Craig Thompson's graphic novel Habibi is a bittersweet, epic love story centering on Dodola, a child sold into marriage and then into slavery, and Zam an orphaned toddler. Their lives are forever entwined after Dodola escapes from the auction block and takes Zam with her. They end up on a deserted ship in the desert where they survive for nine years on food Dodola mysteriously scavenges from passing caravans. While procuring food one day, Dodola is captured and forced into a Sultan's harem. The story skips forward and backward in time and six years pass before the two are reunited each having had a myriad of life changing experiences along the way. Their story is infused with parallel stories from the Qur'an and the Bible rendered beautifully with lush illustrations and Arabic calligraphy. The 672 pages will fly by and the graphics will take your breath away.
Be sure to catch author and illustrator Craig Thompson at Boswell Books on Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Submitted by Maria @ Central