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Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan

Exit Wounds (2007)

by Rutu Modan

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Koby Franco is young cab driver, living in modern day Tel Aviv. Out of the blue, he receives a phone call from a female soldier, claiming his father was killed by a suicide bomber at a nearby train station. Koby has been estranged from his father for several years and at first he shrugs it off but slowly he is drawn into, finding out what happened and was this dead man really his father. The soldier also has her own mysterious agenda and together they begin a quest.
This is a terrific illustrated novel. It is hard-edged and well-crafted and becomes an unsuspecting love story, as well. The artwork is simple and muted but fits perfectly with the storyline. Highly recommended. ( )
  msf59 | Jun 18, 2014 |
In the graphic novel Exit Wounds nothing is what it seems. Set in modern day Israel it follows Numi as she convinces Koby, a taxi driver, to help her discover if her lover, Koby's father, was the unidentified victim in a recent suicide bombing. The more I think about it, the more interesting it becomes. The confusion starts with Numi who looks like a man, plain, even butch though her mother and sister are gorgeous and stylish. The location of the killing confuses everyone who thinks it was in Haifa, the most recent disaster, and has to be reminded of the lesser one in Hadera just before. Numi has delicate and fond feelings about Gabriel, the lost father whom Koby doesn't respect at all seeing him as an unreliable, self-centered lier. Gabriel, the tender lover, seems to have been a total womanizer, and the women he conquers are the dejected ones no one else wants. You can see why no one wanted them, they're old, the most disposable of humans, and Numi, though young is inappropriate in so many ways she was an easy target. Perception is everything. It's a quick and surprisingly stimulating read. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Mar 14, 2014 |
I picked this up because I loved Rutu Modan's Mixed Emotions comic/column in the New York Times. But I thought the story in this graphic novel was thin, and I didn't much care for the art. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 4, 2014 |
Read this the other day on a bus ride across the city, overall enjoyed it. I liked the art and the story, but often it seemed that the characters weren't properly reacting to their situation, either they had anger problems or there was more going on than what I picked up. ( )
  allisonneke | Dec 17, 2013 |
Story shaped around an unidentified victim of a bombing in Israel and attempts to identify him. It illustrates the traumatic effects of living in a violent world and the defenses that build up around it, both physical and psychological. Struggles with identity, family relationships, intimacy. I found it very touching, and as I often find with graphic novels, reading it was an emotional experience. This novel is based on a true story that was documented in a film by David Ofek entitled No. 17. Four stars. ( )
  mkboylan | Dec 13, 2013 |
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This astoundingly thought-provoking book is one of the best of the year, demonstrating the full power of the comic medium.
A heart-piercing, tough-minded love story.

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Set in modern-day Tel Aviv, a young man, Koby Franco, receives an urgent phone call from a female soldier. Learning that his estranged father may have been a victim of a suicide bombing in Hadera, Koby reluctantly joins the soldier in searching for clues. His death would certainly explain his empty apartment and disconnected phone line. As Koby tries to unravel the mystery of his father's death, he finds himself piecing together not only the last few months of his father's life but his entire identity.… (more)

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