Title: The Arab of the Future 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985
Writer and Artist: Riad Sattouf
The Sattouf family spent 1984-1985 living in Syria, though the book
does include one trip back to France to visit the grandparents.
insights into Syrian life are interesting: the differences between
urban and rural society in the Arab world, the status of women in a
traditional family, schools, etc. The book is good but not exactly gripping. I'm curious about Riad's world but there's no strong, broader story to latch onto. I want more of a reason to care than I'm getting. There is a third volume out now that covers 1985-87. I think I'll take a pass, at least for now.