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A stolen hookah, a spiritual underworld, and a genie on the run change the lives of five strangers forever in this modern fable set on the streets of the Middle East's largest metropolis.

Cairo interweaves the fates of a drug runner, a down-on-his-luck journalist, an American expatriate, a troubled young student, and an Israeli soldier as they race through bustling present-
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published November 7th 2007 by Vertigo
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notyourmonkey
This. This. This is what graphic novels are for. Augh. I want to read more stuff like this immediately.

A hashish dealer, a wannabe revolutionary journalist, an Israeli soldier, a wannabe suicide bomber, and a wannabe something/anything from the O.C. get drawn into a conflict between a gangster and a djinn in, you guessed it, Cairo. There's interesting, nuanced things said about politics, about religion, about history, about class, about gender (sorta), about, well, everything you think should p
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
"So today, I hit one of those stoned camels with my truck." So beings Ashraf's story to his mother, sitting by her grave with a cigarette in one hand and a hookah by his side. Ashraf is a drug dealer, running hashish into Israel, and hitting that camel nearly gets him killed by border guards. That's just the beginning of his wild and wonderful tale. Leaving the cemetery, he heads for a cafe where his good friend Ali is having tea with Ashraf's sister, Salma. While a young female Israeli soldier ...more
Michael
Review from Badelynge.
Cairo begins with a hashish smuggler called Ashraf sitting at his mother's grave as he relates to her how his day went.
"So today I hit one of those stoned camels with my truck."
He tells her the Bedouin have fields of marijuana out in Sinai. The camels graze on the stuff. He tells her about the Israeli border guards who nearly catch him smuggling hash hidden inside bulbs of Smelly Beet. He tells her not to worry, that's just life in the City Victorious. It's a deft and assur
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مصطفي سليمان
الشخصيات الاساسية

نار - شمس- شهيد - أشرف - كايت-توفا-علي-سلمي

قصة مصورة عن القاهرة من وجهة نظر المؤلفة
طبعا الجمال منتشرة
واللبس القديم من حيث الطربوش
وملابس المرأة القديمة اليشمك والحاجات دي موجوده مع ان الاحداث كلها جديدة

راوية مصورة فانتازيا تماما
أشرف تاجر الحشيش اللي بيسرق الشيشه اللي فيها جني اسمه شمس
وهو جني طيب
كان بيحاول واحد اسمه نار وهو شرير ان يجعله يعرف سر الصندوق لكي يسيطر علي العالم
أشرف مكنش يعرف ان الشيشة فيها جني ف باعاها لواحد نصه لبناني اسمه شهيد
كان جي مصر وناوي يروح فلسطين يعمل عملية
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new_user
As a brief crash course into the thoughts and feelings of Egyptians, Americans, and Israelis, Cairo certainly goes a long ways. Though the book is too short to develop these characters fully or delve in depth into these themes (e.g. Egyptian govt. and journalism, Israel, suicide bombings, feelings toward Americans, and Orientalism), the novel is a good introduction to a more genuine look at the region that encourages Middle-Easterners to speak about the reality and for others to listen with huma ...more
Jen
Two American teenagers meet on a plane ride into Cairo and end up getting mixed up in an adventure with magical hookahs, a djinni, a drug smuggler, a journalist, and an evil mastermind. I have always loved the mystical fairy-tale elements of the Arab world, and this has all of that combined with a real modern focus. The author addresses the ever-present tension between the Hebrew and Arab communities, modern-day terrorism, hard-core journalism, etc. At it's heart, though, the story is a look at ...more
Sara
I picked this up at the library on a whim and because I liked the cover. The illustrations didn't let me down at all; throughout they are vividly expressive. I thought the illustrator did a great job capturing nuances of speech and habit for each character.
The story itself-- well, I really wanted to give it five stars, but it's not quite there. It reminded me of Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" series in that there was a compelling and potentially powerful interweaving of myth, religion, culture, and hi
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Steve
Cairo is written, in many ways, as a loving tribute to the eponymous city itself. Set in the Egyptian capital, the book follows a group of characters from a myriad of nationalities and social backgrounds—including an Israeli soldier, an Egyptian journalist, a drug-runner, a suicide bomber, and an American student—brought together by the rather unlikely circumstance of the theft of a hookah in which it just so happens a "genie" is imprisoned. This framework allows the story to explore the politic ...more
Nadine
G. Willow Wilson nimmt den Leser mit auf ihre persönliche Reise in ein unbekanntes Land, eine fremde Kultur und eine Religion, von der man viel hört, aber wenig weiß.

Nachdem sie während des Studiums zum Islam konvertierte, möchte sie nun für einige Zeit in einem muslimischen Land leben, ohne wie im Amerika nach dem 11. September 2001 wegen ihrer Religion auf Unverständnis und Ablehnung zu stossen. Sie geht nach Kairo um an einer amerikanischen Schule als Lehrerin zu arbeiten und lernt dort den
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Jerzy
Beautifully drawn, good story, many good lines.

"Destiny and choice are the same thing. You chose to be here, so it couldn't have happened any other way."

"Holy books change depending on who reads them."

"Your boundaries are your quest."
(this last one is from Rumi)
Malak Aly
It's been a while since I devoured a book in 2 hours =)
The graphic novel is a brilliant blend of Egyptian culture and American action. It has a lot of wisdom and depth for an action story about drugs and guns and kidnapping. You'd also be surprised by the amount of proper Islamic impression in which its words are soaked although the writer and crew are all non-Arabs and - I assume- even non-Muslims!
Of course, though, I've taken off a star because mixing up belief with myth & belief with op
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Nicholas
I'm not really adept at reading comics. I don't have a vocabulary and a body of experience to judge and compare work.

I can say that I REALLY LIKED THIS ONE. Much more so than I expected. I keep expecting Wilson to write like the Mary Sue characters she puts in her stories: idealistic but naive American who comes to save the world but ends up annoying those she is supposed to save.

She gives us much more than this. She opens up worlds of contradiction, compassion, and humanity laid bare against t
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Ken
I read Cairo, at around 2am in the morning in hopes to make me fall asleep as I read through. To my surprise, I wasn't able to drop the book all thanks to it's engaging story telling. From start to finish, Cairo never had a dull moment. Cairo starts off with one of its protagonist, Ashraf, seemingly talking to the readers, sort of breaking the fourth wall. He proceeds and tell "Today I hit one of those stoned camels with my truck". The next panel shows exactly this and Ashraf was being literal w ...more
Daryl
I had no expectations for this one going in. The book starts out pretty fascinating, switching between stories of Israeli soldiers in Egypt, American tourists, and Egyptian journalists being kidnapped. It all seemed realistic, this image helped by the very detailed black-and-white art. M.K. Perker's art matches the story well, with its extensive backgrounds. Unfortunately, some of the figure work is a little off; throughout the book, everyone's head looked just a little bit too big. About 30 pag ...more
Philip
3.5

Cairo was a pretty decent graphic novel. I loved the illustrations, though they were more comic-book-esque rather than what has become the "graphic novel..." Granted, many people refuse to see the difference anyway.

The book pulls from Arabic, Muslim, and Jewish traditions, and mythology touching on some political conflict as well.

Overall: a fast, fun read.
Matt Buchholz
Apr 27, 2008 Matt Buchholz rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dark skinned children that can't deal with the fact that superheros don't look like them.
Shelves: comics-read
Art that's about 2 drafts away from being final and writing that's embarrassing in how much it tries to take on with so little effort. Reads like lazy Neil Gaiman coat-tail riding.
Andrea
Immensely enjoyable, and with an enviable complexity of character and politics that makes this a really interesting view of the Middle East from a stranger and convert to Islam...
Raina
Six individuals arrive in Cairo. A lamp and a crime lord ensure that they will not leave the same.

I found this quite engaging at first, but once some of the (view spoiler) content hit, it lost me a bit. (view spoiler)

The interplay between the characters was the most interesting part for me, although I never felt like I really GOT TO KNOW any of them. Which, I suspect, will make this relatively forg
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Phoebe
"Cairo" intrigued me because I know next to nothing about this culture, and the purported intersection of feckless travelers, drug dealers, magical elements, military, and underworld types seemed wholly original. This is a "reach" book, I think. Characters are moderately developed, the story meanders but then jerks itself back on track, and the art wavers between interesting/charming and clunky. I'm glad to have read it, gaining just a tiny bit more insight into North Africa and the Middle East, ...more
Shaun
This is a multi-layered story in which characters from variety of backgrounds come together under a common cause. And as such, the story is a little preachy, but not enough so to wreck my enjoyment of the story. As a matter of fact, if more works in fiction were preachy about coming together in spite of everyone's differences, I'll bet the world would be all around better off. The art's solid, but doesn't push any boundaries, which is a little disappointing given the fantastical nature of the ta ...more
Fredrik Strömberg
So, this was a pleasant experience. The art is a bit too realistic for me, done in the American semi-alternative tradition of Vertigo, which, since they published it, is not so surprising I guess… Anyway, the story is interesting with its combination of East and West, of realism and fantasy, of literal and allegorical story elements. Wilson is an interesting storyteller, seemingly in tune with the subject matter of the Arab/Islamic world.

What keeps this from getting another star in my ranking is
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Jasmine
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Marjorie Thelen
I have not read a comic book since I was a kid but know that graphic novels are very popular now. I wanted to read this one because I heard Willow Wilson, the young American woman, who wrote the superb memoir, The Butterfly Mosque, about her life in Egypt and conversion to Islam, interviewed on WellreadTV.com. The graphic novel was recommended as well as the memoir. I found the story line in Cairo difficult to follow because it was complex and filled with a few too many jinns and genies for my t ...more
Seana
I seem to be in the mood to read graphic novels during the quieter moments at the information desk right now. For me at least, they seem to be easier to get involved in and yet not get so engrossed that I become unaware of my surroundings.

This one was on our Egypt display, which has been expanded to be our Middle East display. We keep it in our young adult graphic novel section, although the amount of adult topics and profanity make it seem more a mainstream adult story to me.

Events may have o
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Trish
I first got into Wilson's work after reading a couple issues of Air, and my boyfriend brought me back a copy of Cairo from Comic-Con. Wow, was I pleasantly surprised. Lately with reading it feels like I've been taking my time or finding it a struggle to get through whatever it is I've been reading, but with Cairo it definitely felt like one of those reads that I wish would never end.

We get introduced to Ashraf, a native in the hash business, who manages to sell a hookah off his hands to Shaheed,
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Sx3
Cairo by G. Willow Wilson with art by M. K. Perker is a pretty cool merge of modern adventure sprinkled with mythology in a fast paced graphic novel.

I read Wilson's "Alif the Unseen" and it was my favorite read of 2012. "Cairo" was written before that and it revolves around a group of people who find themselves in Cairo. Bad guys are looking for a hookah which houses a jinn who knows where an important box is that the bad guys want.

It starts with a drug runner Ashraf who has the hookah and is to
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Bulent
Melezleştirilmiş Ortadoğu mitolojisi

‘Kahire’, oryantal ve Amerikalı okura yönelik bir hikâye... Bir ifşaat değil elbette bu. Kahire imgesi, ta en baştan Arap ve Ortadoğu klişelerine dayandırılmış. Editoryal bir tercihte bulunulmuş diyelim. Örneğin çalışmanın orijinal logosunda Cairo’nun C’si bir hilâl gibi kullanılmış. Daha ilk sayfadan itibaren camiler, kubbeler, kalabalık sokaklar, sakalet, kanunsuzluk, sokaklarda dolaşan hayvanlar, kavga ve telaş, esrar, nargile, dansözler vs görüyorsunuz. Bu
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Kris
Jun 17, 2010 Kris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kris by: Neil Gaiman
Shelves: own-it
Got this book on the recommendation of Neil Gaiman (he tweeted about it, I think), and since we're going to Cairo next year, I *really* had to get it!

First off, the dust jacket is really cool, but the actual cover is beautiful!! It's embossed with the stylized title an the skyline from the cover, bordered by an intricate, delicate pattern. All done in purple glitter. VERY nice!

The story is set in modern day Cairo, and involves the more-than-coincidental entwining of the lives of a hashish smuggl
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Betsy
I enjoyed this GN which had plenty of action, evil, magic and Egyptian myth. The way that the djinn Shams helped people was to guide them to their better selves, to avoid self-doubt while pushing the boundaries of how each of the characters saw the world and their role in it. Shaheed, the young Lebanese-American, who on the one hand seems so innocent when Kate meets him on the plane from the U.S., has convinced himself that in order to fulfill his destiny, he must become a martyr of jihad. Kate ...more
Catherine
While the art falls flat in some places, with oddly shaped faces or lack of atmosphere, the characters and the ideas are deftly handled once the plot gets rolling.

Fave Quotes:

Sahib: "You have already done what it wants. You are afraid. In your mind, you have given up. Do not give up. Submit to what is demanded of you, and act without hesitation. Submit; ready yourself for any outcome without fear or denial. Submit to the moment to act in the moment."

Demon: "You have had a perfect life."
Kate: "B
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