Today I am here with yet another comic book review! This one is called Intisar’s Car and deals with the life of women in Yemen. I also just found out that it has a sequel which I definitely have to check out, but for now, let’s talk about this one!
Original title: El Coche de Intisar
Authors: Pedro Riera & Nacho Casanova
Genre: Comic, Semi-biographic
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Available in Spanish, French and German
“Portrait of a modern woman in Yemen.”
This book was inspired by real life women living in Yemen, and follows the life of Intisar, who lives with her mother and her siblings in Sanaa, loves driving and smoking, and works in a hospital. The story is told through little anecdotes of her daily life, but also has a more intense background following the situation of women in Yemen, who for example wear a burqa in order not to be bothered by men in the streets, and have to get the approval of a man before they do pretty much anything.
I absolutely loved this book, and I learnt so much while reading it. It was a total eye opener, and made me want to read more books like this one. I will definitely be picking up the sequel as soon as I have the opportunity!
May contain spoilers!
Before I say anything else, I absolutely loved the drawings. They were simple, but it fitted perfectly with the tone of the story, and I personally found them both stunning and beautiful.
I also really loved the character of Intisar, as well as her relationship with both her brother and her best friend. I really felt for them, was scared with them, for example when Intisar was worried her father would forbid her to work, and that he would beat up her brother because he allowed her and her mom too many things. (Her dad remarried and doesn’t live with them.) This book was full of unexpected things, which is one of the many reasons I loved it so much. It was also deeply beautiful, for example when Intisar tells the story of the little girl waiting for the bus to school, or the one about the old man and his faithful street dog.
I laughed and I teared up while reading this book, but that’s not even the best thing about it. The most important thing is that this book really opened my eyes about a reality which I never concerned myself with, and now I know I want to learn more.
Feel free to recommend stories you deem similar, I would love to read more about this subject!