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Embroideries Hardcover – 19 May 2005

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd (19 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224076086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224076081
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 14.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,300,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She now lives in Paris where she is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers throughout the world, including the New Yorker and the New York Times. She is the author of several children's books, as well as the critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling memoir Persepolis, which has been translated into twelve languages, and was awarded the first Fernando Bueso Blanco Peace Prize in Spain. Her other books include Embroideries and Chicken With Plums.

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"This is a book to provoke and entertain" (Peter Millar The Times)

"Satrapi's drawings are sparing and highly stylised; she is able to render nuances of expression with simple, bold strokes... The stories are wittily told and show a side of life in Iran that is unknown to outsiders" (Lydia Adetunji Financial Times)

"A daring and brilliantly calculated illumination of a secret space... Though Embroideries is not a continuation of the Persepolis story, it sits at the heart of the same world - a brutally policed society where an extraordinarily rich and inventive culture still prevails, if only behind closed doors, where women are wildly subversive, funny, free-thinking and sexy" (Maureen Freely Guardian)

"This is Sex and the City, Middle-Eastern style - outrageous, explicit and funny" (Kelly Knox Time Out) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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From the author of the acclaimed comic-strip autobiography Persepolis comes this comic book for grown-ups, a gloriously entertaining and revealing look into the sex lives of Iranian women. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Embroderies seems at first glance, to be a collection of funny sex stories told from the mouths of real women who grew up in Iran. However, the funny aspects of the book seem to cover up the more serious matters of underage marriage and violent relationships that are kept under lock and key. Not as good as its sister book Persposis, but fans of the first book who were interssted in the themes of female subversion from Satrapi's first graphic novel may want to give this a look.

The main downside to the book is that because the narrative jumps suddenly, it glosses over a few of the more interesting stories in order to fit everyone in. This is a collection of short stories (very short!).
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Marjane Satrapi, a name I am more familiar with thanks to a friend who thought I may like Persepolis. Indeed he was right - I loved Persepolis...but this is a reveiw about Embroideries, so first impression - it is a faster, shorter read than Persepolis...but with Embroideries, there is one topic on everyone's 'lips' and that is the Iranian women's experiences of sex,love,relationships and marriage. This is not the whole all-encompassing life story that was Persepolis, so of course sadly it's shorter. The stories are told amongst the Iranian woman in a confidential self help style group - what is revealed in the confines of their tea 'parties', must stay secret. Embroideries is written with the same wit, (bravo MS) that Persepolis exudes. But of course as a 'free Westerner' myself, there is a shocking way of life, a different culture to understand...under the veil though, these girls do like a giggle. Persepolis
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I loved her more famous book Persepolis and so was thrilled to see she has written more. This will only take you an hour to read but is well worth it. Her brilliantly subversive grandmother (such a star in the previous book) is the central character who hosts the gossip sessions that cover mainly sex, men, failed marriages and of course "embroideries" which you will be surprised to hear the true meaning of. I love the line that talking about others is ventilation for the heart, as well as the brilliantly drawn expressions and hysterical one-liners.
This book really brings home the fact that although these women are from a very different culture, they are really just like the rest of us. Well, her grandmother might ask, what did I think?!
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I purchased "Embroideries" out of the enthusiasm oozing from "Persepolis". I opened the parcel full of expectations of another enthralling tale from that far-off country called Iran. I laughed and devoured it in a couple of hours (it doesn't take longer than that to read it), but I felt little enthusiastic when I finished it. As it's often the case with authors that you first approach through their masterpieces the difficulty to replicate success is around the corner. "Embroideries" is much more focused than "Persepolis" -it is conceived as a bubbly discussion among 9 women on issues linked to sex and relationship. However, the lack of the overall picture is a fault in this case. Funny at times, it is less a must-read than "Persepolis", for sure. And it also seems like it cannot stand on its own. I somehow think that reading "Embroideries" before reading "Persepolis" might put off the reader from Marjane Satrapi altogether, which may be a pity. And reading "Embroideries" after "Persepolis" might result in a big disappointment.
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Received and finished this on the same day! After reading 'Persepolis' and 'Chicken with plums' I have to say Embroideries lies closer to the latter in length. It's a short book, but keeps you gripped from start to end. I love how Satrapi keeps the same characters in every book, herself, and her hilariously blunt grandma. This book is centered around the 'tradition' of having friends and family round for tea, and the different conversation topics that come up, mainly marriage and general gossip! Overall, a fab read, but if you want a longer book, I suggesst you read 'Persepolis.'
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I loved this book I laughed out loud as I read it It is nice to see the realtionships and humor in a very outwardly closed system
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This is very difficult to read on Kindle. It's not been converted to e-book very well. Quite quirky book otherwise.
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This simple graphic novel follows on from the author's two-volume Persopolis, though it is not a sequel. Presented in similar black and white drawings, we now get to hear the conversations between a group of women who have packed off their husbands for a nap after lunch, while they set the world to rights. A familiar enough concept, except that these women are in Iran and many of their topics of conversation reflect their different backgrounds. Sujects discussed all revolve around womens' issues, such as early marriage, plastic surgery and the 'embroidery' of the title, which allows women to appear virginal at the time of their weddings.

It is interesting to reflect on the similarities and differences between ourselves and these women.

A short, quick read which makes up for the fact that it lacks depth, by providing such an insider's view.
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