Authors: Craig Thompson
Publisher: Cinebook Ltd
Categories: Action & Adventure, Drama, Romance
Lending Period: 7 days
Habibi, based on a Middle Eastern fable, tells the story of
Dodola, who escapes being sold into slavery and rescues an
abandoned baby she names Zam. 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. In
the meantime however Dodola is forced to prostitute herself to
desert traders in order to provide for Zam. When he seeks an
alternative means of income Dodola is captured by the Sultan and
Zam is forced into a quest to try and rescue her. At heart
Habibi is, like Blankets, a profound love story, but it also
functions as a parable about the environment and the state of
the world. Set in the place where Christianity and Islam began,
it explores the fundamental connection between these religions,
and also the relationship between the first and the third world
and the increasingly important battle for the earth's resources.
Ambitious, but always deeply felt, Habibi is a beautifully drawn
and moving GRPCNVL that will get a huge amount of attention.
One cannot put this novel down. Saying that the graphic novel has beautiful illustrations is an understatement.The novel is an experience and each one has their own journey through Dodola and Zam's love story.
There are some books that are powerful, and will steal your imagination away, so that you're living not in your own world but theirs. This is one of those books. Every page is an immaculate piece of art, and a burning story of compelling furiosity. Rarely is good art and good story found in the same book, but when it comes from one person, one mind, that is a minor miracle. This work is a masterwork, that you will not be able to unlove, once you start.