Poppies of Iraq

Poppies of Iraq A personal account of an Iraqi childhoodPoppies of Iraq is Brigitte Findakly s nuanced tender chronicle of her relationship with her homeland Iraq co written and drawn by her husband the acclaimed c

  • Title: Poppies of Iraq
  • Author: Brigitte Findakly Lewis Trondheim
  • ISBN: 9781770462939
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A personal account of an Iraqi childhoodPoppies of Iraq is Brigitte Findakly s nuanced tender chronicle of her relationship with her homeland Iraq, co written and drawn by her husband, the acclaimed cartoonist Lewis Trondheim In spare and elegant detail, they share memories of her middle class childhood touching on cultural practices, the education system, Saddam Hussein A personal account of an Iraqi childhoodPoppies of Iraq is Brigitte Findakly s nuanced tender chronicle of her relationship with her homeland Iraq, co written and drawn by her husband, the acclaimed cartoonist Lewis Trondheim In spare and elegant detail, they share memories of her middle class childhood touching on cultural practices, the education system, Saddam Hussein s state control, and her family s history as Orthodox Christians in the arab world Poppies of Iraq is intimate and wide ranging the story of how one can become separated from one s homeland and still feel intimately connected yet ultimately estranged.Signs of an oppressive regime permeate a seemingly normal life magazines arrive edited by customs the color red is banned after the execution of General Kassim Baathist militiamen are publicly hanged and school kids are bussed past them to bear witness As conditions in Mosul worsen over her childhood, Brigitte s father is always hopeful that life in Iraq will return to being secular and prosperous The family eventually feels compelled to move to Paris, however, where Brigitte finds herself not quite belonging to either culture Trondheim brings to life Findakly s memories to create a poignant family portrait that covers loss, tragedy, love, and the loneliness of exile.

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    1. Poppies of Iraq is a pretty good title for this book, it seems to me. The anecdotes the author shares with us and which her artist husband Lewis Trondheim illustrates are loosely organized, roughly chronological, and is an attempt to highlight where possible the "good memories" of her growing up in Iraq. Findakly's family summered in France, but as political circumstances worsened, they finally moved there. The audience for this book would seem to be people who are curious about people who grew [...]

    2. This graphic memoir shares "memories of her middle class childhood touching on cultural practices, the education system, Saddam Hussein's state control, and her family's history as Orthodox Christians in the Arab world."It should have worked, as it's not often that we get such a close up look into the lives of people only seen as a problem or collateral damage here in the Western news. It didn't work because it felt too disjointed in the telling, and while there were some really illuminating ane [...]

    3. Brigitte Findakly was born in Iraq, in 1959. Her mother was French, her father Iraqi. Her family lived in Iraq until 1973, when they moved to France. Poppies of Iraq is a series of autobiographical scenes from her life. It jumps around in time a bit, giving the book something of a disjointed feel. On the whole, the book is pleasant enough. Even when horrible things happen, Brigitte's childhood perspective and Lewis Trondheim's clear line style serve to blunt the tone considerably. It's nice to g [...]

    4. This is the story of growing up in Iraq and subsequently the dispersal of a family over the years due to the turbulent and unstable position of the country. The coloring of the story was vibrant and complimented the autobiographical nature of the story. I found the sections about the customs and history of Iraq part of why the book was so great—the reader isn't only getting the life story of an Iraqi born woman, they are learning the life story of a country and culture that is often negatively [...]

    5. this is a beautiful graphic memoir by Brigitte Findakly, illustrated by her husband Lewis trondheim. It jumps around a lot in time and space and at first, I found it confusing and disorganized and almost put it down. I'm glad I didn't. Gradually I got to know the characters and the tones and rhythms of the book and what I found was a story about a quirky family trying to survive and even thrive in a confusing and often violent and often beautiful world. Findaky's family is Christian going back m [...]

    6. Estamos acostumbrados a ver descripciones de la guerra desde los ojos de soldados, comandantes, muertos, enfermeras y dirigentes. En "Las amapolas de Irak" quien nos cuenta todo es una pequeña de una familia acomodada que si bien no sufrió la guerra tan en carne propia como solemos ver, la conoció de frente y tiene todos los argumentos necesarios para mostrarnos sus efectos. Tierno y devastador. Un libro ilustrado precioso.

    7. Despite many good vignettes and anecdotes, this autobiography is too random and unstructured for me, skipping around through the upbringing of the co-author in Iraq and France. The intermittent inclusion of real family photos drove home the impression I had of sitting on the sofa in a stranger's house as she flips through pages of a family scrapbook telling occasionally humorous stories about a bunch of people I don't really know. While it isn't painful, I'm mostly going to nod politely until I [...]

    8. 19/20J’ai adoré cette BD autobiographique qui montre l’Irak telle qu’elle l’est, vue par une femme qui y a grandi. Il y a un goût de paradis perdu, de beaux souvenirs, mais aussi un regard sincère sur l’oppression et les violences qui y existent. Une BD enrichissante et très belle.Ma chronique : myprettybooks.wordpress/2

    9. The vast majority of this graphic novel memoir worked for me. The author was born in Iraq in 1959, her family spent summers in her mother's home country of France, and the family eventually moved to France in the late 1970s as Iraq became increasingly politically unstable.While most of the anecdotes are told in chronological order, some are told to introduce other people in Brigitte's life to help understand the conflict and her sense of frustration. Her return visits to Iraq from the 1980s forw [...]

    10. I've been hearing good things about Poppies of Iraq for the last few months, and I was able to check out this copy as soon as my library had gotten it in. It definitely didn't disappoint.The art is cute, and it drives home the fondness of some memories, and the seriousness of others. The colours really brought the whole thing to life. The story itself was wonderfully told. I feel like I learned a lot about Iraq's history and culture (of which I knew very very little), and Findakly's personal sto [...]

    11. Poppies of Iraq is a lovely collection of vignettes about Findalky's upbringing in Iraq and Paris. At times it felt disjointed but once I got in the groove, it added to the charm of the book. Recommend for anyone looking to read more about Arab Christians and a modern history of Iraq.

    12. This book is author Brigitte Findakly's memories of her family and her homeland Iraq, illustrated by her talented husband, the acclaimed cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. Sadly, the book is disappointing: the narrative is very disjointed, jumping around between actual historical events in Iraq, her family's struggles with its social, military, and economic standing, and a myriad of cultural and religious issues, especially challenging for Christians in an Islamic state. I would have liked a little mor [...]

    13. Dans Coquelicots d’Irak, Brigitte Findakly et son époux Lewis Trondheim s’inscrivent dans la veine des auteurs de BD qui, depuis quelques années, à l’instar de Spiegelman, Guibert ou autre Delisle, réussissent, en quelques dizaines de planches, à transporter leurs lecteurs dans une superposition d’histoires individuelles et collectives hors du commun.Coquelicots d’Irak, c’est d’abord l’histoire personnelle de la narratrice, Brigitte Findakly, le récit de son enfance en Irak [...]

    14. Her experiences of growing up in Iraq give kids and adults a "history lesson" without being preachy. It's just her life experiences - just the facts. Illustrations are wonderful.

    15. I've read some of the lower rated reviews of this comic and I completely agree with the criticisms against it (the stories are disjointed, the b&w pictures interwoven throughout the work are too small, hard to see, and could have greatly benefited from being labelled), but I can't deny that I greatly enjoyed reading this quiet little book.Findakly's vignettes do feel a bit disjointed, but to me, they equated to something that was greater than the sum of its parts. The stories are quiet and o [...]

    16. Findakly and Trondheim, married and both cartoonists, team up on this absorbing memoir about Findakly's childhood in Iraq, 1959-1973. Personal recollections about her Orthodox Christian family alternate with historical tidbits about life under Saddam Hussein's oppressive regime. Unframed panels with free-floating paragraphs of dialogue showcase family events and historical events with short, big-headed sausage-like people, giving them a homey feel and portraying the regime as bumbling and slight [...]

    17. Interkultureller Austausch, Vorstellungen über andere Kulturen, von Unwissen, Halbwissen und der Mangel an empathischen Zugängen zu anderen Völkern und deren Gewohnheiten. Es scheint - nicht von ungefähr kommend - dass die letzten Jahre davon geprägt sind, dass AutorInnen aus dem arabischen Raum über ihre Erlebnisse berichten. Autobiografisch und sehr persönlich Einblicke gewährend, in die jungen Jahre sowie auch als Erwachsene. Brigitte Findakly reiht sich hier mit ihrem Debut "Mohnblum [...]

    18. Poppies of Iraq is a disjointed memoir about growing up in and then away from Iraq. While there are some good moments, given the format of using brief memories, it is hard to really dig into any one theme, be it about the country or simply the people that Findakly is writing about. The narrative ends up feeling superficial, dealing with themes that have a lot of weight, but without really exploring them.

    19. Told from the perspective of the author, as she moves from girlhood to adulthood, his illustrated memoir conveys the despair and hopelessness of a relatively liberal society slowly moving into totalitarianism. Its content and style invites comparison to titles like Persepolis or The Arab of the Future. Though much briefer than those multi-volume sets, it is not without its charm.

    20. A sketched account of how a society falls into an authoritarian (totalitarian?), well, let’s say dictatorship and decline. The sections on Iraqi history and culture were interesting. It lost a bit when focused on her family. The layout of tiny illustrations with text above, with little dialogue or narrative, didn’t serve the story of the actual people well. Too impressionistic and disjointed to make enough of an emotional impact considering the subject matter.

    21. I like this in theory, but in the classic creative writing idiom of "show, don't tell," it mostly felt like a lot of telling and little showing. Each episode seemed like it could contain a book in itself. I would revisit Findakly if other work offered more in depth insights.

    22. Vignettes of growing up in Iraq with a French mother & Iraqi father and of returning over time to the changes wrought by violence, war and an oppressive government. It was reminiscent of Arab of the Future, without as clear a narrative. I enjoyed the art and the voice, and many of the spare telling details.

    23. Told in fragments and vignettes, this memoir of a child growing up in Iraq is engaging, but left me wanting more. This isn't unusual. I love memoirs in graphic novel format, but they almost always leave off before I'm ready and without any of the additional information that might appear in a nice author's note.

    24. I read most releases from Drawn and Quarterly so I was excited when I saw an announcement for a Lewis Trondheim collaborative book with his wife Brigette Findakly. Her story was personal, compelling, and historically interesting. Trondheim 's art was perfect for this book because, although slightly cartoony, it conveyed deep emotional intensity. Recommended.

    25. Other side of the The Complete Persepolis story. A childhood in Iraq and Paris. Odd twist - the author wrote the text and provided the colours, but not the artwork. Lots of great slice of life stuff.

    26. A lovely, nuanced mix of humor, nostalgia, and poignancy in this graphic memoir about growing up in Iraq and in Paris. Findakly vividly captures a childhood caught between cultures.

    27. Brigitte Findakly is the daughter of a French Catholic woman and an Iraqi Orthodox Christian dentist who met and married while he was going to school in Iraq. They moved back to Iraq, where they raised their son and daughter. Brigitte relates her memories of growing up in Iraq in the 1950s-1970s, why the family eventually immigrated to France, and what it was like to visit Iraq afterward. This is arranged somewhat chronologically, but not completely. Sometimes Ms Findakly goes back and forth in [...]

    28. The story is interesting but ultimately it is not as charming as it tries to be. Maybe it is the historical setting that is interesting rather than the storytelling. In the same vein, it is far from "persepolis" (of course), or "the arab of the future". The artwork is okay.

    29. Poppies of Iraq ReviewI’ve always believed that one of the root causes of intolerance and bigotry is ignorance. It’s easy to demonize a group of people you’ve never met. It’s also easy to stereotype an entire people based on one unpleasant encounter with an individual who might just be a rotten person. One of the reasons rural areas in America tend to be more conservative is because they’re so homogenous and have had no contact with “the other.” Go to any big city, especially ones [...]

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