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Persepolis : the story of a childhood

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Call number: Adult Graphic Novel / Persepolis

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Malletts Adult

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Wonderful, an easy five stars.

Autobiographical bitonal graphic story of a girl who came of age during the Islamic Revolution in Iran. It begins with a brief lesson on Iran's history, describes the conditions leading up to the Shah's overthrow, barely touches on the hostage crisis, and then gives a riveting account of life under the repressive new regime and the war with Iraq.

It is amazing how much expression Satrapi is able to convey with such minimalist drawings. There are just so many wonderful/terrible personal moments. I'm sure I'm one of many who mostly know of Iran only as a distant Nuclear Threat with a Terrorist Government, and I found Persepolis to be amazingly humanizing and eye-opening. I can't wait to read the second and final volume, and then I'm going to get the movie and watch that.


Good Book.!

Great Memoir, Great Introduction to Graphic Novels

One of the things I loved about this book was Marjane's very individual voice and how it transformed from the start of the book when she is 10 to the end, when she is 22. Ten-year-old Marjane, by the way, is about the most awesome kid I have encountered in print. She reminded me of Harper Lee's Scout, except Marjane was cuter and more hilarious. Also, more political.

Most readers are unlikely to be really conversant in 20th Iranian political history and it is absolutely fascinating to be introduced to the topic through the eyes of an impressionable child, an emotional teenager and a jaded young adult. Marjane tells her story in an intense, honest, funny and heartbreaking fashion.

The style of art is beautiful and everything is drawn in a kind of a kooky way. I though that the style reinforced that this whole story comes from one young person's distinct point of view. As in all graphic novels, the images are just as potent, if not more, than the plot itself and this is no exception.

"Persepolis" is the best book I can think of to introduce the uninitiated to the world of graphic novels. The subject matter is the polar opposite of the superhero comic stereotype and the intense, skillful storytelling will captivate even the mots doubting reader.

I adored it.

Complex Simplicity

Using only black and white (no gray scale) and childlike depictions, Satrapi crafts a memoir that, on a number of levels, reflects Iranian culture in the 70s and 80s. She tackles touchy subjects like martyrdom with the candor of a child and the humor of a writer who remains unjaded by her experiences living in a repressive society. Poignant and heartfelt, it's an excellent introduction to graphic novels.

PERSEPOLIS -- very moving

A very moving account of a young woman's growing up in Revolutionary Iran.

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