Aya, de Yopougon

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Jonathan Cape, 2007 - ChildrenxConduct of life - 96 pages
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For the residents of Yopougon, everyday life is good. It is the early 1970s, a golden time - work is plentiful, hospitals are clean and well equipped, and school is obligatory. The Ivory Coast is as an island of relative wealth and stability in West Africa. For the teenagers of the town, though, worries are plentiful, and life in Yop City is far from simple.

Aya tells the story of its nineteen-year-old heroine, the clear-sighted and bookish Aya, and her carefree and fun-loving friends Adjoua and Bintou. Navigating meddling relatives and neighbours, the girls spend a last summer of their childhood on the sun-warmed streets of Yop City - sneaking out for dancing at open-air bars, strong solibra beer, chicken in peanut sauce and avoiding at all costs the scandal pages of the Calamity Morning....

Aya is a captivating, colourful and hugely entertaining portrayal of an Africa we rarely see, spirited and resilient, and full of the sounds, sights and smells of a prosperous town and its varied inhabitants.

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User Review  - EllsbethB - LibraryThing

I've read a lot of African literature, but not comics about Africa. This was a fun read. While I thought I didn't care for the art at first, it really did work well with the story and it grew on me by the end. Read full review

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User Review  - EnidaV - LibraryThing

I love every single one of the Aya books and I wish there were more. The artwork by Clement Oubrerie is so bursting with colour and life that I can almost hear the noise of the busy, bustling Yop City ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Marguerite Abouet was born in Abidjan in 1971 and now lives outside Paris.

Clément Oubrerie was born in Paris in 1966 and has illustrated more than forty children's books.

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