Daytripper | Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá | Book Review

I’ve made up my mind this year to read 30 books, that makes it 2.5 books a month! I’ve finished 3 books already and I’m half way into the fourth too ( in case you’re curious it’s Factfulness by Hans Rosling.) I’m super satisfied with my progress so far and a with a lot of motivation from my pals and those online folks who’ve been cheering on for me (You know who you are!) I believe I can cross my goal for the year.

Daytripper written by Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá has been on my TBR list for ages, and I finally got to read it and I would say it sure was different. I sure did go on to search for more graphic novels after reading this one.

Pssst: It’s spoiler free

The Unofficial Synopsis

What happens in the life of someone who dreams to be a successful writer and writes obituaries for a living? Daytripper is the story of Brás de Oliva Domingos who tries to live a life wanting to one day be a successful author.

Brás has been writing about death for most of his professional career, or would you consider writing obituaries be more about the stories of lives of people who had been? Don’t you think writing obituaries is more about life than death?

There is no one way to live or to die.
Will the choices you make to do the former affect how you’ll do the latter?

Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá

Over due course of time would Brás know those turning moments of life that would push him to become an author? Would he recognise those moments from when he was a child, or his first kiss, a holiday, or the birth of his child, or his search for his closest friend.

My thoughts

I haven’t read many Graphic novels (The Complete Maus, Persepolis and Fun Home being the only ones) and Daytripper was different from the sorts I’ve read. The pace is quite good and it sure wasn’t easy putting it down.

I loved the way this book talks about death; or perhaps about life and moreover acceptance. In a way when I think of it, this book talks about acceptance of situations is what makes you grow and dream, and live and die.

The artwork brought the words to life, you could feel what the characters did. This book sure did speak more than words do.

It was a great way for me to look back and keep things closest to me in my mind, be thankful for stuff or circumstances and sure draws some energy and time as you begin to ponder about your dreams and forces you to pull back the layers while reading this book. It is one of those books what make death look like that pen friend you’ve always wanted to meet someday.

The distorted timeline was confusing in the beginning but after a couple chapters you begin to understand the simplicity in the story brought through by chaos. It talks about friendship, your life, family in a way that makes you look at them in a different light, or at times bring a smile as you relate to it or show the beauty of how things would be for all those things you’ve dreamt.

Recommendation:

I wouldn’t recommend this book to someone who would want to take the first step into the world of Graphic novels (The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman would be a great first read though.)

There are a few parts with a bit of nudity, so not exactly sure if kids should be reading it.

We wanted that feeling that life was happening right there, in front of every one of us, and we were living it.
And we did live it.
And sometimes we die to prove that we lived

Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá

And I would strongly recommend this one if you are looking for a light read and would enjoy answering a few questions about life or death as a matter of fact too, and the beauty of it is that you could even smile at the thought of impending death!

Well, until then
Grow wiser a day at a time!

All the pictures are from the Book itself

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