Yes, these questions have been raised before (the most recent reminder, that of Chapter IV of Watchmen) but I've not seen the concept presented with such room to breathe. The downside is that with Seth being so non-judgmental about George Sprott we can be left feeling a little empty about him - we're not used to seeing so much detail about a character and then left to our own opinions. Also whilst the oversize format suits the scope of the subject it doesn't necessarily bring anything to the art and makes it a little cumbersome to read. Nevertheless this is an extraordinary piece of work that I feel surpasses anything he's done before. All the themes and ideas that have interested Seth regarding the struggle to make something with one's life and yearning for the past are here but George Sprott and his world are far more nuanced and the book really does succeed in conveying the random nature of memory or, as Seth suggests the non-linear nature of time.
I also loved the photographs of buildings from the story that Seth has built out of cardboard and decorated. It was a measure of how real he felt the world of Sprott. A whole life has been captured and reflected. How do you feel about it? In Store £19