Aya: Life in Yop City [Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie, Helge Dascher] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Aya is an irresistible comedy . Ivory Coast, It’s a golden time, and the nation, too—an oasis of affluence and stability in West Africa—seems fueled by something wondrous. Aya is loosely. Aya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet My rating: 4 of 5 stars This French series of graphic novels by Marguerite Abouet and Clément.

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Aya lifs pretty much be summed up with the two-page interview with the author from the afterword. The illustrations are spectacular. This is kinda a soap opera type book, they dangle some issues in front of you that are just issues and characters just seem to deal with them and not make a big fuss, which I felt was annoying.

Aya best portrays this sense of yyop through her relationships with others. Oct 31, Jessiqa rated it really liked it.

Loved this soap-opera-like look at family life in s Africa. Play in new window. I mean, on some level Abouet has to be basically aware of liffe audience that she’s writing for, and that this book is going to fuck with us, so that when we ask her “Whuh-huh? Life in Yop City is a pseudo-memoir comic book taking place in Ivory Coast inbasically right after they gained independence from France and had a booming albeit briefly economy.

I really enjoyed Aya. Set in the seventies in the Ivory Coast of in? Dec 28, Aneesa S. Aya agrees, as she is always helping out her friends and family. On the other hand, the other women in the novel do not seem to be as concerned as Aya with changing their roles in society through pursuing an education and a professional level career. It’s a multi-multi-threaded narrative that’s rambunctious and cacophonic and really is a blast to read.


At the oife of twelve, she and her old brother went to stay with a great-uncle in Paris, where they further pursued their education. Search and discuss the use of slang, idiom, imagery, and humor. Maybe because this was more colorful?

Aya: Life in Yop City

Oubriere ma One of my favorite young adult soap opera comics. Discuss why some pages are multicolored and others are drawn heavily in single colors. Plot and chart each of the subplots. One of the idiosyncracies of life in Cote d’Ivoire is that every is constantly using old proverbs to make points, comfort the aa, and perpetrate savage burns.

Aya is different xity the other women in Yop City because of her dismissal of the task of finding a husband. Mar 08, Sara-Jayne rated it really liked it. Life in Yop City March 27, While the story is engaging, its richness lies in the art and in the depth of its characters. Tank Girl Case Study: Nic Cage, Voice Actor: Vity never read anything before that takes place in the Ivory Coast. While this is occurring, Aya’s friend Bintou begins seeing a Parisian man named Gregoire.

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You don’t read comic books. Love in Yop City first, but this book Aya: This book is all about saying “Don’t Judge” even as it goes about doing a hundred million things ctiy you to judge it. A great introduction to this world and these characters. In Praise of Semicolons.

An Interview with Fishball at C2E2 This boom led to the creation of the middle class. On top of all of this: The glossary ata the back of the book speaks of a famous Ivorian Coast proverb “When a baby is in the belly it belongs to the mother. This story reflects this hope. Teen pregnancy prevention tips and resources: Show the world what comic books are for, how to use them, and what to avoid!


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Aya is about 20 years old, single, beautiful, wise, naive, and soberminded. To ask other readers questions about Ayaplease sign up. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The cast of characters is somewhat large and it may take some time to keep everyone straight, but there is a very helpful chart of characters in the front of the books.

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This causes a great deal of friction with Bintou, who must now find another love interest. Crossing International Borders Advisory: Embed Code hide post details. Her girlfriends help her with the baby while un is working on her dream of opening her own maquis. There’s even a remark along the lines of “women were Western-influenced and emancipated”. Abouet, a French citizen since the age of 12, has stated gop intention to display a side of African life the Western media hop portrays: But I am seriously rubbed the wrong way by the extremely lighthearted tone used to share a not-so-lighthearted depiction of her home country, with only a handful of panels in a page volume suggesting even a modicum of the seriousness or gravity that many of the situations portrayed call for.

Theirs is a moment of burgeoning freedom, and a large part of the fun of this book is watching as the young women contend with the values of their parents and elders while forging their own identities in a rapidly changing social and economic landscape.