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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 in V ...more
Paperback, First American Paperback Edition, 187 pages
Published August 2nd 2005 by Pantheon (first published July 1st 2001)
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In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in Vienna.
This review contains *spoilers*.

It’s been so long since I’ve had that feeling of wanting to read a story long into the night, but Persepolis brought it back.

I felt this indescribable pull from the very first page and I just knew that this book was going to hold a special place in my heart. Persepolis feel so personally important to me that I’m stunned they didn’t appear into my life until these past few da
Oct 30, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
Persepolis is the Greek name for the ancient city of Parsa, located seventy miles northeast of Shiraz in present-day Iran.
...because I had been wondering about that.


Alright, the second half of this story (#3 & #4) is less about the revolution, and more about a young woman growing up, and discovering herself along the way. Yes, it's a fish-out-water story, but most stories are when you're talking about that period of time between teenager and adult.
Satrapi has an extra layer of awkwardness, b
Sep 16, 2009 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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Dec 06, 2015 Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
This is the continuing story of Marjane when her parents send her away to Austria where she has to live in a bunch of different places and doesn't understand a lot of what's going on. It's still a really sad story.

I watched this dvd and my friends link will show some of the gifs from the movie. It's a sad book and movie.

Anne's Review
Jun 25, 2008 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
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I think what ultimately made this novel fall flat for me is that I was prepared for something more along the lines of "thought-provoking" and "eye-opener" and instead finished this feeling rather disappointingly underwhelmed.

I thought the author's idea of writing her autobiography in the form of a comic, to be an intriguing and fun premise, but also, perhaps a problematic one as well. While certainly being innovative, I just don't think that there was enough strength and potency, in either the w
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
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
May 10, 2008 Ian rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 13, 2008 stephanie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone.
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
Apr 12, 2009 Kate rated it it was amazing
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

I didn't like this one as much as the first one but that is not to say that I disliked it. I actually really loved this as a poignant coming-of-age story. The reason I preferred the first one is predominately because I enjoyed the innocence of such a young narrator; she was trying to learn and understand things in the same way I was. The illustrations are great and there were a couple of panels that I think were done phenomenally- they are simple but manage to convey a very powerful me
Apr 16, 2011 Zorena rated it really liked it
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
Lacey Louwagie
Aug 05, 2008 Lacey Louwagie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in world politics
Recommended to Lacey by: a former GEB girl
Shelves: memoir, graphicnovels
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
3.5 stars.
Mar 22, 2015 mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Εδώ και καιρό ανυπομονούσα να διαβάσω το δεύτερο μέρος του Περσέπολις, μιας και το πρώτο βιβλίο με ενθουσίασε.Η στιγμή έφτασε επιτέλους αλλά δυστυχώς δεν ήταν ακριβώς αυτό που περίμενα, χωρίς αυτό να σημαίνει πως δεν πρόκειται για μια πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα και ανθρώπινη ιστορία.
Η συγγραφέας Μαργιάν Σατραπί συνεχίζει να μας εξιστορεί μέσα από τα σκίτσα της, την ζωή της, εδώ πλέον ως μετανάστρια στην Αυστρία.Η μικρή Μαργιάν καλείται να αντιμετωπίσει διάφορες δυσκολίες αλλάζοντας σπίτια και σχολεία και
N. Miller
Jun 05, 2009 N. Miller rated it it was ok
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
Dec 26, 2009 J. rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009-reads
To the extent Satrapi conveys life 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 dressing ...more
Feb 03, 2008 Visha rated it it was ok
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
The second book jumped around worse than the first. I felt like I was missing huge chunks with the story that she was telling, and it made it hard for me to track from time to time. Again, my favorite parts were more when she was at home with her family, mainly when she was discoursing about the important Islamic topic of veiling, and what right does a government have to tell you what's modest/immodest.
Nov 21, 2007 sdw rated it really liked it
Shelves: notforschool
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
Dec 27, 2015 KJ rated it really liked it
Wonderful sequel. Persepolis 2 was as incredible as the first book - I am so glad this series fell into my lap. This second novel follows Marjane through her years as a refugee in Austria and her return a few years later. Satrapi beautifully captured how it feels to be an outcast both abroad and at home. It was so well done up until the last page! Abrupt ending without closure, but worth the read nonetheless.

HONEST. this book was so honest - Marjane Satrapi admitting to doing some truly horrible
Nada Elfeituri
Jun 07, 2014 Nada Elfeituri rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Mar 10, 2008 Patrick rated it liked it
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
Lupe Dominguez
Dec 09, 2014 Lupe Dominguez rated it it was amazing
A wonderful continuation of the first, Marjane Satrapi shows us what it was like to grow up, first away from your own life and then back again. I really appreciated this take and outlook on growing up in a war torn country where your ideals are systematically stripped away from you. Marjane was so strong. I hope there is a final chapter to her wonderful and exhilarating world views. I appreciate too, her teaching us a thing or two about women like her and women who were not. A culture it my own, ...more
Jan 17, 2008 Ellen rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
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
Dec 03, 2008 Palsay rated it liked it
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...
Francisca Viegas
We can only feel sorry for ourselves when our misfortunes are still supportable… once this limit is crossed, the only way to bear the unbearable is to laugh at it.

The story of this woman is so deeply touching, there are no words to describe it.
Jan 09, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, 2015
Just as brilliant as the first one. I now find myself wanting to read everything from this amazing lady. If you're looking for a super enjoyable graphic memoir/series then Persepolis is definitely something to look at!
Apr 08, 2009 Michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
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.
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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 Persian, 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 a
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Persepolis (4 books)
  • Persepolis, Volume 1
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  • Persepolis, Volume 3
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