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


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...

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.

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...

Kirsty rated it ★★★★☆

August 27, 2017

Simple in its execution, yet filled with some lovely moments, Park bench is a contemplative graphic novel, with no words included almongside its pictures. I must admit that I'm not a great fan of the art style here, but I did feel that the black and white illustrations worked nicely, and movement...

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.

Edward rated it ★★★★★

September 20, 2017

A masterfully crated, visually poetic, provocative, wordless meditation.

Bruce rated it ★★★★☆

August 03, 2017

I received a copy of this title from the Allen & Unwin for review. Ten Second Synopsis: A longitudinal look at the life and times of a simple park bench, as seen through the eyes of those who use it. One might not expect a great deal of feels, as the young people say, to arise in a wordless stor...

Borja rated it ★★★☆☆

September 22, 2017

“The Park Bench” es un tebeo que puede resultar tan apasionante como aburrido. Un pasa páginas donde lo importante no es el propio banco del parque, sino todo que sucede en las vidas de alrededor: el paso del tiempo, las decisiones complicadas, las noticias alegres, las triste, etc. En menos de u...

Annie rated it ★★★★★

August 27, 2017

Completely without written dialogue, this book is a narrative around the fixed point of a park bench in a public park over time. The art is simple and well drawn and manages to convey a sense of atmosphere and pace with the seasons changing and the same recurring characters as time passes around...

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