Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

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Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. ["A] self-portrait of the artist as a young girl, rendered in graceful black-and-white comics that apply a childlike sensibility to the bleak lowlights of recent Iranian history . . . [Her] style is powerful; it persuasively communicates confusion and horror through the eyes of a precocious preteen."QVillage Voice.

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Beatrice

Oct 11, 2012

Surprisingly engrossing and nuanced

Being a newcomer to graphic novels, I was impressed with how engrossing the book was. The illustrations successfully conveyed a mood, a culture, and a whole range of emotions. Couldn't put it down.

Westerngal

Nov 5, 2009

graphics are wonderful here.

an artistic, wonderful graphic and written experience. This book isl one for history I am sure. It arrived in time, well wrapped and I'll keep it forever!

Ellyb

Dec 5, 2008

Beautiful.

Funny, frightening, and deeply emotional, "Persepolis" is definitely a book that should be read by as many people as possible. The point of view of a child is already such a special and strange thing, that when you take a child's point of view of very extraordinary events and situations, such as the Islamic Revolution in Iran, you end up with a very powerful book. Add to this the stark, simple black and white illustrations by author Marjane Satrapi, and the result is very powerful, indeed. Satrapi's narrative voice is akin to audible storytelling; she makes you feel like she is sitting with you, telling you about her life and memories, as opposed to adding writerly flourishes that would make it into more of a "novel." This serves the story well, for there is no sense of removal from the events she describes. It is clear that this is someone's life experience, and it is incredible.
Read this.

Mando

Apr 13, 2008

Excellent novel

Before reading this novel I (unfortunately) had no respect for graphic novels; I figured them to be glamorized comic books. However, Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical account of her childhood during the Iranian revolution taught me otherwise. Her writing is brilliant--witty, intelligent, and sometimes heartbreaking--and the illustrations are perfectly harmonious with the story. I laughed a lot, and often felt like crying; it is difficult enough to be a teenager, but a teenager under a repressive regime offers a tragi-comic coming of age. Other than the entertainment value, I truly gained a more global perspective on Iran, and a deeper understanding of today's politics in the country. Satrapi is a really talented writer, and I can't wait to read the sequel!

tsunami

Oct 25, 2007

fascinating

I really liked this book. I found the story of the author's childhood in Iran fascinating. The drawings are expressive and though I haven't read many graphic novels, this one combined words and images well. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in an insider's view of Iran and the goings on there. From a feminist perspective, this book is important and heartening. I will read the sequel and I will keep up with this wonderful author/artist's work.

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