A memoir that is as much about Sattouf's father as himself, and the semi-nomadic life his family lived during his early years (he is two when it opens). The elder Sattouf moved Riad and his French mother from France to Libya to France to Syria over the course of a few years, earning a living as a college professor. He is a character of wild contradictions of thought and action, and his family experiences many extremes of culture and lifestyle. Riad narrates through his young perspective, uncritically reporting on what he witnesses and letting words and actions speak for themselves largely without commentary. It's a fascinating story.