Habibi

Habibi

Comic Book - 2011
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From the internationally acclaimed author of Blankets ("A triumph for the genre." -- Library Journal ), a highly anticipated new graphic novel.
 
Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and a∂ as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth--and frailty--of their connection.
 
At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375424144
0375424148
Branch Call Number: GN Thom
Characteristics: 655 p. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm

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PinesandPrejudice Jul 12, 2017

This was a weird read. I appreciated the art and the structure of the story. However it was hard for me to connect to these characters. If anything, I found the art distracting from the story because I was in such awe of the detail and amazingness of it that I would forget what was happening in the story.

It was beautiful and honest and heart-wrenching but for me, characters are a large factor and I struggled with these two main characters. I thought the history was interesting and again, the art was the best part. That's why I liked it -- not stellar but I liked it.

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WCLSDemingLibrary
Jun 01, 2017

This is a visually impressive book with heavy leather cover and gold lettering. It gave me the sense of something precious within, and I was happy to find that it was true! Craig Thompson brings the same poignant vulnerability to these exotic fictional characters that we saw in his earlier book, Blankets. The contrast between the harsh realities of child abuse and human bondage with sublime art and scriptural quotation leaves the reader fully stupefied with the incredible discrepancies of our world. It's a good story too.

AL_JOSHUAS Oct 09, 2016

I could not put this one down. It was both beautiful in writing and in its art work. Got this one at the library but I'm going to have to buy a copy of this one. It's just to wonderful not to have on the shelf. I will probably end up reading this one again before too long. So much in the art and symbolism I'm sure I didn't catch the first time around

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wildct2003
Dec 04, 2015

Very impressive work. Would like to read the story behind the story.

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romatomatoes
Sep 14, 2015

This book is deep. I need to check it out again just to fully absorb the integration of storyline with philosophical & spiritual references. A love story not just between two human beings, but between human and the Divine. Speaks also to the experience of class & gender oppressions. Gorgeous illustrations and text (lettering).

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booksmile
Mar 16, 2015

Very disturbing! I've never read a story with so much rape/non-consensual sex or prostitution in it (plus slavery and mutilation and polluted slums and...) There's is a sense of futility, fatalism, and powerlessness throughout--leaves a bitter aftertaste.
The only reason I kept reading was the bold, intricate art.

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rasha1784
Feb 01, 2015

One of my all time favorite books, this sweeping graphic novel seamlessly blends fantasy and reality, history and contemporary, romance and tragedy. Set over 19 years, two children experience slavery and freedom in Arabia. The artwork is phenomenal and even overwhelming at times. All-time favorite!

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briannek7
Dec 15, 2014

Every man in this is a rapist and/or pedophile, every woman exists to be raped or otherwise sexualized in loving detail. The heroine (like the rest of the women in the story) has no agency of her own and makes decisions only to appease the brutal men who dominate her life.

Beautiful art, horribly depressing, unfulfilling Orientalist mess of a story. I have lost all respect for the author.

And you can try to tell me the author draws the heroine naked every other page for some deep artistic reason, but I won't believe you.

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mclarjh
Oct 04, 2014

A very well organized story, but the characters are somewhat cartoonish (flat, stereotypical.)

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sjb333
Sep 18, 2014

Everything about this book is phenomenal.

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tina57he
Jun 05, 2014

tina57he thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

chibiberry Nov 08, 2013

chibiberry thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Draw
Aug 14, 2013

Draw thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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GuybraryTech
Nov 23, 2011

GuybraryTech thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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GuybraryTech
Nov 23, 2011

Sexual Content: Frequent nudity Depicts sexual acts with minors

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GuybraryTech
Nov 23, 2011

Violence: Beheading Throat-slitting

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Draw
Aug 14, 2013

“They say a man's inspiration is visual, but for a woman, it's the narrative.

Abandon both the narrative and the visual. Close your eyes, measure your breath.

Dead weight is sloughed off, dust swept away, forms dissolve into one atmosphere.

The rib cage opens, the lungs fill, the breast rises.

Waves sweep up the body on their swell, rocking it rhythmically.

Feet planted, the back arches, the pelvis reaches forward.

Oxygen kindles a flame, sprawling through the belly, and gathering in a warm blaze.

The hand reaches to meet the sensation.

Calligraphy spills from the inkwell.

Open your eyes, sharpen your focus, and exclaim:

There are no separations.”

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Draw
Aug 14, 2013

“You're more than a story.”

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red_alligator_2472 Jul 04, 2013

THIS BOOK IS ABOUT A GIRL WHO SAVED A SLAVE BOY FROM BEING SOLD AND THEY LIVE ON A STRANDED SHIP IN THE DESERT.THEY GO THROUGH MANY HARDSHIPS AND SOON THEY ARE SEPERATED.THEY REUNITE AND THEN BECOME A COUPLE

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