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Aya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet
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Aya: Life in Yop City (edition 2012)

by Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie, Helge Dascher (Translator)

Series: Aya (1-3)

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Graphic Novel. Ivory Coast, 1978. 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 based upon Marguerite Abouet's youth in Yop City. It is the story of the studious and clear-sighted nineteen-year-old Aya, her easygoing friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors. It's a wryly funny, breezy account of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City.… (more)
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Title:Aya: Life in Yop City
Authors:Marguerite Abouet
Other authors:Clément Oubrerie, Helge Dascher (Translator)
Info:Drawn and Quarterly (2012), Edition: 1, Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:***
Tags:Graphic Novel, 20th Century, Africa, Romance, Family, 2014, Friendship, Translated

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Aya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet (Author)

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More Aya and her friends and fam in mostly romantic scrapes! Her dad's mistress brings their two children to Aya's home; The Miss Yop Contest concludes; Bintou's dad is offered a second wife; brother Albert's mystery love is revealed. Great fun but print is too small for these old eyes. ( )
  froxgirl | Sep 14, 2020 |
Yop City is in Ivory Coast in Africa and takes place in the heyday following France leaving as the colonizing government. Loosely based on Abouet’s childhood experience, this is a comedic story of love and miscommunication, which could as easily have taken place anywhere really. The trials of love and the upwardly mobile are nearly universal. Oubrerie’s artwork highlights the comedic tone of the story and creates such distinct characters. Aya wants to become a doctor and her father wants her to marry his boss’s son. 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. Readers interested in African culture, (and specifically Ivorian) will enjoy this book. It would also appeal to readers of romantic comedy. ( )
1 vote Jessiqa | Oct 31, 2017 |
A simple and interesting tale, in cartoon form, of life faraway, in 1970s' urban Africa. ( )
  br77rino | Oct 13, 2017 |
I used this book to read volumes 2 & 3. This is a fun read and I plan to read the rest of the series. ( )
  EllsbethB | Apr 18, 2016 |
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! ( )
1 vote EnidaV | Oct 22, 2015 |
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Abouet, MargueriteAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oubrerie, ClémentIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Dascher, HelgeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pröfrock, UlrichÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Graphic Novel. Ivory Coast, 1978. 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 based upon Marguerite Abouet's youth in Yop City. It is the story of the studious and clear-sighted nineteen-year-old Aya, her easygoing friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors. It's a wryly funny, breezy account of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City.

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