5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Poignant and beautifully illustrated tale of millenial city-dwellers,
This review is from: Building Stories (Hardcover)
Lovingly presented box of goodies narrating, primarily, the tale of a disabled young woman navigating her way into adulthood and middle age, a journey that brings hope, disillusionment, love, despair and joy. There is something deeply intimate and poignant about the story, and it felt quite voyeuristic at times reading it. Parenthood, relationships, loss, faith - its all there.
The title itself is a nice play on words - a collection of stories taking place mostly in one specific building, but it is we, the readers, who build up the narrative, through the way in which we sequence our reading of the 14 different documents included in the box.
A couple of gripes - most of the men are pretty one dimensional: self-centred and thoughtless; none of them have the depth or complexity of the female characters. And, while Branford the neurotic bee is a mildly entertaining diversion, i was too hungry to get on with the main narrative to focus my attention elsewhere.
This is a piece of treasure to indulge in over one weekend - touching, beautifully rendered, and erring just on the right side of sentimentality. Pretty much a masterpiece.