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Nascido na França em 1978, filho de pai sírio e mãe bretã, Riad Sattouf viveu uma infância peculiar. Ele tinha apenas três anos quando o pai recebeu um convite para lecionar em uma universidade da Líbia. Em Trípoli, o menino entrou em contato com uma cultura completamente distinta e precisou superar o estranhamento diante de novos costumes — experiência que se repetiria poNascido na França em 1978, filho de pai sírio e mãe bretã, Riad Sattouf viveu uma infância peculiar. Ele tinha apenas três anos quando o pai recebeu um convite para lecionar em uma universidade da Líbia. Em Trípoli, o menino entrou em contato com uma cultura completamente distinta e precisou superar o estranhamento diante de novos costumes — experiência que se repetiria pouco depois na Síria, quando o pai foi trabalhar lá.Com o olhar inocente de uma criança, Riad oferece um importante relato sobre os contrastes entre a vida plácida na França socialista de Mitterrand e os regimes autoritários na Líbia de Kadafi e na Síria de Hafez al-Assad. A partir de suas próprias lembranças e sensações, o autor descreve como foi adaptar-se a realidades tão díspares e mostra detalhes de sua vida em família e da relação com outras crianças.O árabe do futuro é um relato literário pleno em forma de graphic novel: com traço simples e narrativa fluida e descontraída, Riad fornece ao mesmo tempo uma análise antropológica do embate entre o Ocidente e o mundo árabe e um autorretrato de sua própria infância plural.“Com seu traço e olhar de hoje avivados pelos suvenires de outrora, Sattouf retrata uma miríade de curiosos personagens, por meio de um relato íntimo repleto de anedotas em meio a singulares contextos políticos, sociais e religiosos.”O Globo...

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  • Petra X
    2018-11-30 18:52

    DNF'd because the font is so tiny that all my concentration was on reading the text and not the meaning and so I could never get into it. (view spoiler)[The text on bookshelves and profiles of Goodreads now is like that, it just plain takes the enjoyment away when you have to concentrate on the font. *Edit* I now have Stylebot and Font Changer so GR is in nice colours with good fonts and not one single thing, ad or feature I don't want to see. (hide spoiler)]The author was a cartoonist at Charlie Hebdo and is an award-winning filmmaker. He is Franco-Syrian and was brought up in the Middle East.Just a couple of quotes from the book because it illustrates so well how the Arab PR is not only to convince the outside world that their version of history and events of the Israeli-Palestinian situation is the correct one, facts be damned, but also to persuade themselves that any memories they have of the actual events are false. The real version is the one they want to believe where they are always right, always hard done by, and the Israelis are always to be damned. And as the second quote shows, forget all this pretend oh it's the Israelis, Zionists, we hate, not the Jews, oh no sir we aren't anti-semitic we just hate the fucking bastards and teach our children to hate them without any reason at all.The author speaking of his father: "In 1967 he had been devastated by the Six Day War, when Egypt, Jordan and Syria were crushed by the Israelis. Then, in 1973, like all the Syrians of his generation he managed to transform the Arab defeat in the Yom Kippur War into an "almost victory".For two days Egypt and Syria advanced into Sinai and Golan. The Israelis didn't know what hit them. Then there was a cease-fire. And that's when the Israelis counterattacked, the cowards! We almost had them. Next time we'll finish them off.Yet his father had chosen to study abroad to avoid doing military service in Syria, which lasted several years." __________"The Syrian boys Sattouf met were like “little men,” intimidatingly fluent in the rhetoric of warfare. The first Arabic word he learned from them was yehudi, “Jew.” It was hurled at him at a family gathering by two of his cousins, who proceeded to pounce on him. Fighting the Israeli Army was the most popular schoolyard game. The Jew was “a kind of evil creature for us,” Sattouf told me, though no one had actually seen one. (Sattouf writes, “I tried to be the most aggressive one toward the Jews, to prove that I wasn’t one of them.”) Another pastime was killing small animals: the first volume of “The Arab of the Future” concludes with the lynching of a puppy."To end this review, a sad and funny quote from The New York Times review of Sattouf's book."In Arabic, the names Riad and Sattouf had what he described as “an impressive solemnity.” In French, they sounded like rire de sa touffe, which means “laugh at her pussy.” When teachers took attendance, “people would burst out laughing. It was impossible for a girl to date a guy whose name meant ‘I laughed at your pussy.’ ” As a result, he said, “I lived a very violent solitude. "I do like the author, he is part of the mixed cultural and religious staff of Charlie Hebdo, he overcame his upbringing by acknowledging the truth and letting go of racism and hatred. A fine man. I do wish the book had not been in graphic fomat because I really can't get through it.

  • Jan Philipzig
    2018-11-21 15:01

    Like Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Riad Sattouf’s The Arab of the Future (yep, weird title!) is as much a memoir as it is an attempt to come to terms with a father of the... um... uh... challenging variety. Sattouf’s cartooning is more fluid, relaxed, and humorous than that of his American colleagues, though, almost jazzy. It communicates openness, flexibility, and empathy – qualities we could use more of in Muslim-Western relations these days. And these Muslim-Western relations are at the very core of this memoir by former Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Riad Sattouf, as the book traces the author’s varied childhood experiences in France (where Riad was born to a French mother and an Arab Sunni father), Libya, and Syria.The flood of rich, detailed, authentic, often completely unexpected observations is both disturbing and mesmerizing, thanks in part to the clever narrative strategy of presenting them from a vague through-the-eyes-of-a-child-yet-filtered-through-adult-awareness perspective that does not appear to have any agenda whatsoever: it appears to do little more than taking in all kinds of weirdness with wide-open eyes, though ultimately, of course, it does provide a critique of both Arab-Muslim and Western attitudes and lifestyles. The thing is: the results don't feel pedantic or manipulative in the slightest, and this is crucial to the appeal of the story. Just following the father around is an experience unlike any I’ve ever had: I mean, I never know what this guy is going to do or say next, because his belief system and his values seem so all-over-the-place to me… and yet, somehow, magically, he feels like a perfectly organic human being. Which is what makes all the strangeness and madness and uncertainty so compelling!The Arab of the Future is the first book by Riad Sattouf to be translated into English, and thus quite a discovery for those of us who don’t speak French. I am very much looking forward to both the second part of this memoir and many more comics by Sattouf that are hopefully already being translated into English and other languages as I am typing this. Truly outstanding stuff, a must-read for fans of alternative comics!

  • Trish
    2018-12-12 14:38

    This memoir in the form of a graphic novel by Riad Sattouf is positively terrifying. It only takes an evening to read, and I can guarantee you will not want to put it down. A cartoonist and former contributor to Charlie Hebdo, Sattouf now has a weekly column in France’s L’Obs. This graphic memoir is translated from the French by Sam Taylor and published in 2015 by Metropolitan Books, and tells of Sattouf’s early childhood in France, Libya, and Syria. The memoir is terrifying for what it tells us of the consciousness of a Sunni Arab man and his extended family, as well as the conditions in the cities of Tripoli and Homs. Sattouf engages our sympathies immediately by starting out his descriptions from the eyes of a blond two-year-old, who we might expect to be perplexed wherever he was, being new to the world. But this turns out to be the perfect vehicle for presenting the things he sees, hears, smells, and experiences with a disingenuous honesty (though, I must admit, the consciousness of a child). It is as disarming as it is damning. We laugh and cringe at the same time.Sattouf is choosing what to tell us about his upbringing with the consciousness of an adult. He shows the peculiarities of early education in France, and Syria. Both have failures, as a system. It’s a wonder we survive at all, but less surprising that we exhibit the flaws we do. He has a finely honed skill for cutting away the extraneous, and revealing the kernel of his experience. He makes it laughable, but at heart, it is also terrifying.Riad’s Syrian father, Abdul-Razak, is the first of his family to read and is (therefore?) considered a great scholar in Syria. He is sent to study history at the Sorbonne and manages to wed an unworldly French student, Clementine, who is studying in Paris. Clementine is from a small village in Brittany and when they both graduate, Abdul-Razak accepts a position teaching in Tripoli, Libya. You have got to read this to enjoy it. I don’t want to spoil your fun. It sounds just about what you might expect with Qaddafi in charge, only even worse than you could imagine.The family returns briefly to France, and then pack themselves off to Abdul-Razak’s home village outside of Homs, Syria. By this time Riad has a new dark-haired brother, but his own hair is still blond. He is teased (and beaten up) mercilessly in Homs, where the children harass him with expletives while calling him “Jew.” Conditions of everyday life in the 1970’s in Syria sound positively crushing in this period Hafez al-Assad, Bashar al-Assad’s father, was in charge. Riad’s family was Sunni; Assad was Alawhite. Segregation by religion, by sect shouldn’t surprise me, but the extent and result of it is stomach-roiling. Riad’s dear father, Abdul-Razak doesn’t sound more enlightened, for all his education.I am reminded of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion in which Dawkins writes of early childhood inculcation into any religion as one of the most damaging things that can happen to the impressionable mind. One cannot help but agree when one sees what it has done in cultures all over the world. In this part of the world hatreds last for millennia, perhaps due largely to childhood inculcation. Riad’s father buys him a plastic revolver as a toy. “All boys like weapons,” he says. Does it follow, I wonder, that all who like weapons are still boys?What Riad captures in this work is the deeply ingrained and insufficiently informed nature of the racism and sectarianism in each of the countries in which he has lived. He also captures realistically grim pictures of living conditions in each country, as well as the good bits: in France, we see an education system that seems to work well for enrollees; in Libya, we see ancient ruins by the sea that evoke history better than many other ruins; in Syria, we see the memories of a school-aged Abdul-Razak bring him back to a simple life. But each is a comfortable deception that people feel comfortable telling themselves. Family ties were more important than whether your relatives were good people or not, and obligation takes the place of generosity.Riad’s drawing skill is such that one can envision the environment quite clearly. It is better than a photograph since Riad can add the elements he wishes to emphasize. In the New York Times review of this title, as well as that in the New Yorker magazine, called "Drawing Blood", we learn that Riad has a few more installments planned for this series, and I look forward eagerly to other adventures as he grows older. He has a viewpoint that is not all sarcasm. He so far has spared his mother, who comes across as a bewildered alien in a hostile environment. Riad’s work has the sting of criticism, but since he presents it through the eyes of a child, adult readers are meant to add their own gloss, knowing what we do about the perceptions of a child. Let’s see what he comes up with next, enjoying this and making up our minds later about whether he oversteps the mark.

  • Tatiana
    2018-11-17 19:49

    Very funny, when it isn't totally terrifying.I will never understand why the author's mom went along with all her husband's crazy ideas though.

  • David Schaafsma
    2018-12-12 17:37

    The first volume of a memoir by filmmaker and former Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Sattouf, about growing up in France--where his Sunni father met his French mother--and Libya and Syria. The artwork is terrific. Cartoony, it took me a little bit to get into the style, but it is highly accomplished work. The story features cute big nosed blonde young Sattouf, his mother, and principally his crazy racist academic father. We get glimpses into the poverty and chaos of Syria and Libya and the contrasts between middle eastern and French lifestyles and cultures of that time. There's commentary of course on the politicians and politics of this era, though it is not heavily political, as we see all these issues through his wild dad's eyes, which we can't really trust. And maybe we see some critique of these views through his mother's reactions, which are maybe a little bit like most of our reactions, a little shocked but mostly amused. We are not led to believe much of anything about the political views of Sattouf. Yet. First volume, and Sattouf is a kid here.As a memoir it is accomplished artwork. There's some disturbing things in it. A family story in three countries. But if one were to compare it to the technically complex narratives of Maus and Persepolis and Fun Home, The Arab of the Future (AOF) (okay, could we have a better title, please?) is pretty straightforward, a kind of travelogue with light commentary. But those titles above set a pretty high bar for memoir work, and AOF is right up there. Translated into more than 18 languages thus far, it is an international sensation. And it is just the first volume, so we'll see where Sattouf takes us. I'm in. I'd say 4.5 would be closer to my rating for this, and I expect it will just get better and more complex.

  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    2018-12-03 12:32

    As a young boy Riad leaves rural France and is relocated in Libya and Syria as his father tries to connect with Pan-Arabist undercurrents in the region. Observant and filled with the type of 'shock of culture' that so often is not considered relevant when trying to understand national identification. This book gives us a micro-view of complex and continuing barriers when identifying normative behavior from differing cultural perspectives.

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-12-01 13:48

    This is the first part of Riad Sattouf’s childhood memoirs, The Arab of the Future, and it is superb! With a Syrian father and French mother, the small family travels across Europe as his father gets work as an associate professor in Tripoli, Libya, during Gaddafi’s reign, before briefly jumping to Brittany, France, and ending up in nightmarish Syria under Hafez al- Assad.Sattouf doesn’t do anything particularly special with his style of storytelling, either literally or visually, he just tells it straightforwardly but he does it so well. He’s a natural storyteller who’s perfectly suited to the comics medium and that makes reading this such a joy. As you would expect, it’s mostly focused on Riad and his family but we also learn what life was like in these countries at the time as well. For example Libya under Gaddafi where housing was free to all - like a bizarre game of finders keepers, you found somewhere that was empty and moved in! - and the basic foods that were doled out to everyone because supermarkets didn’t exist. It was a third world country and, reading the excerpts from Gaddafi’s Green Book here, it’s easy to see why conditions were so bad when this lunatic was running the show! Riad’s father, Abdul-Razak, is the star of this book. Riad writes him as a complex but real person. The only educated member of his Syrian family, he comes across as charming, funny, eccentric, bull-headed, tragic, conflicted, and strict. He certainly seems to come down on Riad quite heavily for not being able to read or wanting to learn despite his son being 3 years old at the time! Once the narrative shifts to Syria though you understand why his father is this way - THIS is where he grew up? Woah. Libya looked bad but Syria is far, far worse. It’s interesting to see Arab culture from the inside where men and women live in the same houses but occupy different rooms - the women eat the men’s leftovers at dinner. What a country though - roving street gangs of kids attacking anything in sight, people literally living in dirt, garbage being sold in the market, no working street lights or even paved roads or pavement. Be warned: there is graphic abuse of animals in this book. A donkey is beaten and a puppy is tortured and killed for entertainment. That was difficult to read – anyone who hurts animals for fun is sick. There are some countries I know I’ll never visit in my life and Syria is definitely one of them. If you didn’t see kids joyriding their dads’ cars, it’d be like time-travelling back to the Middle Ages! There are lots of wonderful little details sprinkled throughout that add so much to the narrative: Riad’s Syrian uncle visiting them in Brittany but being afraid of the sea so he kept his back to it all the time, and Riad’s lecherous French grandfather who used Riad to try picking up ladies, are just two of them. The Arab of the Future is a fantastic memoir that’s both informative and enjoyable and full of great scenes and unique personalities. I loved reading it and can’t recommend it highly enough - really looking forward to picking up the recently released second volume!

  • Ken Moten
    2018-11-18 15:32

    "IT may perhaps be censured as an impertinent criticism, in a discourse of this nature, to find fault with words and names, that have obtained in the world: and yet possibly it may not be amiss to offer new ones, when the old are apt to lead men into mistakes, as this of paternal power probably has done, which seems so to place the power of parents over their children wholly in the father, as if the mother had no share in it; whereas, if we consult reason or revelation, we shall find, she hath an equal title. This may give one reason to ask, whether this might not be more properly called parental power? for whatever obligation nature and the right of generation lays on children, it must certainly bind them equal to both the concurrent causes of it. And accordingly we see the positive law of God every where joins them together, without distinction, when it commands the obedience of children, Honour thy father and thy mother, Exod. xx. 12. Whosoever curseth his father or his mother, Lev. xx. 9. Ye shall fear every man his mother and his father, Lev. xix. 3. Children, obey your parents, &c. Eph. vi. 1. is the style of the Old and New Testament." - "Of Paternal Power," Second Treatise of Government, John LockeThis book is the start of a graphic novel that has filled the void I had ever since I finished One Hundred Years of Solitude. It is the first book in a saga documenting the childhood of the author Riad Sattouf. The blurb that advertises this book best sums it up better than I can: "The Arab of the Future, the #1 French best-seller, tells the unforgettable story of Riad Sattouf's childhood, spent in the shadows of 3 dictators—Muammar Gaddafi, Hafez al-Assad, and his father." This book as much as it is a tale of childhood is a story of living under Arab strongmen, of which the father is the most dominant.When we think of dictators it is easy to think of them as these eternally corrupt supernaturally-powered demons. This book endeavors to show the truth--most dictators are flawed, weak men who happened to be at the right place at the right time. We see the cults of personality that Gaddafi and the elder al-Assad have cultivated, but one gets the feeling that if things had been switched they could have easily turned out to be Abdul-Razak Sattouf. "Abu-Riad", is a hypocritical, bigoted, cowardly man who somehow lucked-on a beautiful wife and started a family. He is close to the worse possible man you want to support a family, but because he moves them into his hometown in Syria, he has a more powerful authority over them than he had in France or even Libya. The book is as much about him as his son. Riad himself is just a child coming of age and trying to get a grip on all the changes going on around him. The author narration is impartial and very monotone, even his personal opinions on his past are very direct with not much hyperbole. When I say the Sattouf's extended family are very similar to Arcadio's in certain respects. I cannot wait to read the next book and see how this kid became the man he is more well known for. The fact that this book deals with a country that is now daily news and that the generation that was the author's age in the book now make up the generation (at least, the older one) that is fighting the civil war in Syria, makes this an important look at the factors that would cause that war.Abu Riad: "The Summer's nearly over...You can't spend your whole life on vacation! The Arab of the future goes to school."

  • Yann
    2018-11-19 18:00

    L'arabe du futur est un roman graphique dessiné par Riad Sattouf, un auteur de père syrien et de mère française, dans lequel il raconte son enfance pendant les années 1980. Il a fait parti de l'Association, avec entre autres Marjane Satrapi, Johan Sfar ou Trondheim. On pense immédiatement à Persépolis. Son père décide d'emmener la famille en Libye, puis en Syrie. C'est l'occasion de faire un portrait à la fois tendre et mais sans concession de son père, fervent partisan du nationalisme arabe, rempli d'espoirs et de rêves, mais aussi plein de préjugés contre l'"Autre", extrêmement raciste et revanchard, de culture Méditerranéenne, attachant une grande importance à la force et la virilité, mais aussi aux traditions, tout en aspirant au changement; un homme pétri de contradictions, qu'il aime tout en regardant ses défauts en face. C'est aussi l'occasion de partager son regard d'enfant sur ses souvenirs, et de découvrir en parallèle la France, la Libye et la Syrie. Comme j'ai aussi hérité d'une double culture, je n'ai pas eu de mal à comprendre l'ambivalence de son regard, car on est plus à même de faire la part des choses entre les influences que l'on reçoit. J'ai donc particulièrement apprécié ce livre, et j'attends la suite avec impatience.

  • Book Riot Community
    2018-12-03 15:02

    I’ve been itching for a good comic book and this one delivered. Part of a trilogy originally in French, the book is a graphic memoir of Riad’s life. The son of a Syrian father and a French mother, he spends his early years between Libya, Syria and France as he encounters the absurdities of life in the Middle East. Gorgeously illustrated.–Kareem Shaheenfrom The Best Books We Read In January 2017: http://bookriot.com/2017/02/01/riot-r...

  • Didi
    2018-11-24 20:44

    L'Arabe du Futur is an excellent recounting of the first 6 years of Riad Sattouf's life. We follow his family from France to Libya and to Syria. We are introduced to the difficulties of life in Libya and Syria and all of the cultural differences and the challenges for Riad to fit in and to speak Arabic. The absurdities and horrors of life living in these countries will make you laugh, outraged, and sorrowful. Sattouf tells the story with blatant honesty. There are many times when you won't believe it and you'll just shake your head in awe. It was interesting and I enjoyed discovering these countries from the 'real' inside. However on the downside, I didn't appreciate that his mother's character figured on most of the pages and didn't say much. She was totally underdeveloped which i felt wasn't very realistic, considering some of the tight spots they were living in. The story essentially revolves around Riad and his father. So I assume his silent mother was done on purpose but I'm not really sure why. Even so, I am looking forward to reading part 2, which I hope won't take too long to be released. It's definitely worthwhile reading.

  • Matthew Quann
    2018-12-01 17:52

    The Arab of the Future is bound to draw comparisons to its predecessors in the field of graphic novels. It is an expansive memoir of Riad Sattouf's childhood spent bouncing between Libya, Syria and France, following his expatriate father. Comparisons have already been drawn between this graphic novel and Persepolis, another comic about a childhood in the middle east, but I found that The Arab of the Future packs a more potent punch. The story here is told from Sattouf's perspective as he begins to develop as a child in a world that is very different from the one in which I grew up. By virtue of having Riad's narrative counterpart being a child, the graphic novel is predominantly focused on his father.Born and raised in Syria, Riad's father remembers his home country's landscape and values with an idyllic sheen of nostalgia. Of course, as he returns to the land of his youth with his family, Abdul finds everything to not be as he remembered. As the family moves back and forth between countries, the tension between his father's education and upbringing come into subtle conflict throughout the story. Rather than have the conflict boil down into a concise and unidirectional argument, Sattouf opts for a more complex view of both his childhood and his father's politics. Abdul is a conflicted man full of contradiction, but that helps to make him seem as if he could walk off the page and into real life. For that, the story is much more rewarding in that Riad Sattouf's seems fully realized, much like Art Spiegelman's father in Maus.Sattouf's art tends towards the more cartoony, but depicts his characters with convincing facial expressions and beautifully rendered landscapes. What's more, the graphic novel shifts in its single-palate colour depending on which country in which the story is taking place. So, for France we see a blue background, while Syria is pink/red. The colours are well chosen as they complement the proceedings of the story, as well as help to convey atmosphere when appropriate.All in all, this is an exceptionally strong graphic novel that is of major relevance to today's political climate. I came away with a richer understanding of the culture and conflict in the Syria and Libya, but was at no point bogged down by huge passages of exposition. For fans of Spiegelman, Sacco, and Gene Luen Yang, you'll find a lot to love in this beautiful graphic novel.

  • Elizabeth A
    2018-12-09 19:57

    Something you might not know about me, is that as a kid born and raised in Kenya, I was a huge fan of Muammar Gaddafi. Huge. He was one of the African leaders who created the hope that we would end Imperialism and all its vices in Africa. Well, things did not quite go as planned, but, I think it is important to not gloss over the things we believed in our childhood, as they affect how we develop our world views as adults.This graphic memoir is set in France, Libya and Syria, and we learn about the childhood of the author and his family as they navigate various cultures, religions, and political landscapes. The author's father is a Sunni Arab who married a French woman, and like many immigrants, he is a contradiction that many people find hard to understand. His father is quite Western and modern in some ways, but also retains much of the values and prejudices he acquired as a child, and like all kids born into cultures not of their parents, the author grapples with these contradictions. The art is quite basic and sketchy, but I loved the way the author uses color in his panels. I really enjoyed the exploration of different cultures/religions/environments from the point of view of a child, but filtered through adult eyes. This is a rather straightforward memoir, but it is the honest look at these situations that suck the reader in, and reminds us of how much that happens to children is really because of parental whims, and how much our family histories influence the adults we become. It is not often that we get an insider look into the lives of ordinary people from these parts of the world, and I hope the author's other works will also be translated into English. I highly recommend this one.

  • Ammar
    2018-12-07 13:53

    My first graphic novel of 2017. Riad Sattouf takes us on a magic carpet toward his childhood in France, Libya, and Syria. He draws his childhood in a cartoonish way under the shadow of Gaddafi, Hafez Assad, and his father. We see the world through his eyes. The eyes of a blonde boy struggling with the Middle East and have no idea what is going on around him. I enjoyed the drawings, the political interpretations and the way media is used in this memoir. The way he draws the news reels and the radio news and I could totally hear the anchors saying the news. I can't wait to read volume two

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-12 18:51

    Surprised by how much I loved this one - funny, sharp, and thought-provoking. The author's father is Syrian and his mother is French, and he spent different parts of his childhood in Libya, France, and Syria. There's so much to mull over in here - the way Sattouf depicts childhood (and how children perceive different cultures), the nutso but fascinating portrait of his father, and the way that the political and the personal intersect. And, as a bonus, my sense of humor meshed perfectly with Sattouf's, so I laughed a ton. Highly recommended.

  • Louise
    2018-11-19 18:51

    The title is serious as is the book.If we didn't know the future of little Riad it would be hard to guess, but the future of his cousins is clear.This doesn't have the punch of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, Barefoot Gen, Volume One: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima or Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History, which portray everyday people in big moments of history. Sattouf describes the day to day drone of life under dictatorship. He shows his father's cognitive dissonance as he tries to ignore the reality that doesn't fit his beliefs. His poor mother! It's hard to understand her. Is she trapped, resigned or fully committed to her impossible husband?

  • Conrad
    2018-11-25 18:53

    I have to admit - I have some sort of weird aversion to cartoons/ animation of any kind. One of my worst memories from childhood was being incessantly forced to watch them. My older and younger brothers adored them and anytime we had some kind of family night and got to go to the video rental store - they’d ALWAYS pick out some cartoon movie while I was desperately wanting to watch Working Girl or The Fabulous Baker Boys.However, I did always like the sunday cartoon strips in newspapers (especially Cathy & Peanuts) so perhaps I do have a built in appreciation for it. I attribute that fondness to my never-seeming-to-waver love for the work of Daniel Clowes.So it was a real surprise to me - twice now - this year that I greatly enjoyed a graphic novel, two! not written and designed by Daniel Clowes. The first was the incomparable My Favorite Thing is Monsters and now the wonderful, witty and silly The Arab of the Future which manages to sneak in a lot of profound ideas and give so much credibility to the art form as it neatly explores how political passions shape our upbringings and how the political leanings of our parents can mold us - even when we don’t want it to. This is a “middle Eastern” story but it has great universal appeal. I wasn’t expecting something with such a goofy sense of character and cartoon-sensibility to hit on so many hard-hitting topics. Like any childhood with any arena of politics as the backdrop - it’s both amusing and horrific.

  • Suad Shamma
    2018-11-19 19:40

    I really can't decide how I feel about this book. I can't put my feelings into words. I gave it 4 stars because the graphics are great, and the sarcasm/humor is on point. No one can say otherwise. However, being an Arab and a Muslim myself, I feel torn about where I stand. Yes, this is a satiric account of a boy's life moving around between Libya, Syria and France. A boy who was born to a Syrian father and a French mother. It bothered me how acquiescent the mother seemed to be, it was actually quite annoying. For someone who is not Arab and was not raised in the Middle East, to give up her life so readily for an extremely politically opinionated Syrian man and live the life she has (according to Riad's account that is), it was frustrating. He portrayed her as a woman without a voice. Of course, this is only his account, and I can't be sure how credible or accurate it all is. I mean, we are talking about the life of a boy from the age of 2 to the age of about 6 years old. How can he remember his life at that age in such detail? And if he didn't and this is all based on experiences described by his family (mom, dad, grandparents etc.), then how accurate are those memories? Everyone remembers the same incident differently, so you can never actually be sure. In that sense, this memoir immediately loses some of its credibility. On the other hand, there's the whole idea of simply taking things at face value and learning to laugh at oneself. And that's something Arabs are not very good at doing. We don't know how to laugh at ourselves and not take things too seriously. Myself included. We don't know how to be satirical or ironic, and those who do - such as Riad here - are always judged and looked at with mild disdain. We also tend to quickly take offense and attack.This book is full of satire, that's for sure. It highlights some key traditions and customs of Arabs - specifically Muslims. Such as the prayers and eating together and so on. I found myself having to constantly remind myself that this is a memoir dating back to early 1980s when things were very different back then.The fact is, nothing portrayed in the book is completely out of line (except we don't go around beating animals or killing them, even Arabs are horrified by those children's actions), and yet I still caught myself occasionally being offended. I've finished reading this book and I've made a conscious decision not to go looking for the other installments.

  • Maria
    2018-11-26 13:41

    Helaas komen er nog meer delen over en van Riad, helaas voor m'n portemonnee dan. Want oh, wat hou ik hier toch van. Een aanrader voor de liefhebbers van Persepolis en de boeken van Guy Deslisle.Riad heeft een Franse moeder en een Syrische vader en met elkaar vertrekken ze rond 1980 naar Libië. Ze wonen daar in een huis zonder slot, halen hun eten met bonnen bij een coöperatie waar dan weer vooral eieren, dan weer voornamelijk bananen uitgedeeld worden. De ene dag halen mannen het eten ,de andere dag de vrouwen, dit om onzedig gedrag te voorkomen!In Syrië gaan ze wonen in het dorp waar de vader is opgegroeid, niet ver van Homs. Best bizar te lezen over een plaats die nu zo vaak in het nieuws is. In Syrië heeft Riad het nog moeilijker. Hij wordt uitgescholden en achternagezeten. Het is schokkend te lezen hoe agressief de andere kinderen zijn. Niet alleen naar de, uit de toon vallende, Riad maar ook naar elkaar of een onschuldige hond. Brrr, allerlei gruwelijks in dit deel.En passant lees je (vooral de mening van papa) over Khaddafi, Saddam Hoessein en Assad(vader vd huidige Assad) en over de conflicten die er in die periode in de regio speelden, over sjiieten en soennieten en dan alles door de ogen van een kleuter! Die papa is overigens zeer dominant en behoorlijk onsympathiek, zijn uitlatingen getuigen niet van nuance (om het maar eufemistisch te formuleren…). Ook is hij als man natuurlijk de baas in huis. Ik vraag me af of dit huwelijk stand gaat houden?Ik ga het ongetwijfeld lezen in een vervolg..

  • Eric Anderson
    2018-11-16 18:51

    I read graphic books so rarely, but every time I do pick one up I wonder why I don’t read more. Maybe it’s because usually only the most acclaimed and, presumably, high quality ones reach me. Whatever the case, this first volume of Riad Sattouf’s graphic memoir about his childhood growing up in Libya, Syria and France is absolutely mesmerising. It depicts his experiences under the parentage of his academic Syrian father Abdul-Razak and his French mother Clementine. His father’s ideals and pride about his heritage are complicated by the real world challenges he and his family encounter living under the rule of Gaddafi in early 80s Libya and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria a few years later. Gradually his principles change and he aspires to fashion his young blonde-haired son Riad into the Arab of the future.Read my full review of The Arab of the Future by Riad Sattouf on LonesomeReader

  • toxicangel
    2018-12-01 17:35

    J'ai bien aimé. Le style de l'auteur est vraiment très sympa, que ce soit dans le dessin, les dialogues et tous les petits commentaires annotés directement sur les dessins. J'ai trouvé que l'auteur avait vraiment trouvé le ton juste pour parler de l'enfance et qu'il rendait très bien le mélange de naïveté et de violence liés à cet âge. Il y a aussi beaucoup de second degré et c'est tant mieux car sous son aspect très naïf, l'arrière plan se révèle parfois assez dur et/ou dérangeant. J'ai eu du mal notamment avec beaucoup de réflexions du père qui, même s'il a des côtés attachants, a eu tendance à me casser les bonbons avec sa suffisance et certains de ses commentaires vraiment borderline (racistes et misogynes notamment). C'est à la fois le point fort et le point faible de cette BD : il n'y a pas de jugement. Les lecteurs vivent l'action au travers du petit Riad, qui découvre le monde avec ses yeux et ses oreilles d'enfant, donc sans aucun filtre.Je lirai très certainement la suite car j'ai hâte de savoir comment les retrouvailles entre Riad et ses terreurs de cousins vont se dérouler. Mais j'avoue que je découvrirai certainement avant les Cahiers d'Esther, feuilleté au détour des étals de librairie et qui m'a vraiment donné envie.

  • MissSugarTown
    2018-12-11 15:40

    Très instructif, le regard innocent d'un enfant métisse sur l'Orient ! J'ai beaucoup ri mais une scène dure vers la fin, j'en ai encore mal au coeur... Le tome 2 j'appréhende, je sens que ce ne sera pas drôle pour un sou...

  • Marie
    2018-11-19 16:57

    Mais quand est ce qu'elle le quitte? Bon sinon c'est drôle et triste et le dessin est toujours cool.

  • John
    2018-11-19 20:50

    Volume 1 of Riad Sattouf's cartoon memoir* tells the story of the French cartoonist's early years, which sees him and his family move from France to Lybia, back to France, then to Syria. As best as I can tell it covers the first five years of his life.Sattouf's father, a kind of naive idealist, looms large in this volume (he may even be the protagonist to some degree), in contrast to the young, largely speechless Sattouf, and his mother, a French woman who leaves her homeland for the Middle East. During the family's stay in Libya they barely leave the house because, under Gaddafi, anyone could live in any house or apartment that happened to be vacant. Through the perspective of Sattouf the toddler the more absurdist aspects of the Libyan dictator's regime come across as no less strange than any other aspect of adult life.After a brief sojourn in France the family is off to the Syrian city of Homs, where Riad's mother gives birth to another son. Homs comes across as an even more backwards wasteland than Tripoli, with a constant stream of tattered plastic bags being blown around by the wind and children defecating on the street. Unlike Libya, where Gaddafi had at least the pretense of a progressive vision, insane though it was, in Syria there is no fig leaf concealing the Assad family's totalitarian instinct, and the pervading sense of hopelessness makes for some pretty dour (though wonderfully-drawn) scenes.As a perpetually optimistic western-educated non-believer, Sattouf's father is not entirely at home among either the cowed and fearful populace of Libya or the ultra-devout community of his ancestral Syrian homeland. He shamelessly admires the totalitarian approach to government for the Middle East, however, and though his western outlook gives him an intense, though vague, vision of a progressive future for the region, he opts for most of the volume to be an observer of events rather than shape them. Towards the end of the volume, however, he seems to imprint his vision, and hopes, for Syria, and the Middle East at large, onto his son, the so-called "Arab of the Future" of the title.* Is there a better word for this? The term "cartoon memoir" might come across as belittling, but it is less confusing than "graphic memoir", which makes it sound full of sex and violence (it's not), or "comic memoir", which makes it sound like a laugh riot (ditto).

  • Bogi Takács
    2018-11-30 20:00

    Everything is awful and everyone is horrible! This is not a light read, and it has heapings of both bullying and animal abuse. (This is not necessarily a problem for me, I was severely bullied as a child but in general I am OK reading about it. Just stating because your mileage might seriously vary.)It also has the annoying French / Franco-Belgian / (also somewhat Nordic) comics tendency of showing a lot of "politically incorrect" things and while presented as bad, still kind of reveling in showing them. Here this often coincides with the Western gaze, so I can totally see why the book became a smashing success. Plus it has the trope "angelic blonde child abused by swarthy brutes". Yes, it is ownvoices, it is a memoir so ownvoices by default. But it plays into those tropes very strongly IMO.(You get content warnings about ableism, anti-Semitism, misogyny and cheerful authoritarianism.)I will probably read the next volume too, I got it from the library together with this one, but with the critical distance I'd recommend.(For the record, Oh my G-D i am not claiming that any of the dictatorships depicted were good in any way, they were dictatorships!! I was a child in a much milder dictatorship literally called "the happiest barrack" and I wouldn't recommend that either! I am just simply stating that this book very eagerly feeds a myriad stereotypes, even ones not about Arabs - e.g., that Indians constantly smell of strange food. So I'd tackle it with caution.)

  • Ibtissam
    2018-12-05 14:02

    Edit : i would like to point out to people who will read this graphic novel that this man lived in rural places which are usually way too different than the cities in both countries. so just because he had to live that kind of experience doesn't mean that everyone in those countries are living like that.Wowowowowow I totally didn’t expect I would read another graphic novel before the end of this year but when I found this one on the library I couldn’t just not pick it up to read it, the cover and the title intrigued me way too much lol, and omg at the shade in this novel, I love how it shows how much hypocrite and delusional some people can get and that no matter how educated they can be they would always defend some of their believes no matter how wrong those believes are and also defend their presidents and try to glorify them no matter how bad they can be, I just loved the first volume and I can’t wait to read the next one… oh another thing i laughed a lot while reading this novel, something i rarely do when reading something even if it was meant to be funny.

  • Charles Hatfield
    2018-11-12 12:34

    I am not sure about the accuracy of this book as a work of reportage -- it gives powerful first-person recollections from a very young child's viewpoint -- but as a graphic memoir it is stunning. Clear, fluent cartooning, in a goofy-at-first-glance yet flexible and potent style, delivers memories by turns hilarious and harrowing. This is the story of the author's young boyhood in Libya, Syria, and France from the late 70s through mid-80s, and I have to say that the depiction of life in Libya and Syria is unflattering, indeed brutal and unnerving, despite Sattouf's humorous manner. As young Riad's father's utopian dreams of pan-Arabism collide with the realities of living in impoverished countries under crushing dictatorships, the story takes a dark, dark turn, and ends in mid-air, with a further volume promised. I will look out for it. This is a remarkable, if unnerving, picture of childhood under duress, and cultural conflict worked out on the level of home, family, community.

  • Charlotte
    2018-11-27 18:37

    Un excellent premier tome que j'ai pris beaucoup de plaisir à lire !J'ai aimé l'histoire très personnelle que nous livre l'auteur sur sa jeunesse et j'ai trouvé intéressant de vivre cela avec ses yeux d'enfants. On apprend pas mal de choses sur la culture Libyenne et Syrienne notamment et le tout est raconté à la fois avec humour (Dieu sous les traits de Georges Brassens m'a beaucoup fait rire !) mais aussi avec beaucoup de justesse. J'ai hâte de lire le deuxième tome !

  • Cassandra - Croque les Mots
    2018-11-22 19:42

    Difficile de savoir comment noter ce livre... 2 étoiles ça paraît vraiment peu et en même temps je ne peux pas mettre 3 étoiles pour dire "je l'ai aimé" car je sais que je ne lirai pas la suite...Je conseille tout de même fortement à ceux qui veulent approcher certaines cultures du Moyen-Orient. J'ai trouvé dommage que la mère soit trop souvent effacée... Plutôt perplexe pour celui-ci !

  • Sonya Serial Reader
    2018-11-22 15:56

    Drôle..quand c'est pas effrayant !J'ai adoré les dessins, les anecdotes, l'humour noir, la sincérité qui transparaît de cette histoire, l'innocence de la perspective de Riad, son personnage adorable, naïf mais non sans malice. Le hic, c'est que j'ai cordialement détesté le père, qui est quand même un personnage très conséquent et omniprésent dans la BD, toutes ses répliques me mettaient en colère ou m'agacait infiniment, et même si je sais que ce doit être exprès ça m'a un peu gâché mon plaisir de lecture. je ne comprenais pas la passivité de la mère aussi, à suivre son con de mari dans toutes ses folies. Ça n'empêche que je vais continuer à lire l'arabe du futur et les autres BD de Riad Sattouf avec énorme plaisir. Découverte d'un raconteur exceptionnel