Title: The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984
Author and Artist: Riad Sattouf
While the cross-cultural experiences are certainly interesting, the more interesting story is the drama within Riad's own home. His father is quite a colorful character: ambitious and a bit rough around the edges. At times he comes across as almost progressive but he is not shy in expressing his bigotry towards Jews and he has a surprisingly sympathetic view towards Arab dictators. Riad's mother's story is darker. He hasn't said as much yet but she appears to be heading towards a severe depression.
The artwork is minimalist, yet engaging. Sattouf likes potty humor, which I do not but it's infrequent. I'm definitely interested in the second book which covers 1984-85. A third book is scheduled to be released soon as well.
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