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3.0 out of 5 stars recommended but don't take it seriously, 6 Nov 2004
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This review is from: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Paperback)
As an Iranian living in the UK reading Ms Satrapi's book took me years back to the hell I experienced as an adolescent during the rule of the Islamic Republic. I remembered the fear of air attacks, went through the same sadness and joys which made most of my formative years.
The book is intriguing and takes you with it. Ms Satrapi has a gift of writing with a dark humour which at the same time makes you laugh and cry. It deals with raw emotions of a young child in the middle of the war and turmoil. These emotions are the building blocks of our lives and this makes everyone from different backgrounds understand an empathise with that little girl and in this regard the author should be congratulated.
The cartoons are of great quality and despite simplicity you can see wide range of emotions expressed by the characters.
Living through the war and revolution is not an easy experience, displaying it with humour is a hard task which the author fulfills with proficiency.
On the other hand one must not try to learn Iranian history from this book.
Most of the events are from the eye of a Marxist which makes the narrative biased. In other words seeking iranian revolution history from this book is like learning WW2 history from the film U-571!
Many of the accounts are inaccurate e.g. the last Emperor of Qajar dynasty had no child. Also the fact that the cinema was burned by Shah's regime is something that even the Islamic Republic does not claim now!
All in all I enjoyed reading the book. I recommend it to anyone who wants an emotional account of the revolution and war in Iran.
Best of luck for Ms Satrapi's future books.
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Initial post: 8 May 2009 16:49:21 BDT
Nad-London
Satrapi is not a Marxist though she was raised a in family with communist ideas.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2009 14:21:11 BDT
I found this book to be a beautiful story and it is nice to see that your review backs up the credibility of the themes she explores.

I shall defer to your greater knowledge of Iran. My only point would be that I thought she was representing a common belief amongst the 'revolutionaries' that the Shah's regime was responsible for the Rex cinema fire and not providing a definitive account. Still, that is only my interpretation and thanks for the counsel about other possible historical inaccuracies
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