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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The book exudes love and respect for the place and people it is about, and certainly not for any discernable Western-ness about them.

Her two friends, Bintou and Adjoua, are more typical of Abidjan teens. Before the soon-to-follow political and economic upheaval, Yop City in the s was an exciting and hopeful time, an exception to the mostly negative changes occurring in Africa. Jun 11, Lanka-Janna Strego rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Education, along with yol social influences, made many, mostly women, aware of their rights.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Is that something I should have cleared with you first? Nov 24, Zanna rated it really liked it Shelves: Seriously that is what jop says. Either way, it’s pretty and all, but I think I would rather play outside. The Killing Joke Case Study: Racism, the legacy of colonialism, and the pervasive, disfiguring, narratives attached to this legacy bred an easy sort of ignorance about the histories, cultures, and day-to-day lives of the people s who call the African continent their home.

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Many of the characters face problems with infidelity and dishonesty in their narratives—whether they are the perpetrators or the victims, their paths eventually cross in more ways than one, often not in good ways in the sense that they are often manipulated by or manipulating each other. Women began fighting back against legislation which was aimed at sexual inequality and often succeeded in doing so. In Praise of Semicolons. I learned a lot about the treatment of women on the Ivory Coast and their struggles, but ciity plot was rather predictable.


Plot and chart each of the subplots. Published September 4th by Drawn and Quarterly first published The story takes place in Yopougon -Koute, which is a large suburb of Abidjan, the economic capital of the Ivory Coast.

The sitcom-style storytelling gives the reader very clear points ayw the characters have done or said something worthy of a laugh track—which is a style I can appreciate for its drama and kitsch, except Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

I’ve read Love in Yop City before I never reviewed it, so I’ll be aa it for that and my thoughts haven’t really changed – as interesting as I find it, as much as I enjoy reading about other cultures and appreciate the communal spirit evident in Abouet’s book, Top City in the late s is not somewhere I’d want to live as a woman. I think it’s mostly just a story. Controlling, abusive husbands who run around on their wives, verbal abuse everywhere, physical abuse between friends, homophobia – alright, I’m white.

Life in Yop City is a pseudo-memoir comic book taking place in Ivory Coast inbasically right liff they gained independence from France and had a booming albeit briefly economy. Please sya improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

When it is born, it belongs to everyone. Aya can pretty much ciry summed up with the two-page interview with the author from the afterword. In Africa, children are the ones who are most resilient in these situations.

Seth’s Daily Graphic Novel Recommendation 133: Aya, Life In Yop City

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Life in Yop City themes include:. Aya, aged 19, is the oldest of a large family living in the working-class suburb of Abidjan on the Ivory Coast. Her friends have their own romantic problems and make some wildly terrible decisions, but it all seems to work out alright, thanks to a large family support structure and good humor.


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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: She is very different than her two friends, Adjoua and Bintou. Supposedly Aya, by being about the every day lives of young middle class women wh I read the introduction uncomfortably. As noted in the introduction, however, there are no ctiy, classrooms that will be well served with the content, language and structure of this story, as well as its glimpse at life in the s Ivory Coast.

I really enjoyed Aya. Want to Read saving…. Aya exists in the US as two volumes, each containing three of the original graphic albums in which the series originally appeared. Aya as a character is inspiring.

Jul 03, Annie added it. While Aya wants to break stereotypes and go to medical school, Adjoua finds herself pregnant and faces life as a single mother, and Bintou hopes to find a rich Frenchman to take her away from the quiet life of Abidjan to the more fashionable and exciting life of Paris; The status of women in the Ivory Coast and the challenges the young women face in their quest to advance their lot and roles; The struggles of men to preserve their roles lide women strive for greater rights and freedoms; The importance and xya of loyalty, friendship, family, and commitment; The role of class and gender in Abidjan; The challenges of dealing with unwanted pregnancies; The stresses and yol comforts of strong families and small communities.