Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (Persepolis, #3-4)
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Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (Persepolis #3-4)

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In" Persepolis," heralded by the "Los Angeles Times" as "one of the freshest and most original memoirs of our day," Marjane Satrapi dazzled us with her heartrending memoir-in-comic-strips about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Here is the continuation of her fascinating story. In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life...more
Paperback, First American Paperback Edition, 187 pages
Published August 2nd 2005 by Pantheon Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jessica
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Jason
Everyone needs to step off! Geez! This book is great. It doesn't have that cute little panache of the first book because, duh, it's not about pre-teen issues which are cute and naive--it's about the world of impulsive effacement that drags a teenager to become a young adult. She comes to be a part of the Western world she idealized and finds it colder, in a more subtle, acute way, than the repressive regime she escapes in the first book. Because as violent and absurd as the regime is, she still...more
stephanie
i almost like this installment better than Persepolis, but i know that's because of how amazing the first book was.

this installment finds marji in austria, where she is shuttled from place to place, getting her french education, while her family and friends remain in tehran.

it's the story of a "third-worlder" in the west, and then an attempt to return home. it's almost more heartbreaking than the first book, because there is so much in here that is familiar while different, and so much that m...more
Zorena
This is quite a bit different than the first part but is just as fascinating. Now living in Vienna Marjane manages to convey not only teen angst but the heartache of being alone and so far away from those that love and understand her. It's hard enough being a teen so her puberty transformation was both touching and funny. She also has her first awakening as to her own identity. Proudly declaring she is Iranian to a group of rude teens.

Back in Iran she sees the toll the war has taken and finds th...more
Lacey Louwagie
Aug 05, 2008 Lacey Louwagie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in world politics
Recommended to Lacey by: a former GEB girl
Shelves: graphicnovels, memoir
The girl who originally recommended the Persepolis books to me told me that the second one wasn't as good as the first (which kept me from being motivated to read the second, but when I found out the new Persepolis movie covers both books, well . . . I have this thing about reading books before I see the movies.) I'm glad I did pick this up; although it gets off to a slower start than Persepolis, it's worth the wait. Since Marjane is an adult in this book, it's easier to see how oppressive the I...more
Ian
May 10, 2008 Ian rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
I borrowed both parts one and two of Persepolis from my friend Margaret. I flew through them both in one afternoon.

They are a stunningly beautiful story of a girl growing up. People talk about the politics, the history and all of that... Yeah, that stuff is there, but ultimately its a story about a child trying to find who she is. The circumstances surrounding her are extraordinary, but that's only part of what makes it a good story.

To me its greatness comes from how she tells her story, and how...more
Kate
I made the mistake of reading some other reviews that claim that Marjane's depiction of alienation, drug use, and homeless in Austria was largely her own fault, which somehow makes this second part of Satrapi's memoir less enjoyable, which is a ridiculous assertion. From a war torn country, a young (though independent) Marjane struggles to navigate an entirely new culture without the benefit of a personal ambassador or the ability to go home to regroup before attempting again to find herself in...more
Samadrita
Didn't move me the way the first part did. I couldn't exactly relate to Marji and her problems. On one hand she grew up into a liberal, headstrong, take-no-shit-from-others kind of woman, while on the other she was insensitive enough to get an innocent man arrested just to protect herself from being caught wearing make-up. And here I was thinking she didn't care for make-up and outward appearances. She repeatedly contradicted herself and her own opinions and yet had the gall to assume a predomin...more
sdw
I didn't end up liking this book as much as Persepolis 1 , but I'm not exactly sure why. The story picks up the narrative of the first one, and I had to wonder how a reader’s encounter with Persepolis 2 would be without having read the first. The book marks Marji's unhappy time in Austria, her return to Iran, and her departure from Iran, mirroring the first book. It is a coming-of-age tale of adolescence into young adult hood. Satrapi’s skill as a graphic novelist is astonishing. Her ability to...more
Visha Burkart
Well.....I truly loved the first Persepolis, where the childhood story is told. I find the older (less wiser?) Satrapi far less sympathetic or engaging. Often, the character is downright abrasive and huge gaps are left in the story, with, once again, an ending that does not provide complete closure (not that it's a necessity to tie up loose ends... but it seemed like this book could warrant it more). Despite the paling against Persepolis 1, (less text, more action in that book, at least), this c...more
Tatiana
I wasn't too impressed with the first "Persepolis" book and, sorry to say, but I am impressed with "The Story of a Return" even less.

Unlike many readers, I like the cartoon-like art of Satrapi's books. I also enjoy her anecdotes. The writer is at her best when she infuses humor in her otherwise dark life story.

What I thoroughly dislike is the author herself. It is very rarely that I find no compassion for book characters. I mean, I can find love for all kinds of vile people, but no luck here. I...more
Sam Delgado
After reading the first Persepolis my freshman year, I had stumbled upon the second one in a bookstore while on vacation in New York. And once again, Marjane Satrapi has wowed me with her writing style and her beautifully simple illustrations. Persepolis 2 takes place as Marjane as young adult, and she has just arrived in Vienna. From here Marjane learns how to live without her parents, life in Vienna, meeting new and interesting people. I really loved the book because you get to see how Marjane...more
Nada Elfeituri
Despite the missing light-heartedness and innocent curiosity that made the first volume so appealing, I actually preferred this issue more. It dealt with a lot more serious issues and portrayed the protagonist as more than just a spoiled child.
The travel to another country as a "third-worlder"(as she called it), and the return to Iran, only to feel that she was still out of place was very relatable to me. That cultural dissonance is a curse every third-culture kid has to deal with.
It wasn't wi...more
Patrick
Mar 18, 2008 Patrick rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Patrick by: Raiza
Shelves: 2008
The second half of Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel finds her graduating high school in Austria and returning, in what she feels is shame, to her tumultuous and repressive native land of Iran in the late 1980's, where she finds herself alienated from her peers, looking for true love, searching for her personal identity, etc. It's strange that something so culturally different in terms of era and geography can still be so easy to relate to. I'm pretty excited to see the animated movie whe...more
Ellen
The second book in the Persepolis series. The last time we left off Marjane was leaving Iran to live in Vienna and away from the repressive regime. However, teenage Marjane now finds herself on her own. Great follow up to the first book but definitely more bleak. My heart went out to Marjane who gets kicked out her first home, sent to live with nuns, kicked out again (after calling the nuns whores), lives with friends, finds an apartment and eventually starts living on the streets after her land...more
Palsay
Dec 03, 2008 Palsay rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Palsay by: Miaaa
Shelves: memoar
duhh...Marji....pusing deh gw kalo jadi ibunya...
Sayang banget anak yang cerdas dan penuh bakat ini harus melewati banyak kesalahan sebelum akhirnya menemukan jalannya.

pelajaran yang saya tarik dari novel grafis ini: Semakin percaya bahwa agama memang sangat penting bagi kehidupan kita, selama tidak dihubungkan dengan politik dan kekuasaan.

Dan rasanya jadi makin bersyukur jadi orang Indonesia dan hidup di Indonesia...
Michelle
The first book was touching and memorable. In the second one, adolescent Marjane just got on my nerves. However, I did appreciate the episodes with her grandmother.
Erica Segall
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Rebecca Schneider
Jan 04, 2014 Rebecca Schneider rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any one interested in reading a good read
Recommended to Rebecca by: my teacher
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Sabine
Most sequels are terrible, in both film and literature. However, I had hope for this graphic novel, as these books were not part of dystopian trilogy or a depicting a hero with supernatural powers. These are true stories, based upon the author Marjane Satrapis life experiences, thus the quality in the plot line do not depend upon Ms. Satrapis imagination rather the hands of fate or the cynical capriciousness of life. The second book begins exactly where the first left off, with Marjane on a plan...more
N. Miller
Persepolis 1, the prequel to this story, was brilliant, largely due to the fact that it presented the Islamic Revolution (a very messy, complicated history of political reform gone wrong) through the eyes of a precociously wise little girl who watched it unfold.
So what happened to that little girl's uncanny wisdom in Persepolis 2? Apparently it disappeared with puberty.

To be blunt, I thought this second book was only slightly better than various cartoons typical of Highlights for Children. Rathe...more
Eddo
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Logan Williams
The first Persepolis was a story that told about politics in the Middle East on the international, national, local, and personal levels. It was an innocent view of the world through the eyes of a young girl. It was exciting watching a young girl growing up in this volatile world and seeing her views changing over the years, but, with the innocence filter gone and political opinions firm, would Persepolis 2 have the depth of the first one? I'm glad to say yes.

This book tells the tale of Marjane's...more
Daniela Hernandez
Persepolis 2 has to be by far my favorite book. We read the first book in our English class and I really liked it so I decided to read the second book. Persepolis 2 is mainly a continuation of the first book. It talks about her stay in Austria and her struggle while being there. She talks about her homesickness and how she deals with being away from the war and her struggle to find out who she is. Reading the book you follow her throughout her battles and struggles. I really liked this book beca...more
J.
To the extent Satrapi conveys lifestyle in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, thumbs up. But both volumes suffer from relentless self-indulgence. I could never identify with her. I realize that Persepolis is a memoir, but memoirs are for memorable experiences, not the trivial disappointments of a teenager. Her angst seemed unconnected with the horrors of Iran. While she suffers from an oppressive regime and the associated loss of extended family, those structures only seem to provide window dre...more
Noa R.
Imagine having to move away from everything you know at the age of fourteen. Leaving everything behind; your country, your family, your friends, your whole life. This is what Marjane Satrapi has to do in her autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis 2. The story picks up where Persepolis 1 left off, with a teenage Marjane having to move away from her native war-torn Iran to go to Austria. She struggles to acclimate at first but as soon as things look up, hard times begin to befall Marjane result...more
Molly
Imagine living in a world where all you know is war. When you’re fourteen, you finally leave the country where most of what you’ve known was war. But when you move, nothing goes as expected. This is what happens to Marjane Satrapi in her autobiography, Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return. Picking up where the first book left off, moving to Vienna, Marjane struggles to make a new life in this foreign place. Along the way Marjane has many identity changes from being the “punk” circle of friends to...more
Nikitanatorlovesmrsabood
Persepolis 2 takes off from where the first book left off, continuing telling the story and life of Marjane. She is a very emotional girl that goes from her war-torn country of Iran to Austria. Persepolis 2 follows Marjane as she goes back to Iran. What I liked about the book was the detail that was put into describing the main character, but at the same time, I didn't like how the author used unnecessary scenes.
Persepolis 2 was a very well-written book. In my opinion, it was clearer and expl...more
Michael Garcia
I would recommend this book only to a friend who had enjoyed the first Persepolis book. In Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return I see that Marjane is still finding way to rebel or sticking to her rebellion in part two, the motif I found was that she feels a shamed for not becoming successful , and the them of being an adult with new responsibilities. As in Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return Marjie has new responsibility’s in which she is now regretting as on page 163 panel 7 As it shows Marajie...more
Marga Hempel
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return was a very interesting book. I enjoyed the first book but not as much as the second book. The reader gets to dive into the life of teenage Marjane who is sent to Vienna and struggles with finding her place. I felt that this book was interesting because it had an interesting story line that young adults could relate to. First of all, it is relatable to people who have ever left their home and gone somewhere far away. Marjane experiences sadness from the separat...more
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Marjane Satrapi (Persian: مرجان ساتراپی) is an Iranian-born French contemporary graphic novellist, illustrator, animated film director, and children's book author. Apart from her native tongue Farsi, she speaks English, Swedish, German, French and Italian.

Satrapi grew up in Tehran in a family which was involved with communist and socialist movements in Iran prior to the Iranian Revolution. She att...more
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I think that I preferred to put myself in serious danger rather than confront my shame. My shame at not having become someone, the shame of not having made my parents proud after all the sacrifices they had made for me. The shame of having become a mediocre nihilist.”
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