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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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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh og try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The original cast of characters is back in full force, with a case of questionable paternity fanning the flames of activity in the community. The new mother Adjoua has her friends to help with the baby, perhaps employing Aya a bit too frequently, while a new romance leaves Bintou with little time for her friends, let alone their responsibilities.

Hardcoverpages. Published September 16th by Drawn and Quarterly first published September 28th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Clty ask other readers questions about Aya of Yop Cityplease sign up. Lists with This Book. For the residents of Yopougon, everyday life is good. It is the early s, a golden time – work is plentiful, hospitals are clean and well equipped, and school is obligatory.

The Ivory Coast is as an island of relative wealth and stability in West Africa. For the teenagers of the town, though, worries are plentiful, and life in Yop City is far from simple.

Yo; tells the story of its nineteen-year-old heroine, the clear-sighted and bookish Aya, and her carefree and fun-loving friends Adjoua and For the residents of Yopougon, everyday life is good. Aya tells the story of its nineteen-year-old heroine, the clear-sighted and bookish Aya, and cith carefree and fun-loving friends Adjoua and Bintou.

Navigating meddling relatives and neighbours, the girls spend a last summer of their childhood on the sun-warmed streets of Yop City – sneaking out for dancing at open-air bars, strong solibra beer, chicken in peanut sauce and avoiding at all costs the scandal pages of the Calamity Morning.

The second instalment in the Aya series is just as fun and whimsical as the first one. I could very well envision this story as a soap ov or sitcom. Marguerite Abouet doesn’t raise the claim to write a serious or sharp story, instead, Abouet gives Western readers insight into the Ivory Coast of her childhood.

With regard to Africa, the media fail in this mission. First-hand accounts are always much more valuable when it comes to the atmosphere and way of living in a country, than warped perceptions by the Western media. Nonetheless, I sometimes wish that Abouet would’ve gone more in-depth about life in the Ivory Coast. A lot of the plot devices in Aya keep repeating themselves husbands cheating on their wives, husbands not wanting to take responsibility for their children, young girls trying to break out and have first relationshipsI crave for something new.

Nov 17, Bookishrealm rated it really liked it Shelves: Here’s my full review: I’m already reading the 3rd book it was so fo good! Dec 31, Sam Quixote rated it it was ok. I read the first Aya book after several years of avoiding comics and really enjoyed it. The artwork was fresh, the story though somewhat soap opera-ish was enjoyable, and the world seemed familiar to Westerners yet distinctively African. 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.

The artwork is ok but the story is just too slight to make up icty entire book. Aya is an independent woman who I read the first Aya book after several years of avoiding comics and really enjoyed it. Aya is an independent woman who isn’t throwing her life away too early by becoming a single mother and then abandoning hope of a career or a life outside of Yop City.

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Commendable but then she doesn’t really do much else but observe her friends and family doing the opposite. Her friend is pregnant – but who’s the father?

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Her dad’s having an affair! And that’s about it. Some romantic misunderstandings and it feels very much like a comic book version of your average soap – slight, brainless, and ultimately a waste of time.

I wanted to like this series but having discovered a wealth of comic books available that offer far more substantial content, I’ve found that “Aya of Yop City” isn’t one of them. Feb 20, Michael rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Marisa Tasser, Jonie Koha. It is wonderfully evocative of the spirit, sense of humour, environment, culture, and people of this region. That being said, I would have all the same enjoyed this graphic novel even if I hadn’t.

For anyone who may be curious about contemporary Africa, I would recommend this to them without reservation. Eine super Serie, bei der man einfach mitfiebern muss. May 07, Leslie Reese rated it really liked it Shelves: In this the 2nd installment of a series of graphic novels written by Marguerite Abouet and illustrated by Clement Ouberie, the plot from the 1st book thickens and this one ends with a great soap-operatic cliff-hanger!

Aya of Yop City (Aya #2) by Marguerite Abouet

In the interview Abouet talks about having been raised in Abidjan until the age of or, when she and her brother were sent to ayaa in France. I enjoyed this second volume in the series: I still oof 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.

Acting like the event I enjoyed this second volume in the series: Acting like the events of this series aay the brightest and most hopeful story ever told about Africa misstates the contents of the books and isn’t a very positive statement about Africa either.

Rounding down to three stars for the abrupt ending; fortunately, you’re most likely to read this volume as part of an omnibus, as I did, so you can move right along to the third in the series. I have been wanting to read this graphic novel for quite a while and I finally found it at my local library. Now, isn’t that always the way? The story of Aya and her girlfriends is intricate. It takes a while to learn to differentiate between the characters and know who’s who.

It becomes easier as you learn about all the character’s motivations really quickly. This is an interesting insight into the Ivory Coast of the 70’s – when clty country was experiencing an economic boom – and a cultural his I have been wanting to read this graphic novel for quite a while and I finally found it at my local library.

Aya of Yop City

This is an interesting insight into the Ivory Coast of the 70’s – when the country was experiencing an economic boom – and a cultural history of sorts. The drawings are suited to the story, but I find the bug-eyedness of the drawn people rather off putting as it makes them look a little alien-like. An easy and enjoyable read.

Oct 01, Elie rated it it was ok. The artwork in this graphic novel set in Cote d’Ivoire makes this book worth reading. The plot started mid-way in the usual comic book cycle and there wasn’t enough character differentiation to hold a rather jarred storyline peppered with the usual Ata stereotypes: I would look through the pictures in the other installments, but otherwise not bother.

Dec 19, David Schaafsma rated ypp liked it Shelves: Ivory Coast, slice of life stories, and you get the feel of the place in the seventies It is an attractively drawn and ciyy view of this country in transition, with a focus on Aya and her mostly girl friends Mar 06, Blair rated it really liked it. I started here without having read the first book, but it didn’t matter.

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Aya: Life in Yop City

This is charming slice of life set in the Ivory Ykp in the s. The characters are well drawn, both figuratively and literally, and there is a nice sense of humour on display. Visually it’s a little reminiscent of Joann Sfar’s work, but it also brought to mind Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar stories.

Mar 06, Lucinda rated it liked it Shelves: The second in a series translated from French, this graphic novel details the life story of a teenage girl growing up in a working class neighbourhood of Abidjan Ivory Coast in the s prior to the current issues of civil war, corruption and economic collapse that this country has faced for the last 30 years. Well, really this story tells very little about Aya I see her as being more of a foil for her friends than an actual person inhabiting these stories, but maybe that will change as the The second in a series translated from French, ayaa graphic novel details the life story of a teenage oyp growing up in a working class neighbourhood of Abidjan Ivory Coast in the s prior to the current issues of civil yo, corruption and economic collapse that this country has faced for the last 30 years.

Well, really this story tells very little about Aya I see her as being more of a foil for her friends than an actual person inhabiting these stories, but maybe that will change as the series progresses. Most of the action in these graphic novels thus far deals with the amorous adventures of her two friends, and the various problems facing her family and various other people in her life. Both of Aya’s friends are building their futures through the ‘plan’ of finding a man – and neither are having much success.

One ended up saddled with a baby and no real father to provide for her and her child, and the other finds herself continually duped by men who will play her for a fool and there are apparently a lot of this type of man in Ivory Coast.

The various plotlines read somewhat simplistic, but are entertaining nonetheless with a funny sense of humour that I appreciate. As for the graphic novel format – This is a graphic novel style along the lines of an Asterix or a Tintin without the crazy adventure.

What I mean by that is that the use of the graphic form is utilised only insofar as to help push a plot forward quickly and to jump around from one plotline to another with relative ease.

It also adds a bit in terms of atmosphere – the feel of being in the Ivory Coast circa – but otherwise the graphic style doesn’t do much for me. Mar 30, Akoss rated it really liked it Shelves: The second volume continues Aya and her friends adventure or misadventures. This part mostly dealt with people reaping what they sowed in volume one in terms of shenanigans and mischief. Alas I’m beginning to wonder if Bintou is just plain stupid or she thinks extremely high of herself.

I don’t know, but I hope vol 3 will give me an answer. Everything else about the book is just as enjoyable as before even though this one is not as funny as the first. It also ended with a very loud bang and I’m dyi The second volume continues Aya and her friends adventure or misadventures.

It also ended with a very loud bang and I’m dying to dive into vol 3. I just love this graphic novel series.