Book from the Ground

Book from the Ground Twenty years ago I made Book from the Sky a book of illegible Chinese characters that no one could read Now I have created Book from the Ground a book that anyone can read Xu BingFollowing his class

  • Title: Book from the Ground
  • Author: Xu Bing
  • ISBN: 9789868786011
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Twenty years ago I made Book from the Sky, a book of illegible Chinese characters that no one could read Now I have created Book from the Ground, a book that anyone can read Xu BingFollowing his classic work Book from the Sky, the Chinese artist Xu Bing presents a new graphic novel one composed entirely of symbols and icons that are universally understood XuTwenty years ago I made Book from the Sky, a book of illegible Chinese characters that no one could read Now I have created Book from the Ground, a book that anyone can read Xu BingFollowing his classic work Book from the Sky, the Chinese artist Xu Bing presents a new graphic novel one composed entirely of symbols and icons that are universally understood Xu Bing spent seven years gathering materials, experimenting, revising, and arranging thousands of pictograms to construct the narrative of Book from the Ground The result is a readable story without words, an account of twenty four hours in the life of Mr Black, a typical urban white collar worker Our protagonist s day begins with wake up calls from a nearby bird and his bedside alarm clock it continues through tooth brushing, coffee making, TV watching, and cat feeding He commutes to his job on the subway, works in his office, ponders various fast food options for lunch, waits in line for the bathroom, daydreams, sends flowers, socializes after work, goes home, kills a mosquito, goes to bed, sleeps, and gets up the next morning to do it all over again His day is recounted with meticulous and intimate detail, and reads like a postmodern, post textual riff on James Joyce s account of Bloom s peregrinations in Ulysses But Xu Bing s narrative, using an exclusively visual language, could be published anywhere, without translation or explication anyone with experience in contemporary life anyone who has internalized the icons and logos of modernity, from smiley faces to transit maps to menus can understand it.

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    Xu Bing

    Xu Bing is a Chinese born artist who lived in the United States for eighteen years Currently residing in Beijing, he used to serve as the vice president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts He is most known for his printmaking skills and installations pieces, as well as his creative artistic use of language, words, and text and how they have affected our understanding of the world.

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    • Absolutely original graphic novel composed entirely of emojis and/wingdings or whatever. A very simple day in the life of a young white collar worker waking up, going to the bathroom -- oh damn it looks like all the emoticons I embedded in a quick little review of this didn't come through and the whole thing was truncated. Anyway, a charming little tale told in a new way that can probably be read by anyone regardless of language -- the author is Chinese. I only failed to catch the drift of somet [...]

    • Such an innovative book. This book is the 2014 version of Esperanto--a universal language that all can understand. They don't need any specialized training either, because they already know how to read everything in here.Xu Bing's Book from the Ground is composed entirely of symbols, emojis, emoticons, whatever you want to call them. It's fascinating, though, because symbols have traditionally been quite arbitrary, but in this case they generally are clear in their meaning. This is somewhat trou [...]

    • The author narrates here 24 hours in the life of a white collar. From one morning to the next. The story in itself is very basic, but not without humour.What is really interesting about this book is not the story itself, but how it is told. Not a single word, only pictures. It brings us back to the roots of writting.I am not surprised that it is a Chinese who wrote this book. After all, it is exactly like this that the Chinese written language started, with pictures representing ideas. These pic [...]

    • I'll give the author one star for what is a clever idea a book with no words, only symbols and images telling the story. Except, there is no story. The main "character" (there aren't really characters, either) gets out of bed and then he takes a shower, and then he goes into his closet and decides between the blue shirt and the green shirt. And then he drives to the office, and then he gets on the elevator, and then he goes to his bosses office. There are entire pages where the character plays v [...]

    • Eloise Mcallister

      (Feb 17, 2020 - 10:05 AM)

      I liked it but I think the premise doesn't make sense, and isn't necessarily that desirable. A book that everyone understands in the exact same way probably doesn't say that much

    • I was skeptical at first, thinking it would be difficult to understand the story as it's a book written only using symbols and emojis. However, it's really easy to read. I also laughed a few times.

    • اليازية خليفة

      (Feb 17, 2020 - 10:05 AM)

      كتاب دون كلمات، استخدم المؤلف فيه أغلب الرموز المستخدمة في العالم الرقمي، وعكس بها يوماً في حياة رجلاستمتعت به، ولكنني لن أقرأ شيئا كهذا إلا إذا كان موضوعا مبتكرا وغير اعتيادي

    • Interesting artistic approach; An original way of writing and nice lay-out and choice of paper. I loved the huge presence of Chinese culture in this book, even though it's not described, I can really feel it. Personally I would have liked a more in depth story instead of the 'description' of 24 hours in the life of a man.

    • This "novel", which is completely devoid of the written word, shows - in painstaking detail - a typical work day (including the sleepless night hat follows) of a nameless single, male office guy in China. We see him having digestion problems, fixing his breakfast (popcorn and milk, after the toast burns to ash, because an delivery distracts him), commuting to work, reading and answering a lot of private mail, searching the web for a mate, going for coffee, going for lunch, doing a presentation, [...]

    • This book is not that interesting, but in a sort of interesting way. Perhaps a universal book is of limited interest, because the kinds of stories that can be told are not very rich–indeed, many of the jokes required quite a lot of context, and perhaps stories without sufficient context are not terribly interesting. However, my guess is that it's less interesting because the pictographs had to be simple, and it was difficult to explain complex ideas, and because it was difficult to introduce a [...]

    • I like strange books, so I bought a copy of this after reading about it on the Internet.Instead of symbols or icons, I'd say this book is written in pictures. After all, many of the 'icons' are mini-sized pictures, although the majority is emojis. Whatever it is, there are no words; but the book is still very easy to understand.Quite to my surprise, the story is not plain. It's rather humorous, and can be understood by anyone who lives in the city and knows about work life. Recommended for an un [...]

    • I got this in Belgium, with the title Histoire Sans Mots. I did a bit of semiotics in uni so this is up my alley. The story itself's nothing to write home about; it's a day in the life of someone with an easy life. Most of the humour is Peter Kay-style observational humour, like deleting an email from a charity or committing a faux pas. There's no words, and no conflict/resolution setup. It's a piece of design more than a novel, and as such I think the best purpose for it is to set the stage for [...]

    • This book doesn't have any words. It's entirely symbols and can be read by anyone in any language. It's weird once you get the hang of it and realize you're engrossed in a story in a "language" you've never read before comprised of emoticons, icons, and common signs and symbols. The story chronicles 24 hours in the life of a typical white collar worker in a city, and is actually laugh out loud funny at times. You have to see this for yourselfere's nothing really like it out there.

    • This was extremely well done. It was also rather depressing in terms of how broad of an audience I imagine must be able to relate to it -- even a busy day in a life can be boiled down to a few dozen pages of emoji. While nothing consequential really "happens" in the story, it is gripping for its humanness, and is once or twice quite poetic as well. Very glad I picked this one up.

    • A really interesting graphic novel, the artist claims that anyone can read it because it's just symbols, no words. But there were a few symbols I didn't recognize and if someone isn't familiar with emojis there will be some confusion.

    • This book required a surprising amount of concentration but it's a fun thing to read. I understood most of it, I think! It's almost better when read with another person, because you might understand what images they don't and vice versa. Either way, it's a fun read.

    • Gína Williamsdóttir

      (Feb 17, 2020 - 10:05 AM)

      Everyone should experience this book.

    • This is brilliant. Written entirely in icons, emojis and other graphical characters. Laugh out loud funny - plus you can read it in about an hour!

    • A work of art. A tale of modern life written entirely in computer icons and logos. Xu Bing has a sly sense of humor, but "humor" is not the right way to label this book.

    • Amazingly great book!!! Loved it so much that I re-read it now five times! It's quite eccentric and a must read(look since there are no words)

    • Cool idea. (Stupid story.)

    • Really engaging story told in emojis about the 24 hours of one guy's day. Loved the humour. In a way, it transcends language barriers but is probably more easily understood by urbanites.

    • Written entirely in emoji. I liked the emails best.

    • Quirky fun.

    • Me encantó, como puedes imaginar, no tengo palabras. Buenísimo

    • Interesting concept (+1 star). However, it proves that just because you *can* read something, it doesn't mean that it is necessarily worth reading

    • I love emojis :-) so I really tried to like this. Turns out it's incredibly annoying to read an entire novel written this way. But thumbs up for doing it ;-)

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