. Understandable given the weight of the subject matter which demands quite a lot from anyone attempting to tackle it. The novel also nicely covers key aspects of cyber-activism, social media and texting - tools that were instrumental in communicating during the revolution. There is no a speck of natural empathy the book creates for readers that the Egyptian revolution wouldn' I was very hopeful about this book as I picked it up at a local Half Price Books. It is indeed the ethnographic research--the minor characters and their voices--that give the book its special strength.
Anna, still in touch with her childhood friend, is compelled to return to Cairo and try to help the cause. Written with the specific purpose of ethnographic and anthropological education, each of the young women face medical challenges and decisions in their families. A note on the art: The art may come off as deceivingly weak, but upon a close reading, one finds that the art actually does a superb job at communicating all the emotional complexities inherent in the story, and as such it becomes difficult to deem the art as anything but effective. Though the creators were obviously trying to avoid putting out a 1000 page book, there needed to be a bit more depth to make either aspect of the comic memorable. وأن ندرك مخاوفنا ونواقصنا وما لسنا واثقين منه، وأن نكفّ عن التهرب والفرار من ذلك كله ونبدأ مواجهة الحقائق الموجعة، حتى نصير قادرين على العثور على ما نبحث عنه من جرأة ومثابرة وصدق ومسؤولية وتسامح وحب للمعرفة. Which indeed makes it powerful. With Lissa, the creators have set a new standard for academically oriented comics.
As the women grow up, their unlikely friendship is put to the test as they each face a family health crisis. However, admirable efforts Lissa is a fascinating combination of academic research presented through a narrative graphic novel. I started reading it in the morning, and did not put it down before finishing it that very evening, after one long uninterrupted sitting. Years later, Anna learns that she may carry the hereditary cancer gene responsible for her mother's death. This one, however, tried too hard. It's a daring, beautiful, intelligent, and enriching book, touching on so many urgent topics primarily, the ethnography of the Arab Spring in Cairo but also cancer research, preventative medicine, friendship, politics, sexism, loss, patriotism, etc. This is the book's greatest strength: its belief in decency, even amidst violence and trauma.
My favorite bits are probably the discussion of the storytelling, which point out some of the subtler aspects of the artwork and the way in which the story was broken down. Layla and her family support and comfort Anna when her mother is diagnosed with, and ultimately dies of, breast cancer. The novel also nicely covers key aspects of cyber-activism, social media and texting - tools that were instrumental in communicating during the revolution. Written with the specific purpose of ethnographic and anthropological education, each of the young women face medic Using a graphic medium to study ethnography - a pretty brilliant idea. The story is compelling--even a page turner. This is a chronicle of conflict, to be sure, but it is also a tribute to persistence of friendship and the power of a people united.
The story is compelling—even a page turner. The authors also provide commentary, interviews, explorations of how and why they chose the comic medium, discussion questions, and enough further reading suggestions that a short undergrad course could be built on them alone. What an interesting book, and what a fascinating way to make ones research more accessible outside of the academia. Anna is the daughter of an American couple working in Cairo. I must say, I was wrong an all accounts. The collaboration between Hamdy, Nye, Bao, Brewer, and Parenteau is a wonder. It revolves around the friendship between two friends living very far apart after one of them moved away in her youth.
I wanted it to be powerful and changing, and I think the authors intended it to as well, but it is simply so poorly executed that readers stomp through without feeling moved. Such a complex work that somehow ends up becoming nothing less of a piercing examination of life itself in the 21st century. That was fascinating, and the story would have been stronger had it focused more on a specific topic rather than introducing too many. Their friendship is put to the test when these medi As young girls in Cairo, Anna and Layla strike up an unlikely friendship that crosses class, cultural, and religious divides. Congratulations to its visionary authors and editors.
It also is disguised as a coming of age story in the realm of cancer, and the protagonist must deal with mortality and death in by cancer in a metaphorical sense as the revolution. Anna, still in touch with her childhood friend, is compelled to return to Cairo and try to help the cause. What an interesting book, and what a fascinating way to make ones research more accessible outside of the academia. Years later, Anna learns that she may carry the hereditary cancer gene responsible for her mother's death. Anna and Layla strike up an unlikely friendship as young girls in Cairo. Layla is the daughter of the doorman in Anna's apartment building. Amidst this personal and political turmoil, Anna and Layla must reckon with illness, risk, and loss in different ways.
It is indeed the ethnographic research--the minor characters and their voices--that give the book its special strength. It revolves around the friendship between two friends living very far apart after one of them moved away in her youth. There is a lot of it. The narratives in this novel are informed by research and pull from either shared political experiences or common cultural sentiments. Anna, an American girl, spent a good portion of her childhood growing up in Cairo where she befriended Layla, a neighbor.