Persepolis By Marjane Satrapi

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“A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”
A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.”

My Thoughts:

Go read this graphic novel. Please. Just go. It will open your eyes to so many things. I never really understood what happened in Iran and this gives you an insight to it. Kind of like a brief history, except you are viewing it through a child’s eyes.

Marjane Satrapi has made it easy for people to understand by giving us the point of view of a war through a child’s eyes. She practically simplifies the whole thing for us. I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to read this graphic novel.

This novel could be used in both history and literary classes. They can learn about the Islamic Revolution in Iran along side learning literary themes such as coming of age, facing reality, change and tradition, and many other themes. Now, I don’t know if they could actually learn literary themes from this novel since these were events that actually happened and I’m no literary expert.

I had a great time reading this novel. It was pretty enjoyable and I found it very interesting. She does throw in a good amount of humor here and there which was nice since there seemed to be a lot of death and oppression.

I highly highly HIGHLY recommend yall read this book. Just allow it to happen and you won’t be disappointed.

Until next time yall!

 

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