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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange, funny, and thought-provoking, 13 Feb 2012
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Eleanor (Oxford, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jamilti And Other Stories (Hardcover)
In these graphic short stories, translated from the Hebrew, Rutu Modan presents a strange world almost like our own but with the feeling that things are slightly off kilter. The colours are rich and gorgeous with rather blobby, sometimes grotesque-looking, characters. The stories were all written between 1998 and 2007 and I enjoyed Modan's different styles and ways of presenting her drawings; 'Homecoming' for example consists only of single-page panels and 'Bygone' employs slightly smudged pencil lines.

'The Panty Killer' is a twisted police procedural, 'Bygone' is set in a bizarre theme hotel, and 'King of the Lillies' (which is bathed in golden tones) tells the story of an obsessive plastic surgeon in bygone Sweden. Two of the stories, 'Jamilti' and 'Homecoming', deal with the fact of living in a country with suicide bombers and air attacks in a thoughtful and thought-provoking way. My favourite story was 'Your Number One Fan' about a failed Israeli singer who is invited to play a gig in Sheffield; I laughed out loud at the gap between his expectation and the reality.

Having thoroughly enjoyed this collection, I look forward to reading Modan's graphic novel Exit Wounds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Death in Tehran, 8 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Jamilti And Other Stories (Hardcover)
"Jamilti and Other Stories" is a collection of Rutu Modan's stories from her early career up until the publication of "Exit Wounds". The stories range from whimsy (King of the Lillies, about a plastic surgeon who falls for a beautiful girl who disappears and the surgeon spends his days making every woman he works on to look like the girl who disappeared) to the strange (a story about a serial killer who puts underpants on the heads of all the victims) to the contemporary (Jamilti is about a bombing in a cafe).

The stories all contain immediately compelling characters from the fringes of society like a struggling musician or a psychic. There wasn't a story here I didn't like. There were a couple of stories about people looking to find out who their parents were which were all touching and clever. There was also a strange story about a plane that circles a Kibbutz whose owners believe it's flown by their missing son. That was probably the best story out of many great stories in this book.

Rutu Modan's drawing style might not be to everyones' tastes. Some might see it as too simplistic or child like but it's deceptively simple approach makes it's serious subject matter all the more striking as you're reading it. The tone of the stories are perfect in each and all are fascinating reads. Highly recommended, as is "Exit Wounds".
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Sequential art comes of age, 28 Oct 2008
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Simon Barrett "Il penseroso" (london, england) - See all my reviews
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Devastating! The Paula Rego of comix!! The product of 15 years' work, these subtle, poignant, painful parables, that defy paraphrase, are more a work of art than so-called 'comic strips' - and such strong scenarios (in the French sense of both situation AND plot).
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