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Aya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet

Aya: Life in Yop City

by Marguerite Abouet

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I love every single one of the Aya books and I wish there were more. The artwork by Clement Oubrerie is so bursting with colour and life that I can almost hear the noise of the busy, bustling Yop City and feel the warmth of the West African sun on my pasty Canadian skin.

Abouet said she wanted to counter the negative stereotypes of Africa she saw repeated over and over in the media with the happy memories of her childhood in prosperous 1970's Cote d'Ivoire, and she succeeded. Yop City seems like a place full of the warm, tight-knit family and social bonds that so many of us in Western society now lack. Happiness beams through on every funny and entertaining page and you feel good when you're reading an Aya book. When you're finished, you feel a pang and wish there were ten or twenty more to read.

Highly recommended! ( )
  EnidaV | Oct 22, 2015 |
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"Ivory Coast, 1978. It's a golden time, and the nation--an oasis of affluence and stability in West Africa--seems fueled by something wondrous. Aya is loosely based upon Marguerite Abouet's youth in Yop City. It is the story of the studious and clear-sighted 19-year-old Aya, her easygoing friends Adjoua and Bintou, and her meddling relatives and neighbors. It's a wry soap opera revolving around the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City"--Cover p. [4].… (more)

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