logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
Aya - Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie
Aya
by: (author) (author)
3.37 115
"That's what I wanted to show in Aya: an Africa without the . . . war and famine, an Africa that endures despite everything because, as we say back home, life goes on." --Marguerite AbouetIvory Coast, 1978. Family and friends gather at Aya's house every evening to watch the country's first... show more
"That's what I wanted to show in Aya: an Africa without the . . . war and famine, an Africa that endures despite everything because, as we say back home, life goes on." --Marguerite AbouetIvory Coast, 1978. Family and friends gather at Aya's house every evening to watch the country's first television ad campaign promoting the fortifying effects of Solibra, "the strong man's beer." It's a golden time, and the nation, too--an oasis of affluence and stability in West Africa--seems fueled by something wondrous. Who's to know that the Ivorian miracle is nearing its end? In the sun-warmed streets of working-class Yopougon, aka Yop City, holidays are around the corner, the open-air bars and discos are starting to fill up, and trouble of a different kind is about to raise eyebrows. At night, an empty table in the market square under the stars is all the privacy young lovers can hope for, and what happens there is soon everybody's business.Aya tells the story of its nineteen-year-old heroine, the studious and clear-sighted Aya, her easygoing friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors. It's a breezy and wryly funny account of the desire for joy and freedom, and of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City. An unpretentious and gently humorous story of an Africa we rarely see-spirited, hopeful, and resilient--Aya won the 2006 award for Best First Album at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. Clément Oubrerie's warm colors and energetic, playful lines connect expressively with Marguerite Abouet's vibrant writing.
show less
Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781894937900 (1894937902)
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
Pages no: 105
Edition language: English
Series: Aya
Bookstores:
Community Reviews
Merle
Merle rated it
3.5 Aya by Marguerite Abouet
My rating of this one may not be reliable, as I have little experience with graphic novels. I'm calling it 3.5, because I enjoyed it well enough. This graphic novel is set in the urban Ivory Coast in the 1970s, following the (mis)adventures of three teenage girls from working-class families. Aya, ...
puchrojo
puchrojo rated it
5.0 Aya, Band 1
Perfekt!
Twirling Book Princess
Twirling Book Princess rated it
3.0
The book mentions this is about Aya. It isn't. Aya is just a minor character. The book is more about her friends Bintou and Adjoua. Which is a shame. I was looking forward to a story about a smart girl in Africa who is aiming to become doctor. What I got... well 2 girls who like to party, 1 ends up ...
~WhimsyLibrarian~
~WhimsyLibrarian~ rated it
5.0
Fantastically done! This novel is a charm of the Ivory Coast and you feel as if you are part of that culture---if only for the first segment. This book made me laugh so much because it reminded me of the stories my extended family use to tell when the girls would want to "sneak" out and go out danci...
Boston Bibliophile
Boston Bibliophile rated it
3.0 Aya
http://www.bostonbibliophile.com/2008/06/graphic-novel-monday-aya-by-marguerite.html
Other editions (1)
Books by Marguerite Abouet
Books by Clément Oubrerie
On shelves
Share this Book
Need help?