Sunday, March 22, 2009


Rutu Modan
Drawn & Quarterly
174 pages
ISBN: 978-1-897299-83-8

In Exit Wounds, Rutu Modan tells the story of Koby's search for his father to whom he hasn't talked for a long time. Koby works as a taxi driver in Tel Aviv when Numi, a young woman and member if the IDF*, asks him for a private conversation in which she tells him of a terrorist attack in Hadera. Apparently one of the victims' bodies was so badly burned he could not be identified and so far no one came to identify him. Though Koby at first is not at all interested in finding out whether the unidentified victim is indeed his father, he ends up on helping Numi search for his father.

While I believe the story had great potential, the author wrecked it. I hated the fact that the characters used fowl language several times throughout the book, and it certainly could have done without anyone undressing.

What made up for some of these things were the last few pages where Koby visits Numi at her family's home again after their search has ended. They had an argument before they found Koby's father, and Numi left, but after a while Koby decided he had to see Numi again to talk to her.

Reating: 2/5

*IDF = Israel Defense Forces

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