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A History of Violence by John Wagner
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Jun 22, 2011

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bookshelves: in-possessions, comics-graphicnovels, adult-fictions
Read from June 20 to 21, 2011 — I own a copy

This is the graphic novel that inspired the Academy Award nominated motion picture starring Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris and William Hurt. Prior to watching the film, I never heard of this book.

In A History of Violence, Tom McKenna is a family man, a diner owner in a nameless small town in America who got his 15 minutes of fame when he thwarts a robbery at his establishment. His new-found fame draws attention of mobsters who have been looking to settle a score with him for 20 years. What follows was a series of violence.

Probably to some readers, A History of Violence which gave large slabs of flashback sequences would leave them feeling out of place. Had they been broken up and spread out a little more through the book, or told in with more brevity, its readers would have been a little more comfortable with the flashbacks.
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