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10 thoughts on “Cairo

  1. says:

    This This This is what graphic novels are for Augh I want to readstuff like this immediately A hashish dealer, a wannabe revolutionary journalist, an Israeli soldier, a wannabe suicide bomber, and a wannabe something anything from the O.C get drawn into a conflict between a gangster and a djinn in, you guessed it, Cairo There s interesting, nuanced things said about politics, about religion, about history, about class, about gender sorta , about, well, everything you think should p This This This is what graphic novels are for Augh I want to readstuff like this immediately A hashish dealer, a wannabe revolutionary journalist, an Israeli soldier, a wannabe suicide bomber, and a wannabe something anything from the O.C get drawn into a conflict between a gangster and a djinn in, you guessed it, Cairo There s interesting, nuanced things said about politics, about religion, about history, about class, about gender sorta , about, well, everything you think should probably be talked about when you ve got a dealer, a journalist, a soldier, an extremist, and a college girl running through the streets of Cairo and the Undernile Oh, and then there are some gunfights and some mystical battles and evil and good and, really, the djinn is totally badass The one problem is that this is not a very long book, so even though there s nuance, that nuance can only be briefly touched upon and still get everyone to the gunfight on time Recommended.Also there isn t a single white male in a speaking role in the entire thing Dude


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    This was an interesting story Rather fun But most importantly it is a unique and original story I respect that.It s the story of an Egyptian drug dealer, a depressed Egyptian journalist, a troubled young Lebanese American student, an American girl from California, a female Israeli soldier and a Jinn trapped in a hookah are part of this motley cast of characters that all converge on the city of Cairo.This is an interesting tale I enjoyed the intersection of events and the whole Islamic take This was an interesting story Rather fun But most importantly it is a unique and original story I respect that.It s the story of an Egyptian drug dealer, a depressed Egyptian journalist, a troubled young Lebanese American student, an American girl from California, a female Israeli soldier and a Jinn trapped in a hookah are part of this motley cast of characters that all converge on the city of Cairo.This is an interesting tale I enjoyed the intersection of events and the whole Islamic take on the Devil and Jinn It s part detective story and part action story in the Arabic style think Ali Baba or Sinbad There is a lot of humor and some interesting things to think about yes they are all liberal viewpoints but what did you expect It s ok..still a good story The artwork is decent, but works for this story The Jinn steals the show as the hands down best character Also kudos to the positive vision of Islam proposed by the Jinn and the journalist Great point about why suicide bombing is NOT what is meant by submission in the Koran I applaud any attempt to show how modern Islam is any religion modern really especially Islamic in the Middle East Sorry..but true has much in common with Christianity in the underlying precepts of good and evil Well done over all.An exciting and action oriented read The religious aspects are not overdone but rather show it in a positive light and as modern as a religion can be The underlying Islamic Arabic mythology is well done The setting of Cairo is also inspired Nice to have a cool story somewhere other than NYC Art It s ok But it does work with this story and I never minded it I found most of the characters to be silly liberal gits But that s ok too It s not my storyI didn t write it I just read it So the author is welcome to whatever silly trite beliefs they want to espouse or hold I like the story for what it is entertaining, original, and unique that counts for a lot in my book I am glad I read this one You should too


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    A cool graphic novel involving an unlikely cast of characters an Israeli soldier, an Egyptian hash smuggler, a couple of American students, one of whom is a wannabe suicide bomber of Lebanese descent, a wannabe revolutionary journalist, and a jinn brought together by the rather unlikely circumstance of the theft of a hookah in which it just so happens the jinn is imprisoned This framework allows the story to explore the politics of the Middle East, the age old theme of good versus evil, and th A cool graphic novel involving an unlikely cast of characters an Israeli soldier, an Egyptian hash smuggler, a couple of American students, one of whom is a wannabe suicide bomber of Lebanese descent, a wannabe revolutionary journalist, and a jinn brought together by the rather unlikely circumstance of the theft of a hookah in which it just so happens the jinn is imprisoned This framework allows the story to explore the politics of the Middle East, the age old theme of good versus evil, and themystical elements of the cultures there However, because this is not a very long book, some of the themes are not sufficiently developed


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    THIS WAS SO GOOD OMG It had the just the right amount of humor, action, depth, plot, and fantasy All the important characters were absolutely lovable and the pace of the story was really good as well This is the second graphic novel of G Willow Wilson s alongside Ms Marvel that I have read and I must say she does know how to spin a good story All in all, i really enjoyed this and i recommend this to anyone looking for a light and fun read.


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    We have quite a fun story, in present day Cairo, while not all characters are precisely from there We have a drug runner, an Israeli soldier, a journalist, an American expatriate, and a student, as they try to find a hookah where a jinni lives Many categorize the book as magical realism, most likely due to the acceptance of jinni in the middle of Cairo, and it makes the story seem so muchadequate for the place it is set in It is a story, not just about the characters and what they endur We have quite a fun story, in present day Cairo, while not all characters are precisely from there We have a drug runner, an Israeli soldier, a journalist, an American expatriate, and a student, as they try to find a hookah where a jinni lives Many categorize the book as magical realism, most likely due to the acceptance of jinni in the middle of Cairo, and it makes the story seem so muchadequate for the place it is set in It is a story, not just about the characters and what they endure, but also about the city itself The city helps them discover who they are.This graphic novel introduced me to G Willow Wilson, and I am thankful, so please read this


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    This was over the top, but in a fun way The cast is fairly sizeable There s Ashraf, an admitted smuggler, but charming in that loveable rogue sort of way He s very protective of his sister, Salma, a dancer She s in love with Ali, a reporter who keeps running afoul of the censors There s also Kate, an American woman in search of a change of pace from Orange County On the plane to Cairo she meets Shaheed, a Lebanese American on his way to Beirut to visit family And there s Tova, from Israel This was over the top, but in a fun way The cast is fairly sizeable There s Ashraf, an admitted smuggler, but charming in that loveable rogue sort of way He s very protective of his sister, Salma, a dancer She s in love with Ali, a reporter who keeps running afoul of the censors There s also Kate, an American woman in search of a change of pace from Orange County On the plane to Cairo she meets Shaheed, a Lebanese American on his way to Beirut to visit family And there s Tova, from Israeli Special Forces who wound up in Egypt by mistake And then there s Shams, the jinn It s probably not surprising that at least one of these people is not who they appear to be This is very much in the caper screwball comedy mode Everyone is just a touch on the colorful side, the dialogue sparkles, and the plot has plenty of twists and turns There s a real sense of place to this graphic novel, and I found it quite refreshing to read fantasy derived from Middle Eastern lore rather than European It makes for a nice change of pace The artwork is subtly on the goofy side, which suits the material well Recommended


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    As a brief crash course into the thoughts and feelings of Egyptians, Americans, and Israelis, Cairo certainly goes a long ways Though the book is too short to develop these characters fully or delve in depth into these themes e.g Egyptian govt and journalism, Israel, suicide bombings, feelings toward Americans, and Orientalism , the novel is a good introduction to agenuine look at the region that encourages Middle Easterners to speak about the reality and for others to listen with huma As a brief crash course into the thoughts and feelings of Egyptians, Americans, and Israelis, Cairo certainly goes a long ways Though the book is too short to develop these characters fully or delve in depth into these themes e.g Egyptian govt and journalism, Israel, suicide bombings, feelings toward Americans, and Orientalism , the novel is a good introduction to agenuine look at the region that encourages Middle Easterners to speak about the reality and for others to listen with humanity The novel accomplishes this with a 165 page romp heavily laced with Arabian Nights adventure, and while each character is interesting and different and faces his or her own dilemmas, even romances, the book length naturally limits the narrative from exploring these too deeply The characters areimportant as mouthpieces for the respective perspectives that they represent I particularly liked the Arabic expressions scattered throughout They lend the novel authenticity, as well as the subtle peppering of hints of Egyptian life As someone else mentioned, I can definitely see influences of film in the book, particularly the dissolves from scene to scene On a side note, I also liked Willow s nod to Spiders Man, LOL Misspelling intended The art leans towards realistic, precise and detailed So readers who enjoy art along the lines of Fables with a few exaggerated crooks should enjoy this complete, black and white volume I wasn t expecting much, particularly from a DC publication, but now I m glad I read Cairo I would recommend this even to people who have some knowledge of the social concerns in the region because an insider s view of these issues is rare This is authored by an American commited to living in the region not an expatriot, a visitor or armchair journalist Keeping in mind that these issues must be simplified to fit into such a short frame, still I think they expose readers tothan they will likely have seen or give readers food for thought


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    So today, I hit one of those stoned camels with my truck So beings Ashraf s story to his mother, sitting by her grave with a cigarette in one hand and a hookah by his side Ashraf is a drug dealer, running hashish into Israel, and hitting that camel nearly gets him killed by border guards That s just the beginning of his wild and wonderful tale Leaving the cemetery, he heads for a cafe where his good friend Ali is having tea with Ashraf s sister, Salma While a young female Israeli soldier So today, I hit one of those stoned camels with my truck So beings Ashraf s story to his mother, sitting by her grave with a cigarette in one hand and a hookah by his side Ashraf is a drug dealer, running hashish into Israel, and hitting that camel nearly gets him killed by border guards That s just the beginning of his wild and wonderful tale Leaving the cemetery, he heads for a cafe where his good friend Ali is having tea with Ashraf s sister, Salma While a young female Israeli soldier gets a ride with the Bedouin and their stoned camels into Cairo, a Lebanese American called Shaheed meaning martyr with possible suicide bombing plans arrives on a plane along with another American, an idealistic student called Kate who came to Cairo mostly to escape Orange County She wanders into the cafe asking for directions to her hotel, and there she meets Ali and Salma Ali offers to take her to her hotel, but as they head down the street they are taken hostage, all because of Ashraf and the hookah Ashraf, meanwhile, is looking for a dumb tourist to sell the hookah to, and encounters Shaheed, who willingly buys it.Inside the hookah, unbeknownst to Ashraf, is a jinn called Shams, a tall elegant looking man who manipulates probabilities in order to grant wishes He was trapped inside the hookah by Nar, an evil sorcerer who is looking for a box that contains a word of power, which Shams is determined to get to first and give to Shaheed Nar s goons have taken Ashraf s friend and Kate hostage until he brings back the hookah, which means Ashraf must find Shaheed Things for Ashraf are further complicated by Tova, the Special Forces soldier from Israel who asks Ashraf, at gunpoint, to get her back into Israel using his drug running route And so the race, the confluence of choices, begins Cairo is an energetic, adventurous, fun, quick story that you can devour in a couple of hours in fact, it shuttles along at a quick pace like a movie, flowing from one scene to another in much the same way It perfectly balances a modern, colourful city with cultural and political tensions and ancient Egyptian myths to create a magical adventure story complete with gun fights, djinni, flying carpets, the devil, crises of conscience and coming of age stories for the two youngest, Shaheed and Kate.The five main human characters, Ashraf, Tavo, Ali, Kate and Shaheed, are each introduced in such a way that you get a good idea of their characters from the start, Perker s clever illustrations capturing body language and nuances that complement the dialogue Their intro scenes bleed one into another, so that it s very easy to flow with the story The pacing is swift, but not always busy, giving you time to catch up.That said, there were a few times the plot went a bit too fast for me, especially in regards to Nar and the mysterious box Or rather, the box containing the mysterious word I m not entirely sure I followed all that, and while I did get the full impression of Nar as a bad man with strong magical powers and a cunning mind, I knew nothing of him beyond those details He wasn t fleshed out at all, which left him as a bit of a caricature of a character.On the other hand, Shams was also left mysterious, but in his case this added depth to his character, not left him flat He s a jinn, after all There are times when you see his vulnerability, his hopes, his sadness He and Ashraf were my favourite characters Ashraf may have been a bit of a cliche, but he was still hugely fun and could often steal a scene He was also the comic relief, and like any good action movie, there s always a need for a few laughs There are some moments of moralising, not preaching but the characters coming to realise things about themselves and the world It was handled well, not belaboured, sometimes not even stated but shown During an unexpected trip to the Undernile, where the devil whispers to them, Kate and Ali have a great argument where their prejudices and arrogance come out Shaheed has a mystical transformation which I didn t fully grasp, since it all hinges on the word in the box And Ali has a renewed enthusiasm in getting the news out to Cairo, no matter how much the censors remove first.If you re looking for a well written, wonderfully illustrated graphic novel that reads like an action movie but withdepth, and tells a story you haven t really heard before, definitely pick up a copy of Cairo


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    Book blurb A stolen hookah, a spiritual underworld, and a genie on the run change the lives of five strangers forever in this modern fable set on the streets of the Middle East s largest metropolis.If that does not suck you in, how about the first line So, today I hit one of those stoned camels with my truck Move over Dickens This might just be the best first line ever.This graphic novel is beautifully illustrated, has a really good story, and has some of the most creative curses I ve ever Book blurb A stolen hookah, a spiritual underworld, and a genie on the run change the lives of five strangers forever in this modern fable set on the streets of the Middle East s largest metropolis.If that does not suck you in, how about the first line So, today I hit one of those stoned camels with my truck Move over Dickens This might just be the best first line ever.This graphic novel is beautifully illustrated, has a really good story, and has some of the most creative curses I ve ever read I kept repeating them out loud while reading Politics, mythology, human drama, philosophy, with some romance thrown in for good measure, this wonderful story is set in a part of the world we often only hear about on the evening news I loved everything about it, and GWW is quickly becoming my fave woman graphic novel author


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Cairo A Stolen Hookah, A Spiritual Underworld, And A Genie On The Run Change The Lives Of Five Strangers Forever In This Modern Fable Set On The Streets Of The Middle East S Largest Metropolis Cairo Interweaves The Fates Of A Drug Runner, A Down On His Luck Journalist, An American Expatriate, A Troubled Young Student, And An Israeli Soldier As They Race Through Bustling Present Day Cairo To Find An Artifact Of Unimaginable Power, One Protected By A Dignified Jinn And Sought By A Wrathful Gangster Magician But The Vastness Of Africa S Legendary City Of Victory Extends Into A Spiritual Realm The Undernile And Even Darker Powers Lurk There