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Les Miserables (Les Misrables) hRe is a lot of rape in this book starting with the first few pages when nine year old Dodola is deflowered byer adult Dancing with Words husband and it only gets worse from there Over 700 pages Dodola is coerced into sex forced to trade sex in order to survive and straight up pinned to the ground and violently raped and Thompson draws these scenes in so much detail that reading them started to feel voyeuristic at best At worst Thompson seems to be eroticizing rape And of course because this is essentially a book about sex that means there s going to be a lot of naked people Or accuratelyTITS TITS EVERYWHERE TIT SPLOSION TIT POCALYPSE Tits knockers jugs ta tasooters boobies BREASTS ALL OVER THE DAMN PLACE I would estimate that the page to tit ratio in this story is about 14 Just about every female character spends most of er time being topless and Dodola erself is topless or just butt ass naked for about 80% of the story The good news is that with the sheer volume of bare breasts in this story the book would make an absolutely stellar present for any 12 year old boys you might know Christmas is coming up guysI don t want to give the impression that I m offended by nudity Far from it However I support eual opportunity nudity which means that if I In Defense of a Liberal Education have to spend my reading time looking at boobs theread better be some dicks to balance things out And that s where this book ventures into awkward territory On the It s just too bad This book is conceived in a truly spectacular way and visually it succeeds and succeeds and succeeds Even at its most whimsical and farflung the stories of the prophets and the references to mysticism thread elegantly through the narrative Thompson Gender Is Fair Game has a knack for portraying themes through symbolism in an elaborate poignant manner The book was at its best actually during these side stories The basic narrative is rather literally fucked The theme of the story is commodification consumption exploitation and Thompson undermines all of it throughis depictions of women Dodola is exploited and raped again and again and again in a particularly unsettling manner you can see that the narrative is grappling with some serious problems through these events but she s also positioned in repellingly titillating ways as it s Wybór wierszy happening Women are given plenty of excuses to be naked and their bodies are generally given the same idealized shape men are stuffed into formless drapery and nobodyas any kind of meaningful sex until the end The last point would not be an issue if Thompson s treatment of sex left it at a point of convincing redemption It s not that exploitation as a topic is off limits and believe me I 11 Before 12 have SO MUCH sympathy for the environmental parallelse draws it s the fact that you shouldn t engage in a practice you re actively condemning For instance the scene where Dodola as a nine year old POISONS D'AVRIL has compassion forer much older The Theory Of Industrial Organization husband s vulnerabilities is moving and brave What is not moving and brave is the way Thompson depictser during this panel naked approaching LAbyssin him sexually and the fact that this compassion manifests as it s implied tending tois needs And this isn t even to touch the flagrant Orientalism For a book so meticulously researched you d think Promise of Power he d at least know to avoid all thosearem cliches For god s sake So so disappointing to see someone so talented fail in such a fundamental way Damn you Craig Thompson I m so disappointed with your book HabibiYour book is absolutely awful despite
fancy artwork You ve totally lost respect after I ve read your book today In fact I couldn t even finish it Your book is problematic in so many ways It s over the top racist and sexist and shallow I ve never read a book before that glorifies and romanticizes sexual violence so much On every other page your female protagonist was raped objectified or victimized Every Arabic man in your book was a brutal camel riding rapist with no morality or redeeming ualities at all The only reason Arabic men exist in your world is to abuse women and the only reason Arabic women exist is to please men who can t Ever Dark help being rapists Your uotes from the uran in the midst of all the female nakedness and in between scenes of sexual violence felt extremely offensive And I m not even religiousThese uotes added nothing substantial to your shallow story Reading your pretentious offensive and ultimately pointless book was an extremely uncomfortable experience I picked up this mind boggling graphic novel on a whim and I ll forever be grateful for that Myead felt a spaceship right after finishing Prepare for this to change your perception and the way you think
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About EverythingHabibi The everythingHabibi tells the of Dodola and Zam refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance by circumstance and by the love that grows between them We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world not unlike our own fueled by fear lust and greed and as they discover the extraordinary depth and frailty of their connectionAnd can I just say that this was exactly what I was looking for in graphic novels intellectual emotional philosophical religious existential feelings Plus not only was the dialogue written with Christian Faith 101 haunting detail but the illustrations oh man the illustrations were a whole new level of beautiful and vibrant I think the above is my all time favorite piece of drawing from Habibi The level of detail is remarkable I m still reeling from everything that went down but I do know this I was left feeling both satisfied and craving for of Dodola and Zam particularly the lavishing stories she toldim There are a couple of them that keep The Math Workshop haunting my mind wherever I goTo conclude Craig Thompson is a mastermind and I can t wait to pick up ofis brilliant creations Note I m an Affiliate If you re interested in buying Habibi just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commission Support creators you love Buy a Coffee for nat bookspoils with I am just sad and very upset ignorant and shallow orientalism go through this book from start to finish The artwork is amazing although I Babys Bathtime hate it when arabic calligraphy is misused as a decor and with random meaningless letters The elaborate usage of religious stories thatad nothing to do with the ideologies in the book and its storyline that were further exploited sometimes by misinterpretations was just too much for me Overall it s overwhelming and not in a good way as a Muslim woman I feel very offended and I know these cases did exist in the past but this as nothing to do with the middle east or Arabs or Islam for that matter Every spoilt culture went through these phases slavery child marriages and rape This was to me very offensive and extremely racist. Sesta tarinankerronnan perinteestä mutta sen tarina tuo mystisine juonteineen ja syvällisessä kulttuuriin perehtyneisyydessään lukijan eteen arabikulttuurin koko moninaisuuden Sivuja kuvittava arabiornamentiikka ja tarinan imu vievät lukijan Tuhannen ja yhden yön maisemiin runouden ja erotiikan arvoitusten äärelle. A couple weeks ago I read and reviewed Chester Brown s Paying For It a book singularly concerned with separating love from sex Brown forwards the idea that fewer problems arise if we segregate sex as completely as we can from Yay for OrientalismMy beef with Thompson is about is staggering Orientalism which I ll get to shortlyThemes of longing and survival permeate Habibi The protagonists Zam and Dodola long for each other likening this to a yearning for the Divine Middle Eastern poets Alorns Treasure (Griffin Pirate Stories Series 2 Book 20) have done this for centuries Zam and Dodola endureorrible events in the name of survival perhaps tying in with Thompson s conservationist theme by implying that our disregard for the earth is tantamount to rape and castration of the planet These themes Its Just Been Glorious however are often drowned out no matterow much Thompson underlines them by the towering gaffes of Cell his misrepresentation The country of Wanatolia may be fiction but the cultures it mimics and clumsily muddles together are realWhen one opens Habibi one might assume that it takes place a long time ago in a fictional far away land thatappens to look and feel just like Disney s Agrabah But lo Wanatolia Bloody Acquisitions (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, has steam punk themed palace guards andigh rise condo construction that flies in the face of a village s pollution and resulting poverty and famine Is it to represent the Global South as Thompson claims in a Guernica interviewNo It s simply an Orientalist reimaging of a modern Arabia Thompson needs modern machinery to further Fusiliers his conservationist theme bute still wants The American Nurse his pre modernarems full of odalisues with no cell phones and Dangerous Desire his pre modern camel caravans crossing a desert thatis very same construction companies would build roads throughThompson admitted to Guernica that The Little Book of Puns he drew inspiration for Habibi from the Orientalist art movement Orientalist paintings are a primary example of Orientalism as a racist point of view because they are Western depictions of Arab lands based on preconceptions of the painters who oftenad never been to the region they were depicting Thompson traps imself by not realizing that is magical land full of djinns and The Complete Idiots Guide to Rumi Meditations harems is exactly the kind of fantastical interpretation that many Middle Eastern people and Muslimsave ad enough ofAnd then we come to the other uge problem its portrayal of women and the sexualizing of rape The female protagonist Dodola is raped constantly as a child by er first usband as a child and teen by men in the caravans she tried to steal food from by the sultan whose arem she lived in Dodola s istory is a A Strangers Touch (Psychic Triplet Trilogy, history of rape also falling into the Orientalist trope of brutal male savages and their oppressed women And once Zam or Habibi the male protagonist witnesses one of these rapes bothis consciousness and is dreams are plagued by sensual reenactments of er rape Do I really The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler have to make the pointere that sexualizing rape is dangerous and unacceptableTasnim at Muslimah Media Watch Papyrus and Tablet highlights the tired savage menoppressed women dichotomy that Thompson s novel rehashes Dodola s narrative in particular features an endless array of savage men victimizing sexualized women withardly a page passing without nudity or brutality Every other page Dodola was naked for one reason or another being raped bathing birthing The way Thompson portrays the female form is little than a screen on which to project The Reckoning: the electrifying new novel from bestseller John Grisham his Orientalist new agey crap And with the current lack of female representation in comic books and graphic novels you d thinke d try a little A Foxs Love (American Kitsune harder to makeis female protagonist than a naked bodyI genuinely appreciated Thompson s attempt to include the ur an in a positive way which is why I wanted to like this novel G Willow Wilson who The Provocateur has a foot in both worlds because she is both Muslim and a graphic novelist tried similarly writing the sheer dearth of sympathetic Muslim characters in western literature and the fiercely secular world of comics and graphic novels in particular makes me want to forgive a few small sins of inauthenticity And the beautiful drawings almost sway me before I realize that just because it s beautiful doesn t mean it s okayBut mixing Middle Eastern fairy tales with ur anic passages new age y alchemist references and a constantly naked female protagonist turned odalisue makes it apparent that Habibi is Thompson s attempt to writeis own Arabian Nights Wow I guarantee you ve never read anything like this book SpoilersAbsolutely awful one of the most rage inducing things I ve ever read I don t even know where to begin there were that many fucked up things about it Random rambly thoughts Habibi was a ridiculously offensive graphic novel filled with nothing but racist sexist orientalist misogynistic rubbish Then there was the glorification of abuse and rape running throughout the main character couldn t go at least a couple of pages without being naked raped or victimised The story itself was shallow nonsensical over the top unrealistic and a general mess Habibi might Trading Christmas have been set in a fictional country but it was than clear that it was some warped stereotypical and exaggerated portrayal of the Middle East and Arabsmuslims what with the clothing the main religion being Islam the use of Arabic language the characters being mostly Arab and thearems the jinn the myths and stories told within Thompson s idea of Middle Eastern culture was ALL men are either rapists Habibi is a laboriously gorgeous comic with beautiful drawings inks and atmosphere Ever since Craig Thompson announced it on Never an outbreak his blog years ago Iad been really excited I Pride had loved Goodbye Chunky Rice liked Blankets and was sure that Thompson would craft a beautiful story with all the care that it would reuire It s a real shame that it s aopelessly orientalist narrative with virtually every other ism you can think of added in with bonus writing that really isn t
that great We spend 672 pages with Dodola and Zam sometimes also known as Habibi other times known as Cham but great We spend 672 pages with Dodola and Zam sometimes also known as Habibi other times known as Cham but the end I can really tell you very little about either character Dodola likes stories She considers Zam Men her true child That s really it With Zam all I can tell you is thate is in love with Dodola That really is all I could tell you about is characterAnd perhaps that wouldn t be so bad if Dodola and Zam weren t the only characters that are given even the briefest amount of depth Basically every man excepting one is out to covet and salivate over female flesh and even that exception as a moment when first introduced out to covet and salivate over female flesh and even that exception The Robotics Primer (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents Series) has a moment when first introduced it s unclear whether or note would Step Out of Your Story have done something to Dodola were Zam not to claimer as The Eyes of the Dead his The women the very few there are are all sexualized with absolutely no autonomy No not even Dodola On the topic of Dodola where do I even start As a child she is sold to be a middle ag. Dodolan lapsuus loppuu kunänet myydään vaimoksi keski ikäiselle paksumahaiselle miehelle Mies on kuitenkin kiltti ja opettaa Rules for a Lady hänet lukemaan ja kirjoittamaan Kun maantierosvot tappavat miehen raa’asti Dodola pakenee autiomaahan Hän asettuu asumaanylättyyn laivaan orjuudelta pelastamansa pienen pojan Habibin kan. Ed man s bride who rapes Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles her but also teacheser to read When ABC herusband is murdered in front of Odd Man In her she is sold into slavery but that s where she meets Zam She escapes with a child to live in the desert where she sleeps with the men in traveling caravans in order to get food When she is raped it is to cause trauma for Zam and promptly thereafter she is captured to be a part of the Sultan sarem Yes that s right Captured To be a part of the Sultan s HaremThere she gets a few servants to wait on Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale her black of course she gets pregnant and frets over what Zam would think ofer she sleeps with the Sultan to keep Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children him enticed which works for a while until it doesn t She then gets thrown into a polluted river with the expectation of drowninger along with a large amount of women the sultan throws away because Carlyle Marney he is bored where Zam rescueser and nurses Shameful her back toealth Afterwards she lets Zam ave what e s always wanted and they start a sexual relationshipDodola Sacred Landscapes has no autonomy in Habibi She is almost always sexualized but never does it seem to be anything Dodolaerself controls She makes mention of not viewing Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, her body aser own as it Gold Rush has always belonged to other men andow Girl Reporter her attempt to start a romantic relationship with Zam was phrased is made me sick It wasn t abouter wants or needs beyond that she wanted to bear Zam s child and she wanted to make Zam Hunted happy Dodola never says that she wants to sleep withim other than as a means to an end and the reader Gingerbread Heart has no reason to think that she would want to be withim Even er dreams and fantasies involve er naked with Biz Talk-2 her back arched to expose breast and ass The rape scenes are an attempt for righteous indignation and criticism butow they are rendered is as much about romanticizing the act and giving the viewer a free pass to indulge as it is about damning At one point I decided to start counting Ricky Ricottas Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Ricky Ricotta, how many pages Dodola appeared sexualized or naked but I losteart after I got to 85 pagesThere s including making a butchery of the Hijra also known as the third gender wherein Zam becomes one and later intends to kill A Historical Atlas of Tibet himself foraving wrecked The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, his body in front of God and Dodola PLUS some inexplicable bigotry where Zam whoas been raised completely separate from society goes into town and screams at the Hijra going around that they are filthy and unnatural or Italian Warships Of World War II how the romance came completely out of left field and didn t touch on the emotional incest at all but frankly thinking about this book is upsetting There are some nice comic layouts that flow very well and the art is gorgeous which is the only reason this bookas that second star I would not recommend this book to anyonethere is no explanation for the shifting names that I can recallwhich makes zero sense that someone removed from society would come in and immediately show bigotry Confusion I could ave understood but vitriol I don t usually read graphic novels but on the recommendation of my roommate and the fact that this is one beautiful looking book I started reading this At first I wasn t sure ow to review it because frankly I Critical Social Theory and the End of Work had a lot of conflicting feelings about it Some parts I loved some parts Iated some parts I wonder if I just misunderstood But it s okay because that just means I was given an opportunity to write a review in what is personally my favorite reviewing style which isTHE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Aw yeah Better use the bathroom and grab a snack guys we re gonna be ere a while THE GOOD first this is a gorgeous graphic novel Every page is filled with details that I probably didn t even notice because I was whipping through the story so fast despite being 700 pages you can get through this in a couple days because of
all the picturesthe pictures it made me want to go back and just look at the pages without noticing the words And the story is eually wonderful Dodola and Zam brought together as slave children escape and spend several years living in the desert together Dodola teaches Zam to read and tells im stories which are interspersed throughout the novel
THEN DODOLA IS KIDNAPPED AND SOLD TO A HAREMDodola is kidnapped and sold to a Simple Wicca harem Zam is left to fend forimself and they each Protect Your Purity have to learn to survive in their new circumstances while trying to find each other Zam and Dodola are fantastic characters and I loved the uaran stories the best part is when Dodola tells stories that also appear in the Old Testament and my personal favorite was seeing the differences between the two versions of Abraham sacrificingis son The story is told in shifting timelines which was confusing at first but I figured it out after a few pages and did I mention that the drawings are gorgeous Everyone should take a moment and read this review which includes pictures from the novel See what I mean So despite what the next two sections are going to say this is a really moving and beautiful story and will stay with me for a long time This is despite or maybe because of certain uncomfortable elements Strap yourselves in and prepare forTHE BAD as other reviewers Theatre Histories have pointed out this bookas a lot of uncomfortably Orientalist elements For a while everything is going well Dodola is a strong educated woman who tells Zam stories from the uaran and teaches Waterloo him calligraphy But then she gets kidnapped and thrown in aarem and it all goes to Yobo hell as we re transported into one of those 19th century paintings made by European men whoad never even seen a The Last Runaway harem Consideringow thoughtful and generally un stereotypical the rest of Thompson s portrayal of the Middle East is it was a real disappointment to read the Sanctuary (The New World Series, harem sections of the story and find thate didn t even try to subvert or disprove the stereotypes and misconceptions Instead e just goes all out with the fetishism of the arem and all the ugly stereotypes that go with it The luxurious palace is full of scheming eunuchs and kindly black slaves and the Lion Boy Trilogy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy: The Chase (Book 2) and Lion Boy: The Truth (Book 3)) harem women are catty bitches who fight each other for the attention of the fat lecherous sultan Thompson commits so wholeeartedly to portraying every myth and misconception about Data Interpretation Questions And Case Histories harems that I almost suspecte did it on purpose Inside the Hornets Head he spent six years researching this book I would assume that at some pointe learned that the story of sultans choosing which girl to sleep with by throwing Imagination According to Humphrey (According to Humphrey hisandkerchief at Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales her was almost certainly made up by white men but if that s the case I don t seeow it benefits Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods., his story If this is a tongue in cheek mockery of Orientalist stereotypes it s too subtle for me to grasp THE UGLY This book is about a lot of things love religion family survival freedom courage and sex Really it s mostly about sex The protagonist Dodola spends probably 60% ofer story time Phoebe’s Fair Valentine (Oh. My. Gods., having sex Guessow many times that sex is consensual ONE GODDAMN TIME IN 700 PAGES YeahThe. Ssa Autiomaassa nämä kaksi lasta elävät vaatimatonta mutta onnellista elämää kunnes Dodola ryöstetään jalkavaimoksi sulttaanin aaremiin Habibi lähtee etsimään Dodolaa Alkaa taival jonka aikana Habibi joutuu kasvokkain myös omien juuriensa ja sisimpänsä kanssaMuhkea sarjakuvaromaani saa aineksensa islamilai.