Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Read it! Habibi - A review

"Remember those words… remember these letters… and they can protect you."  -Dodola to Zam

I was saddened when I finished reading it. I didn't want the story to end. That's the sign of a good writer.

I'm referring to the magical tale, "Habibi" by Craig Thompson.

It's about love, God, survival, transformation, hope and just about everything in between.

The book follows the lives of the Dodola and Zam and all the hardship and torment they endure along the way.

Dodola and Zam as adults

Dodola taken as a young girl 

I wasn't expecting such strong displays of sexual abuse and aggression throughout the book but Thompson handled it as tenderly as one could.

He also did a great job showing Dodola and Zam age, from vulnerable children into capable adults, and all of their physical changes along the way. And just about every page was beautifully illustrated with intricate patterns and Arabic symbols.

Dodola outsmarting the Sultan of Wanatolia

Equally impressive was Thompson's use of scripture. Growing up Catholic, I didn't realize the similarities between the Quran and the Bible until reading this graphic novel. I found it all to be quite fascinating and now I want to learn more about Islam.

Habibi proves that comic books--at their best--can be more than quick reads with flat stories. This one moved and intrigued me and I love it for that. Just incredible.

So go on and read it!

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