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Habibi by Craig Thompson
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Oct 11, 11

bookshelves: comics-graphic-novels, favorites, future-classics, american, 21st-century
Read from October 07 to 11, 2011

The profundity of this graphic novel comes not from its own story (although it's a great one), but from its deep roots in Quranic and Biblical and oral histories. It seems every plot point and every emotion in this book was inspired by an outside source. Some may criticize this as a lack of originality, but it gives the book a weight, an epic feel that couldn't be attained by a story untethered to such a rich history.

There are so many themes here that it would be impossible to sum up this book, but the most important is the title itself. "Habibi" is the Arabic word for "my beloved". Like any great book, this one is a love story, albeit not your typical love story. This is a book filled with sex, yet the lovers have no sex. It's a story of love and loss and then love again.

And of course, there is the art, which is probably the most impressive I've seen in graphic novel form. Like the story, the art is also deeply rooted in history. The intricacy and creative use of panels is astounding. Along with the research, it's easy to see why it took six years to create this book - and it was well worth it.
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message 1: by Steve (new)

Steve Excellent! This one was already on my list, but now it'll be higher up.


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