The Park Bench by Christophe Chabouté

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Read The Park Bench Online Free - 'An incredibly lovely book. Beautiful, kind, witty and calm.' Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing With Feathers

Chabouté's enchanting story of a park bench was first published to critical acclaim in France in 2012. Faber now brings his work to the English-speaking world for the first time.

Through Chabouté's elegant graphic style, we watch people pass, stop, meet, return, wait and play out the strange and funny choreography of life. Fans of The Fox and the Star, The Man Who Planted Trees and Richard Linklater's Boyhood will find this intimate graphic novel about a simple park bench - and the people who walk by or linger - poignant, life-affirming and brilliantly original.

Title : The Park Bench
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ISBN : 0571332307
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

November 07, 2017

I have fallen in love with the talents of this amazing artist. Yes, a picture can tell a thousand words, and using a park bench, the author does just that. We have many benches in my town, along the river walk, benches that have probably seen it all. Once again using black and white pictures, we...

Nat rated it ★★★★☆

November 11, 2017

The Park Bench is full of quiet, revealing, and intimate glances into every day moments, capturing clever little details in the background. Including: romantic couples both young and old, gossiping, people watching, and so much more. This silent graphic novel speaks volumes. Marketing his English-...

Maxwell rated it ★★★☆☆

September 25, 2017

A very sweet story about a park bench and all the people that interact with it over the years. I enjoyed this graphic novel because it was able to express so much without using any words; it's 100% illustrated.

Jadranka rated it ★★★★★

November 11, 2017

destiny rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 24, 2017

I mean... from an artistic point of view, I get it, but this was not for me at all. The Park Bench is literally 300-something pages of focusing on a park bench while people of all walks of life come and go - some sitting on it, some walking past it, some interacting with one another. When interact...

Morris rated it ★★★★★

October 09, 2017

With the only words in “Park Bench” being book titles and scribbles on the bench, it is the purest form of a graphic novel. I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful this book is. No words could do it justice. I laughed and I cried and I felt despair for the human race and hope for the human r...

Tracey rated it ★★★★★

September 21, 2017

Wow. Just … wow. Say you're a park bench. A nice, traditional, roomy seat – big enough for two, or three, or four if you're friendly, shaded by a tree in a park. Every day dozens of people go by – you see joggers taking a favorite route, or people on their way to work. Some pause to tie a shoe or...

Jeimy rated it ★★★★★

September 11, 2017

This wordless graphic novel is like Mary Poppins, "practically perfect in every way." It is raw, endearing, heartwarming, and heartbreaking all in one.

Molly rated it ★★★★★

August 21, 2017

This is an absolutely astounding wordless graphic novel that chronicles the lives of several folks (and one dog) who regularly pass by a particular park bench. It beautifully captures moments of not only everyday life, but of unexpected connection and quiet revelation. Truly gorgeous.

Josh rated it ★★★★★

August 09, 2017

*Galley received from NetGalley* This is a lovely book. Told entirely in images, the actions and expressions of the characters hint at and reveal a deep story about life and connectedness. Through a focus on a single park bench, this graphic novel traces the monotony of life's repetition, as well...

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