The Arab of the Future 2: A Chilldhood In the Middle East, 1984-1985 by Riad Sattouf
(Please forgive the coffee stain.)
A good line or two:
That last panel, where he's called on and it turns all red. LOVE it. (p 103)
Got me thinking about:
How on earth he remembers so much about his childhood! And how so very good he is at capturing a child's logic and point of view without getting twee or condescending.
About what's going on in Syria these days... Ugh. And how I almost went to do a Modern Standard Arabic program there one summer during college but decided to go back to Morocco instead. In some ways I wish I'd gone, to have seen it. Not that this book's portrayal of village life in Syria reads like travel advertisement in any way but still.
Greedily. I always have to force myself to sloooooooow doooooown when reading graphic novels. I'm a word person first and foremost, so it's tempting for me to just read it as quickly as I can. But what a terrible way to enjoy a graphic novel! The pictures of course tell half the story, if not more.
P.S. This is the second book in a series. I can't wait for the rest!