In this post, we explore Aya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie’s (Drawn & Quarterly). Aya: Life in Yop City is a novel. Aya of Yop City has ratings and reviews. leynes said: For the residents of Yopougon, everyday life is good. It is the early s, a golden tim. Aya has ratings and reviews. Zanna said: I read the introduction uncomfortably. Abidjan in the period when Aya’s story is set is painted as a bri.

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The plot didn’t Only when I went to record it, did I see that this is 2 in the series. It is either A an intentional mindfuck or B borderline sociopathic. I kinda think that’s racist. Even better, the cartoonist, through the characters she has created Aya, a serious- minded high school student, and her two fickle friends Bintou and Adjouasucceeds in moving from the general to the particular, the portrait of the particular district of Yopougon being a possible extrapolation of the whole African continent, at least as it was three decades ago.

Fun graphic novel following the lives and loves of three young women in Cote D’Ivoire. All the while Adjoua is selling fritters at the market trying to provide for her son.

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 ylp that many of the situations portrayed call for.

It goes pretty much like this: Add the first question. Evaluate how difficult it was for Herve, who felt so different from the others.

The men were not monsters, but product of a culture that prizes woman’s fertility and looks hm, like american media. Most of the action in these graphic novels thus far deals with the amorous adventures of her two friends, and the various problems facing her family and various other people in her life.


In it, it contains the many contradictions that make up this particular African culture. This is an excellent graphic novel and a rich story of life in a culture I know little to nothing about. First-hand accounts are ypp much more valuable when it comes to the atmosphere and way of living in a country, than warped perceptions by the Western media. Search and discuss the use of slang, idiom, imagery, and humor. The characters in the novel used literary devices to emphasize the importance of a particular situation.

Abidjan in the period when Aya’s story is set is painted as a bright exception among African cities, and the reason given for its blossoming seems to be French influence. Trivia French visa delivered on It has been adapted into an animated film in by the same authors. Paperbackpages. If we take Yopougon as a scale model of African society, we find that it is made of machos, womanizers, cheaters, nouveaux riches, lazybones on the male side and, on the female one, man hunters.

Mar 03, Chelsea Martinez rated it really liked it. No trivia or quizzes yet. It’s well done work, but when it’s cify, you’re left wondering why she chose to just stop the narrative at such an arbitrary point.

Jan cify, Alisa rated it really liked it Shelves: Africans are as complex, human, conflicted, good and bad, as anyone anywhere. Aya’s friend Adjoua has a new baby, and everybody’s pitching in to help take care of him, although he looks rather less like the purported father than like an irresponsible bounder by the name of Mamadou. The story of Aya and her girlfriends is intricate.

It is amazing to me how big Africa is and how little I know about it and how relatively small the Kardashian family is and all the shit I know about them. Ayw book exudes love ypp respect for the place and people it is about, and certainly not for any discernable Western-ness about them.

The second instalment in the Aya series is just as fun and whimsical as the first one. Want to Read saving…. Aya is an adorably-told soap opera about people in a small community in Ivory Coast in gop ‘s. I learned a lot about the treatment of women on the Ivory Coast and their struggles, but the plot was rather predictable.


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Language, Literature cuty Language Usage Search, find, and discuss the use of metaphor throughout the book. Retrieved December 12, Which is confirmed in the – bitter – ending: Yop City is in Ivory Coast in Africa and takes place in the heyday following France leaving as the colonizing government. Fortunately, the worth of the story ends up saving the day.

Oct 31, Jessiqa rated it really liked it. I just wanted to tell a story of my childhood and make it into a soap aja. Controlling, abusive husbands who run around on their wives, verbal abuse everywhere, physical abuse between friends, homophobia – alright, I’m white. Edit Storyline In warm Ivory Coast’s working-class district of Abidjan or Yop City, the nineteen-year-old aspiring doctor, Aya, dreams of finishing her studies despite her father’s opposition.

Education, along with other social influences, made many, mostly women, aware of their rights.

Oubrerie’s artwork is difficult, as the girls are often hard to distinguish, but Abouet clues you in with enough dialogue cues to prevent the story from getting bogged down too often. Modes of Storytelling and Visual Literacy. It was really fun to learn about the Ivory Coast in the s, and I especially enjoyed the notes at the end of the story about customs like the print citg your pagne literally advertises how you’re feeling about life and love.

Aya: Life in Yop City

There are many cultural references to the s. While this is occurring, Aya’s friend Bintou begins seeing a Parisian man named Gregoire. Written by Nick Riganas.