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Metro: A Story of Cairo

2.99  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  27 reviews
The first graphic novel of the Arab world, a brilliant portrait of a bank robbery and two friends' breakneck escape through an edgy, pulsing Cairo on the brink of explosionWhen Shihab runs afoul of a loan shark, all avenues of salvation in Mubarak's corrupt, oppressive Egypt are closed to him but one: robbing a bank. Things go wrong: In their blow against their crumbling s ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Metropolitan Books (first published January 2008)
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Abdul-rahman Salem
يا جماعة أرجوكوا محدش عارف ألاقيها فين ؟!
المفروض بعد الثورة تطلع بقه !
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
بعد سحبها من الأسواق في 2008 انتابني الفضول اني اجيبها.
من حيث المبدأ ، الفكرة لطيفة ، فيه نقص كبير في الروايات المصورة اللي بتخاطب الكبار (فقط)
الاسقاطات السياسية لطيفة، وبتمثل عرض لأحاسيس الخنقة ما قبل الثورة
ماعجبنيش تطور القصة (المفروض انها اساسية) - ماعجبنيش الغموض و عدم الوضوح بدون مبرر

الشتايم وكام صورة خليعة كانت في مكانها وماضيقتنيش

اكيد انصح بيها، ولكن ما تتوقعش persepolis
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults.
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
This is a wonderful effort - snappy writing, great drawing, and a fast-moving story - although I was a bit disappointed with the ending, which seemed almost a cop-out. The hero seems to have thrown in the towel, given up, and suggests that rather than keep running up against a corrupt system, it is time to leave the chaos and social dysfunction of Egypt.

Otherwise the graphic novel features expressive art work - that seems to match the jagged energy of the city of Cairo, and a noir-ish story-lin
Sooraya Evans
Jul 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Mediocre storyline.
Artwork not at all impressive.
But this line made me smile,
"Mustafa, in this country, jail is for the poor. And you're going to be rich..."
Totally sums up the corruption of Mubarak's oppressive Egypt.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
‘People are numb. Nothing has any effect on them. They put up with so much. They just say, “Well, that’s how things are in this country of ours.”’

I raced through Magdy El Shafee’s graphic novel, Metro, which I enjoyed hugely. Written prior to the uprisings in the Arab world that began in late 2010, the novel reads as both a precursor to those events and the frustrations that prompted them, as well as a depressingly relevant account of Cairo after those same events, given the dismal political sit
محمود راضي
في عام 2008 حسبما أتذكر، قرأت عدة فصول من رواية (مترو) عندما نشرت في جربدة الدستور، ولكن لم تسنح لي الفرصة لقراءة الرواية كاملة وقتئذ، خاصة بعد نشرها كاملة في كتاب، وذلك بعد أن صادرتها الجهات الأمنية، حتى أعيد نشرها مجددا هذا العام منذ فترة وجيزة.

بالتأكيد لا يمكن نكران أهمية الرواية عندما نضعها في سياق الوقت الذي صدرت فيه، خاصة لكونها من الأعمال المؤسسة لتيار الأعمال الأدبية المصورة الذي يتنامى في مصر بشكل كببر منذ ذلك الحين.

لكن من الناحية الفنية، سواء سرديًا أو رسوميًا، فهى ليست بالرواية المدهش
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Meh. I wasn't that into this. Maybe I don't know enough about Egypt, maybe the translation wasn't awesome, maybe it just wasn't that good! Hoping to have better Middle Eastern graphic novel experiences!
A story set in Mubarak's corrupt Egypt where the youth is looking for ways to escape the brutal reality - this one struck a nerve somewhere for me.
It is only a 3 star because of the rather abrupt narration and drawing.
Sep 04, 2012 added it
hackers! this was quick paced and a little jumpy but I think tied together enough that your brain fills in the gaps. every 20 pages or so there would be a chance for the main guy or another character to reinforce the theme of freedom from an open cage.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting short graphic novel (published in 2008) which laid bare the roots of January 2011 in Egypt.

"We're all in a cage. The way out is wide open, but we're stuck inside because no one ever tries walking out of it."
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The story was solid but unfortunately the art holds the book back a little. Still definitely recommend it tho and I hope his future books will be available round here.
Kieran Healy
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-comics
Disappointing. The dialogue is very on the nose, lots of pontificating. Not a lot of story. Art was interesting but felt unevenly done. Juvenile plot.
George Genie
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
The story held my attention but the artwork was often unclear and sometimes even the text was very faint and difficult to read.
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a graphic novel that was banned in Egypt, so only an English translation is available. It's loosely about some poor people who decide to take their rights. They get a bit hurt in some demonstrations, and there is a love interest for the main character. The copy of the book I received from Metropolitan Books (New York: Henry Holt and Co.) is very difficult to read. It seems to have been photocopied or printed in gray scale. It would be much better if the panels were in a stronger black an ...more
Samar Elgyar
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
قرأت أخيرا رواية مترو ف جلسة واحدة.. بجد جددت الأمل جوايا.. وفكرتني بحالة إنعدام الوزن اللي كنا عايشينها قبل الثورة وقبل أحداث المحلة 2008 وبالعبث اللي احنا فيه دلوقت.. وإن مهما الطريق موحش فإحنا مش لوحدنا ومش كل الناس بتتكيف مع العبث وبتزحف وبتوافق..
الرواية دي اتصادرت من نظام مبارك فناس كتير قرأتها بلغات تانية لما اتنشرت خارج مصر!
وعايزة أضيف إني مسحورة بالإسلوب والشخصيات والخطوط الحرة الغير تقليدية اللي مش شبه حد أبدا.. والحرية في الخطوط والقفز فوق المقاييس المألوفة بيحتاج شجاعة كبيرة مش هتخرج
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I am really surprised that this was written in 2008! really got some potential but the story is not that strong and the illustrations is not that strong...seems that it was done in hurry....really looking forward for the next one though!
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel proud and privileged for the fact that I am one of the very few Egyptians who got the chance to read this novel since it has been banned in Egypt. I found it on the shelves of my university library in the US, and I think it is one of the best narratives I have ever read.
Apr 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
مفلب زبالة
Hugo Schoen
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Full review with text and video here:
احمد محمود
القصة عن سرقة بنك والمظاهرات وقتها في البلد
القصة مليئة بالسذاجة جداا
تقييمي جزء منه لجودة الرسومات
Nov 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
سيئة من جميع النواحي

overrated للبنكة
Aug 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
قصه زباله .. فونت يمقق العين و رسومات أي كلام و طباعه تعبانه و طبعا مزودين السعر جدا إستغلال لانها كانت ممنوعه .. سفاله ماتلاقيهاش غير عند المصريين بس
Amanda Fields
If you're familiar with Egypt, the graphics are worthwhile. It's not a compelling storyline, though. The characters are underdeveloped, and the narrative movement is boring and predictable.
Fraser Sherman
Mar 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Standard crime graphic-novel, but the Egyptian setting makes it more interesting. Probably 2.5 stars.
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
No le he encontrado el punto, no sé si es porque trata algo muy local o, porque de tan simple, me parece insípido. En fin, una decepción.
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
It's a nice little story, but not terrific. I think it had a lot of potential, but there are too many pieces about what these characters are up to that seem to be missing.
حسين مهران
don't know where to find it! it's banned in Egypt.
Eric James
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محمد جنيدي
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Jul 07, 2015
Sherif Herraoui
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