They live in isolation in an old boat in the desert. As they age their relationship shifts from mother and son, to brother and sister and eventually lovers.
How did I get the book? I bought it
Genre: Graphic Novel
Review: I bought Habibi because it was recommend by a friend and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Visually I can’t express enough how beautiful, intricate and stunning this graphic novel is. You’re caught up in the story so on the one hand you’re too caught up to pause but I also I found myself turning back on pages and returning to certain parts after I had finished reading Habibi just to appreciate the artwork. I do wish that the translations of the text hadn’t been buried in the back of the book as I kept flicking between pages.
There are parts I loved deeply and at the end of the book where I was nearly in tears (you’ll know when you reach it) but Habibi is tough going. It’s a complicated story and certainly doesn’t shy away from anything. The book begins when Dodola is 9 and sold into marriage, she is raped by her husband. Both her and Zam go through much together and apart.
At nearly 700 pages is a not a book you read quickly. It’s an emotional read with an intricate story and spectacular artwork. Well worth investing the time in.