In this post, we explore Aya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie’s (Drawn & Quarterly). Aya: Life in Yop City is a novel. Aya of Yop City has ratings and reviews. leynes said: For the residents of Yopougon, everyday life is good. It is the early s, a golden tim. Aya has ratings and reviews. Zanna said: I read the introduction uncomfortably. Abidjan in the period when Aya’s story is set is painted as a bri.

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Years later, after becoming a novelist for young adults, Abouet was drawn to telling the story of the world she remembered Marguerite Abouet was born in in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in Western Africa.

Aya of Yop City

It is an attractively drawn and entertaining view of this country in transition, with a focus on Aya and her mostly girl friends Yeah, but like this is from a golden moment in Hop Coast’s past.

So fun and interesting!

May 22, Robert Weinstein rated it really liked it. Ivory Coast, slice of life stories, and you get the feel of the place in the seventies Aya is an independent woman who I read the first Aya book after several years of avoiding comics and really enjoyed it. The story continues to revolve around three teenage girls living in the Ivory Coast circa the late 70s.

Because Aya TOTALLY dangles a bunch of heavy shit in front of the audience — violence, class struggle, gay rights, gender roles, capitalism, despotism, and domestic abuse — and then plays the whole thing off like a sitcom. Ice Haven Case Study: Adjoua becomes pregnant after sleeping with Mamadou, a good looking boy, but a lazy bum. vity

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

Many of the characters face problems with infidelity and dishonesty in their narratives—whether they are the perpetrators or the victims, their paths eventually cross in more ways than one, often not in good ways in the sense that they are often manipulated by or manipulating each other. People of New York v. Show the world what comic books are for, how to use them, and what to avoid! The one female character, Aya, who is beauty and brains, is well respected, but her aspirations fall on deaf ears most of the time.


Controlling, abusive husbands who run around on their wives, verbal abuse everywhere, physical abuse between friends, homophobia – alright, I’m white. To ask other readers questions about Aya of Yop Cityplease sign up. Abouet knows what she is talking about and it shows. Mar 06, Blair rated it really liked it. Evaluate what is told through prose and what is revealed through images in each of the subplots. Teen pregnancy prevention tips and resources: Just because women were are?

It also ended with a very loud bang and I’m dying to dive into vol 3. Aya can pretty much be summed up with the two-page interview with the author from the afterword. This page was last edited on 1 Septemberat Looking forward to reading Aya: Too bad its dull style prevents it from being the masterpiece it could have been, in the league of “Waltz with Bashir” or “Approved for Adoption”.

This is like looking for a machete in a manioc field.

While Aya wants to break stereotypes and go to medical school, Adjoua finds herself pregnant and faces life as a single mother, and Bintou hopes to find a rich Frenchman to take her away from the quiet life of Abidjan to the more fashionable and exciting life of Paris; The status of women in the Ivory Coast and the challenges the young women face in their quest to advance their lot and roles; The struggles of men to preserve their roles as women strive for greater rights and freedoms; The importance and frailties of loyalty, friendship, family, and commitment; The role of class and gender in Abidjan; The challenges of dealing with unwanted pregnancies; The stresses and the comforts of strong families and small communities.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Nov 24, Zanna rated it really liked it Shelves: And I get Abouet’s point, but I also kind of think she’s trying to have her cake and eat it too.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux Your son has to give her [Adjodua] money every month. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Discuss how Aya and her mother were similar and different, especially when it came to dealing with Ignace and his infidelities. Got this from the library today but I didn’t realize it was the second in the series! This story reflects this hope. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization; adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.


Refresh and try again. Retrieved December 12, So she went searching for him eventually finding him on the side of the street homeless. As noted in the introduction, however, there are no doubt, classrooms that will be well served with the content, language and structure of this story, as well as its glimpse at life in the s Ivory Coast. Only when I went to record it, did I see that this is 2 in the series.

I still think the marketing of this series overstates its supposed lightheartedness and positivity in a major way; yes, it’s set in Africa without including war, abject poverty, sickness, etc. I picked this sequel up after a few years of reading hundreds and hundreds of comic books and found it to be not at all what I was expecting it to be. Fun graphic novel following the lives and loves of three young women in Cote D’Ivoire. Jul 07, Debbie rated it really liked it Shelves: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

With regard to Africa, the media fail in this mission.

So, it isn’t too surprising that I was a little disoriented at aja. I unde I’ve read Love in Yop City before I never reviewed it, so I’ll be re-reading it for that and my thoughts haven’t really changed – as interesting as I find it, as much as I enjoy reading about other cultures and appreciate the communal spirit evident in Abouet’s book, Yop City in the late s is not somewhere I’d want to live as a woman.

Life in Yop City themes include:. Paired Reading Suggestions Aya: This boom led to the creation of the middle class. I didn’t like any characters besides Aya, who is intelligent and strong female character in this male dominated society.

All of the characters are connected by the main character, Aya, as she assists and helps them through their various dilemmas and daily issues.