, the effort he puts into his drawings, the colors, the patterns, the story telling, the way he knows how to show social relationships and group dynamics with pictures and I LOVE the ´surprise´ pages that suddenly zoom in or out the pictures before or give a completely different perspective. So basically it has all necessary ingredients for a great story. It is just that I am quite disinterested in parties, nightlife and nonsense talk, as often busied during those parties. And this book was full of it. Lots of indirect communication and very real life, but in real life I would definetely be ´in the wrong place´ if I´d be in any situation as described in the book. I would have liked the characters to pick up a real conversation, to dive into this whole social disequality thing and do some serious metatalk about it maybe. I don´t know. I just don´t care so much about the whole thing, because the real issues are only indirectly addressed but nothing extra is ´done with it´. I remember the first graphic novels of Barbara Stok, they were also full of parties and I got bored, but when she got somewhat older, the topics changed and her books gained in depth story wise. (allthough I do feel she is now touching on subjects that need more depth from her such as death and she is experimenting with totally different kind of books). Well anyway, I am sort of hoping the same thing will happpen with Brecht Evens. Grow up quickly and then make another one. I´d probably 5 star it.
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    This is an interesting book. Unusual and amazing art that sets a tone and communicates meaning at the same time. An uncomfortably accurate and poignant portrayal of real people and real lives. And a plot that isn't much of a story. It seems the book exists to capture and compare characters more than share particular events. It does that quite effectively and evocatively, but I ultimately wasn't sure what it was saying or what I should take away from it.The book goes through three acts. The first This is an interesting book. Unusual and amazing art that sets a tone and communicates meaning at the same time. An uncomfortably accurate and poignant portrayal of real people and real lives. And a plot that isn't much of a story. It seems the book exists to capture and compare characters more than share particular events. It does that quite effectively and evocatively, but I ultimately wasn't sure what it was saying or what I should take away from it.The book goes through three acts. The first is set at a party in Gary's apartment, and we get a painfully tangible sense of his social awkwardness as he tries to host and mingle. Everyone ends up leaving in a disappointed rush when they learn that Gary's friend Robbie won't be joining them. The second act follows life-of-the-party Robbie during a night out on the town of dancing, drinking, and sex. He lives life to the fullest and everyone is magnetically drawn to his charismatic zest and good spirits. The third act is another night on the town, with Gary and Robbie hanging out together. We see the strength of their friendship and a supreme example of their differences.Through it all, we see positive and negative aspects to both young men, particularly as we see their impact on others. But I can't say I felt there was an endorsement for either or a preference for one over the other, which left me puzzled.
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  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    This is an interesting book. Unusual and amazing art that sets a tone and communicates meaning at the same time. An uncomfortably accurate and poignant portrayal of real people and real lives. And a plot that isn't much of a story. It seems the book exists to capture and compare characters more than share particular events. It does that quite effectively and evocatively, but I ultimately wasn't sure what it was saying or what I should take away from it. --- The book goes through three acts. The This is an interesting book. Unusual and amazing art that sets a tone and communicates meaning at the same time. An uncomfortably accurate and poignant portrayal of real people and real lives. And a plot that isn't much of a story. It seems the book exists to capture and compare characters more than share particular events. It does that quite effectively and evocatively, but I ultimately wasn't sure what it was saying or what I should take away from it. --- The book goes through three acts. The first is set at a party in Gary's apartment, and we get a painfully tangible sense of his social awkwardness as he tries to host and mingle. Everyone ends up leaving in a disappointed rush when they learn that Gary's friend Robbie won't be joining them. The second act follows life-of-the-party Robbie during a night out on the town of dancing, drinking, and sex. He lives life to the fullest and everyone is magnetically drawn to his charismatic zest and good spirits. The third act is another night on the town, with Gary and Robbie hanging out together. We see the strength of their friendship and a supreme example of their differences. --- Through it all, we see positive and negative aspects to both young men, particularly as we see their impact on others. But I can't say I felt there was an endorsement for either or a preference for one over the other, which left me puzzled.
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