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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; First Edition edition (Sept. 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375424148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375424144
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.3 x 4.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Young on Nov. 13 2011
Format: Hardcover
Coming from the author of "Blankets," the intimate story of a first love, this sprawling, 700 page epic of the Arabian desert was an unexpected departure. And it wasn't subject matter that would normally draw me in, either. But this graphic novel of a love between two child slaves left me gobsmacked. It is a truly stunning artistic achievement as well as a brilliant and moving story.

This love story spans years and is set down amidst an exploration of religion, culture and language without it feeling overly didactic or at all pedantic. A combination of imagery, calligraphy, symbology and simply great characters "drawn" with a sure hand. Eisner, Harvey, Ignatz... here comes Craig Thompson again. He is on fire in this master work of art, of literature and of pure story. Can't recommend highly enough.

Mild spoiler warning: the book tricked me with its opening into thinking it was a historical piece, harkening back to the days of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves or Prince of Persia. It proved to be a modern context, reflective of our contemporary social and environmental condition. Quite a reversal of expectations, which comes on the reader gradually.
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By Peter Cantelon TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 1 2014
Format: Hardcover
I received Craig Thompson's graphic novel Habibi as a Christmas gift this year. Ever since I read his Blankets I have been tracking him and so when Habibi was released I absolutely wanted to get it (so it was an awesome gift).

I essentially consumed the whole 600 plus pages in one day. Before I get into the review I should say a few things - I have read other reviews of the book already. Typically I do not do this but I wanted to get a sense or the reception of such an unusual creation.

Broadly speaking critics have widely praised the technical excellence of the art and drawing Thompson has achieved with Habibi. Critics are more divided however on the content in terms of story.

Habibi is a story filled with tragedy, allegory, metaphor, love and desire influenced heavily by the style and art of Arabic script. The story is also substantially influenced by the Quar'an and Islamic culture.
There is no sense of time in Habibi having a blend of past and present influences. The story is set in a fantasy version of our own world that serves to act as a satirical vehicle for commentary on themes of environmental stewardship, anti-consumerism, racism, misogyny, sexism, gender intolerance and a strong voice against a the current growing disparity between the wealthy and the poor and all the suffering that goes with that. Through it all Islam also serves as a representative of all three major middle eastern faiths being influenced by both Judaism and Christianity. Throughout the text Thompson keeps his critical voice free of hate and treats the subjust of religion and faith with deep respect in the form of his main characters Dodola and Zam.
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Wasn't expecting much from this. I usually prefer artists like say Travis Charest, Juan Gimenez, Ashley Wood, etc. and steer well clear of artists with a more graphic approach, but Thompson pulls some interesting tricks in the one. It was also a departure from the story-lines I might usually pick-up but the book managed to remind me of growing up in North Africa (although being set in a "parody-world") and I quite liked the whole read. The only con might be the moral/religious undertone you'll find throughout, although given the context it sort of smooths-over.
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It's shocking how much detail Craig Thompson has poured into this book. The art style is absolutely stunning, and the story ain't half bad either.
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By Ken McCaskill on Jan. 14 2012
Format: Hardcover
Fascinating. This is the first graphic novel I have read and I am stunned by the research that went into this work. A sometimes dreamy but unblinking mix of history and contemporary issues surround the story line, it was one of those books that you don't want to put down.
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