Persepolis Paperback – 6 Mar 2008
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"As Iran enters another important period of change...I think this is particularly good time to pick up Persepolis. Satrapi's deceptively simple, almost whimsical drawings belie the seriousness and rich complexity of her story - but its also very funny too" (Emma Watson Our Shared Shelf)
"A revelation...you will remember it for a very long time" (Mark Haddon)
"Persepolis is a stylish, clever and moving weapon of mass destruction" (David Jenkins Sunday Telegraph)
"The magic of Marjane Satrapi's work is that it can condense a whole country's tragedy into one poignant, funny scene after another" (Natasha Walter Independent on Sunday)
"I cannot praise enough Marjane Satrapi's moving account of growing up as a spirited young girl in revolutionary and war-time Iran. Persepolis is disarming and often humorous but ultimately it is shattering" (Joe Sacco)
`A mordantly funny chronicle of the author's childhood in pre- and post-revolutionary Iran.'
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Its superb. Comics are considered juvenile. I am utterly convinced, as a result of this book, that the graphic novel is a great vehicle for discussing the most serious and sombre of topics. The contrast between the simple drawings and the complex events they represent create a balance so that you can read the saddest things without being weighed down.
That having been said, the moving tale of an independent young woman's maturation in and out of post-revolution Iran moved me to tears at some points. I have an insight into the country that countless documentaries or news articles about President Ahmadinejad or Ayatollah Khomeini couldn't give me.
I strongly recommend it to everyone. It will be an eye-opening education.
Despite the Amazon title, this edition "Persepolis. The Story of a Childhood and The Story of a Return" actually contains the complete Persepolis series.
"The Story of a Childhood" was original published in France as Persepolis 1 & 2, "The Story of a Return" was original published in France as Persepolis 3 & 4
The main character is charming, naive, sympathetic and occasionally annoying - in other words, a very convincing young woman.
A fantastic read, especially if you think you don't like comic books!
The first book has all the detail of life in Iran during and and in the immediate years after the revolution but comes off as too glib and self absorbed due to her being focussed on her own gauche, childish miscomprehension and reactions to events. This book is much stronger read as an examination of how children are, in the negative sense, than one on the events that she is writing about, which are set down so methodically that it is almost like a checklist is being followed. The second book is unexpectedly a lot stronger than the first though the first has much more on her subject, Iran.
The illustration isn't very strong, being rather childish, while not using this to its advantage, emotions conveyed without much subtlety or detail. The book is too chronological and could have done with being more mixed up (a little of Jimmy the Smartest Kid on Earths style) rather than so very "this happened then this happened then this then this". Stronger graphic novels that convey together what Persepolis does in terms of how people and family members are together and / or the reactions to sweeping socio political changes are the brilliant Maus by Art Spiegelman and the mostly excellent Fun Home by Alison Bechtel.
Marjane Satrapi’s narration is engaging, you get to know her and her life really well. I learned so much from Persepolis. During the first half of the book (when Marji is a child) there are explanations about what was going on in Tehran at that time, as well the history behind this. When Marji returns from Austria the public vs private life personas continue to be opposite. People are being watched all the time. I think the below quote from Persepolis is fitting:
The regime had understood that one person leaving her house while asking herself:
Are my trousers long enough?’
Is my veil in place?’
Can my make-up be seen?’
Are they going to whip me?’
No longer asks herself:
Where is my freedom of thought?’
Where is my freedom of speech?’
My life, is it livable?’
What’s going on in the political prisons?”
If you haven’t read any graphic novels before then let this be the one to start. Don’t like history or memoirs? I think Persepolis might just convince you otherwise.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I stumbled upon this book while searching through amazon for something new and interesting to read; and I'm certainly glad that I did! Read morePublished 12 days ago by L
Too much black ink and the print is too small for me I'm afraid. It must have taken much time to produce. I'm just too old to adopt this new style of writing.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I have really enjoyed reading this book, it is a graphic novel detailing hardships and issues for a young girl growing up in Iran. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katie Hobson
Never read a graphic novel before, and I got half-way through very quickly as I started reading it as soon as it arrived. It's such a wonderful book, I'm really enjoying it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lily Greene
Really enjoyed reading this book. It is easy to read (in a cartoon format) but it is also very serious, describing the life during and after the Iranian revolution through the eyes... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Caro
This authors first hand experience with revolution and war was eye opening, Its so hard to find these kind of stories in main stream media and they need more attention. Read morePublished 3 months ago by darthnaida
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