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Taxi: Stories from the Back Seat

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Aimée de Jongh, one of the brightest new talents in Europe, creates her first autobiographic work, focusing on taxi rides from four cities: Los Angeles, Paris, Jakarta, and Washington, DC.

Despite the stunning and detailed streetscapes she passes, de Jongh discovers she’s more interested in the cab drivers than the view from the backseat. As the drivers slowly open up about
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 2019 by Conundrum Press
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Skye Kilaen
Mini-review: If you love a good indie graphic novel, track this down ASAP! It braids together four slice-of-life taxi rides the author took at different times in different cities. At first I couldn't tell where we were going, but de Jongh brings the plotlines together with a focus on human connections. Superb, and I look forward to reading more of de Jongh's work.
Rod Brown
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
From four seemingly random taxi rides in Los Angeles, Paris, Jakarta, and Washington, D.C., de Jongh teases out moments of genuine human connection and touches on themes like immigration, #MeToo, and being Muslim in today's world.
Ik keek al een tijdje uit naar dit boek en was dus erg verrast en blij toen ik hem in de bieb vond. Dit boek gaat over Aimée haarzelf en verschillende ritjes in taxi's in verschillende landen. Ik vond het erg goed geschreven en mijn God wat waren de tekeningen/illustraties GEWELDIG. Aimée, wauw! Ik vond het soms wel ietwat verwarrend hoe we soms van de ene taxi naar de andere gingen en dan weer terug. Maar dat is ook het enige minpuntje, verder vond ik alles heel goed en ik heb ook zeker genoten ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked Aimée de Jongh's art style, and I'm not necessarily opposed to plot-less vignettes, but this graphic novel didn't have much to say and no interesting visual scenes to observe.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four different cities from around the world, four different taxi drivers, and four different connections made by Aimee de Jongh, who has done a wonderful job capturing each and every one.
Mariella Manfré
Zo mooi getekend! Goed opgebouwd verhaal, en ook nog grappig!
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Aimee de Jongh berasal dari Belanda, di sana ia bersepeda ke mana-mana. Suatu kali Aimee pergi ke LA dan naik taksi untuk pertama kalinya. Ia merindukan percakapan dan mengajak sang sopir berbincang. Apa daya pak Sopir nampak tak ramah dan tidak menanggapi Aimee. Cerita melompat pada perjumpaan Aimee dengan pengemudi taksi lainnya di lokasi yang berbeda : Paris, Jakarta dan New York. Perjumpaan, kesan awal dan bagaimana interaksi Aimee dari belakang kursi pengemudi sungguh menarik untuk disimak.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Van autobiografische boeken of stripboeken heb ik van nature geen hoge verwachtingen, maar nadat ik De Terugkeer van de Wespendief heb gelezen en er best wel van heb genoten had ik eigenlijk iets meer van dit boek verwacht. Ik bedoel op z'n minst dat het een plot had of zo. Het hele boek gaat over de conversaties die Aimee heeft met taxichauffeurs van over de hele wereld. Maar goed, ookal was deze iets minder, ik heb ervan genoten en het is zeker wel de moeite waard.
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stories are made to be told, and yet some of the best stories can only be shown, not told. Taxi! is a graphic novella that collects four stories about the author taking a taxi ride in four different cities, and weaves them together carefully. There are moments of irony, melancholy, black comedy, anxiety and upliftment. And all in a book that took under 10 minutes to finish. Beautiful.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Strakke zwart-wittekeningen (hoewel de kaft iets anders doet vermoeden). Zeer suggestief. En let een aardige portie humor.
Het verhaaltje (4 eigenlijk, door elkaar gemixt) blijft wel niet aan je ribben kleven.
Matt Dodge
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book pre-release at the Toronto Comic Art Festival and enjoyed it immensely. The art and storytelling are evocative and sincere. I highly recommended that everyone get a copy when it becomes widely available.
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got to buy a copy of this fantastic book at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this year, and it's probably one of my most favorite purchases from the event. It's evocative and sincere, and I'm interested in reading more of Jongh's works.
Doris Raines
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: autobio, comix
A short, slice-of-life comic that interweaves 4 different taxi rides the author took in 4 different cities across the world. Vividly drawn ordinary encounters that reveal our common humanity and need for connection even in the mundane situations.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quick, simple, but meaningful read. Nice black and white artwork.
Mireille Messier
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very cleverly meshed story. It leaves you with a sense of hope. I look forward to reading more from Aimée de Jongh!
Jesse Richards
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent (but should have skipped the trite epilogue).
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
It was alright. The artwork was my favorite part.
Rebus X
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Far from possessing any depth or empathy, the author of this terrible tale is merely a shallow, empty, young girl making hollow small talk as she expresses her white privilege in the most horrifyingly exploitative manner possible: grossly costly air travel with no real purpose but to explore the world.

She uses bathos to manipulate the readers as her cabbie in Jakarta expresses a connection they share over their fathers, but the entire scene goes nowhere. It could be a simple ode to taxi drivers,
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wat een prachtig boek zeg! In 1 adem uitgelezen maar je blijft echt nog lang nadenken over het verhaal, zoveel lagen zitten er in.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book I read of Aimée de Jongh up to now. Very strong storytelling, and beautiful artwork that really evoke the different locales in the story.
Can't wait what she comes up with next!
Sander van der Heide
Leest als een short movie. Aimee weet de sfeer zo prachtig uit te beelden en uit te drukken, alsof je samen met haar op de achterbank zit. Beetje abrupt einde en ietwat zwakke epiloog.
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Aimée de Jongh (1988) begon op vroege leeftijd al met strips tekenen. Na haar middelbare school besloot ze naar de kunstacademie te gaan om haar horizon te verbreden. De studie Animatie in Rotterdam rondde ze af met haar succesvolle afstudeerfilm “One Past Two”. Nu werkt ze freelance als striptekenares, illustratrice en animator. Eerder maakte ze strips voor VPRO, NRC Next, het Parool, 7Days, Kits ...more