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Aya Fra Yopougon: Sesong 2 (2013)

by Marguerite Abouet(Favorite Author)
3.82 of 5 Votes: 4
Minuskel forlag
review 1: 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 an entire book. 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. 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 ... morefather? 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. Better comic books: "Habibi" by Craig Thompson, "War Stories" by Garth Ennis, "Transmetropolitan" by Warren Ellis, "It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken" by Seth, "Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel, "Hark a Vagrant!" by Kate Beaton, "Paying for It" by Chester Brown.
review 2: I really regret having to read this book before the first book in the series ("Aya"). For some reason, my position on the hold list is going up, instead of going down. "Aya of Yop City" was exactly as promised, and very enjoyable. It was the kind of story that could have happened anywhere, with strategic detail that placed in firmly on the Ivory Coast of the late 70's. The characters are interesting and three dimensional, and they change over the course of the story. The main characters are young women, who seem newly liberated. This leads to interesting themes, as the clash with the older established order. In the third book, especially, the question is asked, and goes unresolved, if you never take a stand, how will things ever get better? less
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This excellent story continues from where Aya, the first installment, leaves off. Delightful.
loved it! but what a cliffhanger at the end! i hope there's a third coming out soon.
Loved this one!!! Now I gotta wait 'til the Fall to see what happens next!
I think you need to know Cote d'Ivoire to really get this book.
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