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Exit Wounds (英語) ハードカバー – 2007/6/7
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Set in modern-day Tel Aviv, Exit Wounds is the first graphic novel to be published in Britain by one of Israel's best-known cartoonists.
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 not only piecing together the last few months of his father's life, but his entire identity.
With thin, precise lines and luscious watercolours, Modan creates a portrait of modern Israel, a place where sudden death mingles with the slow dissolution of family ties.
" Her painstakingly detailed work, rich with intricate patterns and delightful designs, are instantly recognizable. " -- The Jerusalem Post商品の説明をすべて表示する
I'm quite pleased that I got it.
The art is, as others have noted, rather bland, but once you get into the rhythm of the narrative and dialogue, you find that the blandness serves well the story of a young man, Koby, who is forced to face his father when a young woman, Numi, comes to tell him that his father may have been killed.
What follows is a subtle love story and social commentary that happens on several levels that occurs while Koby and Numi try to find the answer of what happened to Koby's father and it is done in a style that is sparse and never overbearing.
The only reason why I knocked it down to 4 stars is that there were a few areas that I wished had been lingered on more (ex: Ruth, his aunt) rather than devoting time to Numi's mother and sister, but that's a personal quibble that other readers may not find to be a distraction at all.