Cairo

Cairo❮KINDLE❯ ❁ Cairo Author G. Willow Wilson – Heartforum.co.uk 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 metropolisIRO interweave 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 metropolisIRO 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 thereWritten by journalist G Willow Wilson Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Cairo Magazine and drawn by award winning illustrator MK Perker The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal , this magical realist thriller brings together the ancient and modern Middle East Chock full of brilliant ideas drawn from the mythology and legends of the Middle East, deftly reinterpreted and modernized by Wilson s agile and whimsical mind and Perker s impressive craft Bill Willingham, creator and writer of FABLES.

Award winning writer of comics and novels including MS MARVEL and THE BIRD KING.

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  • Hardcover
  • 160 pages
  • Cairo
  • G. Willow Wilson
  • English
  • 24 October 2019
  • 1401211402

10 thoughts on “Cairo

  1. Heidi The Reader says:

    Cairo is an urban fantasy set against the backdrop of the desert city of the same name It has magical creatures, confused young men, drug dealers, magicians, Israeli soldiers and .Everyone in this story is looking for something If it s not a magical hookah, it is a search for love, truth, their higher self orpower I suppose the entire story could be used as a reminder that wherever you go, there you areI wanted to do something Get away from self obsessed first world crap I fel Cairo is an urban fantasy set against the backdrop of the desert city of the same name It has magical creatures, confused young men, drug dealers, magicians, Israeli soldiers and .Everyone in this story is looking for something If it s not a magical hookah, it is a search for love, truth, their higher self orpower I suppose the entire story could be used as a reminder that wherever you go, there you areI wanted to do something Get away from self obsessed first world crap I felt like the monoculture was suffocating me I didn t want to get stuck where I was You know that feeling I know it But I do not think you ll find what you are looking for in Cairo Why s that Because a lot of us are stuck here I was drawn to this graphic novel because of the teasers that promised mythology mixed with fantasy It does contain that, but everything felt so rushed Readers didn t get the context of any of it We re just thrust into a world that doesn t make much sense and spend much of the story grasping at straws of understanding.In a way, it is much like real life However, I prefer my graphic novels to beof an exercise in escapism than a mirror for real life.Give me layered worlds, complex story lines, nuanced characters and deep seated meaning I felt Cairo reaching for those things, but not quite getting there.We do have quite a number of main characters, which, by its nature, makes the storycomplex But, in this case, I felt thatwas not better because all of the characters felt so one note.The exception to this classification was Shams, the jinn We get glimpses into his millennias long life, relationships to other storied characters, guardianship of a sacred object and spiritual leanings Even then, I wanted Welcome to your new home, oh jinn We ll talk again when you arereasonable Take all the time you need The illustrations are done in black and white, and feel rather gritty I imagine the whole thing could have taken on a completely different character with a couple good punches of color.My favorite part was when one of the main characters reaches for a hero s sword in a test of faith G Willow Wilson, the author, uses a poem by Hafiz to put words in the hero s mouth as he strives to touch another reality and lay claim to the magical bladeThe place where I am right now was circled on a map for me Though the translation Wilson used varies from the version I am familiar with, which reads This place where you are now, God circled on a map for you Still, it is a beautiful sentiment Rather like the intention, if not execution, of this graphic novel

  2. notyourmonkey 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

  3. Sud666 says:

    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

  4. Skip says:

    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

  5. Afro Madonna says:

    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.

  6. Stewart Tame says:

    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

  7. Skye Kilaen says:

    Set in modern Egypt, with all its political tensions and a heavy dose of the mythological It brings together a reform minded Egyptian journalist, his friend and maybe future brother in law who s a drug runner, an Israeli soldier who needs to get back home, an idealistic but ignorant American wannabe reporter, a Lebanese American teenager who s headed down a path of violence, and a jinn Threats from a sorcerer set these six characters on a race through Cairo and its spiritual counterpart, the U Set in modern Egypt, with all its political tensions and a heavy dose of the mythological It brings together a reform minded Egyptian journalist, his friend and maybe future brother in law who s a drug runner, an Israeli soldier who needs to get back home, an idealistic but ignorant American wannabe reporter, a Lebanese American teenager who s headed down a path of violence, and a jinn Threats from a sorcerer set these six characters on a race through Cairo and its spiritual counterpart, the Undernile All of the chasing and fighting and demons and occasional shooting and whatnot is appropriately tense and dramatic, but the real heart of the book is how each character grows It s a response to how do we fix the world that doesn t rely on easy answers, but instead on human hearts and hard work Well told, well illustrated, and very much needed Diversity noteG Willow Wilson is Muslim M.K Perker is Turkish

  8. Liz Janet says:

    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

  9. new_user says:

    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

  10. Shannon (Giraffe Days) says:

    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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