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Aya by Marguerite Abouet
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Kirjan piirrokset ovat taiteellisesti erittäin korkeatasoisia. Draaman kaari ei kuitenkaan erityisesti säväytä. Teos tuo afrikkalaisesta kulttuurista esiin länsimaisen silmin joitain yllättäviä piirteitä. ( )
  JonPoh | Dec 11, 2014 |
This was wonderful, a slice-of-life look at Ivory Coast in 1978, and three friends, young women, two of whom are interested in romantic adventures and one of whom is serious about her studies. I just loved having a glimpse into everyday life in urban Africa during peacetime. (Sad to think about what lay in Ivory Coast's future.) Details I noticed--how the various families in the city have living with them cousins from the villages in the countryside, how the girls do washing in tubs in the courtyard of the house, what the secret rendezvous point for lovers looked like--stuff like that--plus how an unexpected pregnancy is handled. And at the back of the book are some recipes, plus how to tie a pagne (wrap-around skirt, but also used for a wrap-around headscarf). ( )
  FrancescaForrest | May 12, 2014 |
This was wonderful, a slice-of-life look at Ivory Coast in 1978, and three friends, young women, two of whom are interested in romantic adventures and one of whom is serious about her studies. I just loved having a glimpse into everyday life in urban Africa during peacetime. (Sad to think about what lay in Ivory Coast's future.) Details I noticed--how the various families in the city have living with them cousins from the villages in the countryside, how the girls do washing in tubs in the courtyard of the house, what the secret rendezvous point for lovers looked like--stuff like that--plus how an unexpected pregnancy is handled. And at the back of the book are some recipes, plus how to tie a pagne (wrap-around skirt, but also used for a wrap-around headscarf). ( )
  FrancescaForrest | May 12, 2014 |
Perfekt! ( )
  puchrojo | Nov 27, 2013 |
An enjoyable graphic novel that follows Aya, a teen in Ivory Coast, and her friends. It has an initial light feel that becomes more grim, as well as less-overt representation of problematic societal themes, such as corruption and the commodification of women. The teens are realistically portrayed, the action moves alone, and the graphics are colorful and have a lot of motion. I tend to prefer graphic novels that have the same author/illustrator, but this was a pleasing example of a collaboration. I'd like to read the others in this series as well. ( )
1 vote OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Aya tells the story of the studious and clear-sighted young woman, her easy-going friends Adjuoa and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors in the golden time of the Ivory Coast in 1978.

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