Riad Sattouf’s "The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir" is the first of a two-part graphic memoir series. This first book chronicles the author’s transient childhood in France, Libya and Syria from the ages of six to twelve. In an intelligent, witty, and often dark manner, Sattouf tells the tale of a young boy’s journey through adolescence while following his zealous father through lands of extreme political unrest.  Although the novel paints a terrifying portrait of these countries, there are flashes of beauty that come with this coming of age story. Sattouf’s fluid writing makes it a completely engrossing read.

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