Aya of Yop City – Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie

Set on the Ivory Coast in the 1970s, this graphic novel is half childhood memoir, half cultural commentry. Abouet grew up on the Ivory Coast before leaving in late childhood.

This work reflects changes ongoing, from sexual liberation to development of big business, and how these echo through individual’s lives. THere is also a dry humour twisting throughout, and an absolutely perfect closing page. The whole cast interact and interweave seemlessly, drawing up a society in turmoil, with old cultural standards changing and being forgotten.

The art quality is good, with realistic vivid images.

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