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Taxi: Stories from the Back Seat

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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 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 their personal lives, de Jongh does too—even when it means challenging her own ideas and prejudices. Through these vulnerable—and often humorous—moments, de Jongh finds common ground with the people driving her. Taxi is an ode to taxi drivers everywhere.


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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 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 their personal lives, de Jongh does too—even when it means challenging her own ideas and prejudices. Through these vulnerable—and often humorous—moments, de Jongh finds common ground with the people driving her. Taxi is an ode to taxi drivers everywhere.

30 review for Taxi: Stories from the Back Seat

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    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 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 van dit boek. Wat een interessante conversaties had ze en wat was het leuk om al die verschillende taxichauffeurs te zien en zien hoe zij reageren op conversaties. Aanrader!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Deni

    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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matt Dodge

    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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Doris Raines

    ITS NOT SAFE RIDEING IN CAB. THESE DAYS YOU DONT WHO YOU ARE PICKING UP I REALLY THINK THERE SHOULD BE A SECURITY GUARD TO CHECK OUT FRESS THESE OUT WHY? BECAUSE THERE IS SO MANY TERROISTS TODAY WHO GOT YOUR BACK IN ThE CAB PS. CAN YOU TRUST THE CAB DRIVER ? ITS NOT SAFE RIDEING IN CAB. THESE DAYS YOU DONT WHO YOU ARE PICKING UP I REALLY THINK THERE SHOULD BE A SECURITY GUARD TO CHECK OUT FRESS THESE OUT WHY? BECAUSE THERE IS SO MANY TERROISTS TODAY WHO GOT YOUR BACK IN ThE CAB 🚕 PS. CAN YOU TRUST THE CAB DRIVER ?👸🏼

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sanne

    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!

  8. 4 out of 5

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Richards

    Excellent (but should have skipped the trite epilogue).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mariella Manfré

    Zo mooi getekend! Goed opgebouwd verhaal, en ook nog grappig!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rebus X

    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, 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, but why is she paying tribute to a wholly corrupt industry that should not exist (all the cabbies in my home town are alcoholic losers who believe they are great artists waiting to be discovered, and the industry as a whole does prey on poor black populations who have been deceived into a false pride and who won't take a bus to pick up welfare checks or spend their food stamps on groceries, making them even more poor)? Even worse, that is the point when the cabbie believes she's authentic!! Just for BEING an artist! It's really all sound bytes and fury signifying nothing, filled with mainstream media bullshit like Je Suis Charlie and fear mongering that suggests every Uber or Lyft driver is a rapist and that those good cabbies who have licenses and are validated by the establishment are being screwed (I'm sure more cabbies have raped clients than Uber drivers ever will). I'm giving it 2 stars instead of 1 (actually 0 if I could) because I liked the art, but the truth is that this is just another rich, white, elite, spoiled, solipsistic child who is merely engaging in her white privilege to complain. It's sentimental pap glorifying the halcyon days of her youth, lacking in intelligence of either the intellectual or emotional kind, and it's a portrait of the whiny solipsists of the Millenial Generation who travel the world living fabulous lives while complaining that the elder generations screwed them out of a future. Please.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ekmef

    Wat een prachtig boek zeg! In 1 adem uitgelezen maar je blijft echt nog lang nadenken over het verhaal, zoveel lagen zitten er in.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rent busjkta

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lotte Dunnell

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  17. 5 out of 5

    NielsG

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hjalmar Haagsman

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

  20. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Maluck

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tom Shapira

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yu Fung Leung

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris Browning

  26. 4 out of 5

    T K

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jason Beyer

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jonwillum Duurnenbol

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