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Daytripper

Moon, Fabio

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Daytripper
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Random House, Inc.
The acclaimed DAYTRIPPER follows Bras de Olivias Dominguez during different periods in his life, each with the same ending: his death.

DAYTRIPPER follows the life of one man, Bras de Olivias Dominguez. Every chapter features an important period in Bras’ life in exotic Brazil, and each story ends the same way: with his death. And then, the following story starts up at a different point in his life, oblivious to his death in the previous issue – and then also ends with him dying again. In every chapter, Bras dies at different moments in his life, as the story follows him through his entire existence – one filled with possibilities of happiness and sorrow, good and bad, love and loneliness. Each issue rediscovers the many varieties of daily life, in a story about living life to its fullest – because any of us can die at any moment.



Baker & Taylor
Presents key moments in the life of Brâas de Oliva Domingos, a Brazilian writer and sometime journalist, and the son of a prominent author, as if each episode would turn out to be the day in which he was about to die.

Publisher: New York, NY : DC Comics, c2011
ISBN: 9781401229696
1401229697
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC GN FIC M
Characteristics: 247 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: B̀, Gabriel
Stewart, Dave
Konot, Sean
Thompson, Craig 1975-

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Nov 08, 2014
  • gendeg rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Brás de Oliva Domingos has many lives and many deaths. Told in a series of well-paced, flowing vignettes, Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá chronicles all these lives and deaths to show how precious life is. It's a story with strong existential hues, asking the eternal question about what's really important in life. What are the moments that matter? The answer is obvious of course, but it takes not just a lifetime but many lifetimes for Brás to get to the right answer. Each replay or turn of the wheel of Brás's life is another chance for him to mull over and figure out those questions. There is no linear time here and the narrative jumps around so that we see Brás at different ages throughout. In chapter one, Brás is turning thirty-two-years-old; and then in the next chapter, he is twenty-one. At his oldest, he is seventy-six; the youngest we see him at is eleven or so. Each life focuses on some life-turning event—a budding romance; a failed relationship; the birth of a child; a life-changing trip with a friend—and is also filled with quiet moments, the moments we usually don't remember. Each chapter ends in a finite way, though the authors disrupt the pattern tellingly in the last chapter.

I think this graphic novel would have worked better for me if it weren't so mawkishly sentimental and focused so obsessively on this one, single character. Each inevitable death that comes feels more and more diminished and the repetition becomes tiresome, decreasing rather than increasing the tragedy and melancholy for me.

Still, Daytripper is a lofty idea conceptually and an even better story executed in visual form. The dreamy watercolor panels are beautifully drawn and filled in. I found myself thinking, yes, life as a watercolor painting is pitch-perfect here, the way memories and events seem to soak, deepen, bleed, and fade.

Sep 24, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

ALmost all of the interwoven short stories ends with the same gimmick, it's not very well executed as narrative, and gets tired. The art is ok and if you are looking for more serious alternative story telling in comics you might like this more than I did. 40 years ago it would have been groundbreaking. Today it need more work.

May 29, 2012
  • artisticschmidt rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the best graphic novels I have read in a long time. Great storytelling and solid plot. It'll leave you wondering.

Jul 18, 2011
  • Vylotte rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Poignant and powerful, this is the story of a life, told through vignettes of some of our most important days: the birth of a child, meeting loves, and facing death. More importantly, it's about living your life even though death surrounds us. I picked this up because of Gabriel Ba's work on The Umbrella Academy ... this makes him a force in his own right.

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May 06, 2013
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May 07, 2012
  • Dr_Inferno rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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