Author: Craig Thompson
Genre: Graphic Novel
Length: 672 pages
I’m not really sure how to review Habibi. It wasn’t like anything I’ve ever read before. It tells the story of Dodola and Zam, two child slaves who find freedom in each other. Dodola, only 9 years older than Zam, raises him in the desert until they are suddenly torn apart. Weaved in between their story are the stories of the Koran (familiar to all of us of Abrahamic religions).
Habibi is harsh and sad and beautiful all at the same time. Unlike Thompson’s other books, I read it very slowly, savoring the details. The art is incredible – half the emotion is in the images. Seriously, just look at that cover! (even the librarian commented on it when I checked it out). And the amount of research that must have gone into this book is amazing.
The book never went where I thought it was going to go, and there were some real surprises that completely changed my perspective.
Habibi is not for the faint of heart. But it really is a beautiful story despite its shocking realness.
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Dodola learning to write.