amazing. like all of clowes' work, i didn't want it to end. i once had a fiction teacher who described different ways to tell a story. there is the tramazing. like all of clowes' work, i didn't want it to end. i once had a fiction teacher who described different ways to tell a story. there is the traditional narrative which you will find in classic flannery o'connor and raymond carver stories. and then there are stories that are, to the reader, something like running through a cotton field while wearing a velcro suit. you pick up bits and pieces through a series of interactions/happenings/descriptions, and by the end you're fully covered. that's how 'wilson' hit me. we know very little about wilson at the beginning. but he's funny, sad, and at turns likable and repulsive. but by the end of the story you have a fully fleshed character. so good. and i laughed out loud at several points, which is rare for me. ...more
this one is a keeper. when i first stumbled upon the earlier installments of persepolis, i was interested, having just read joe sacco's 'palestine'. tthis one is a keeper. when i first stumbled upon the earlier installments of persepolis, i was interested, having just read joe sacco's 'palestine'. this seemed a similar read, although more introspective, and with a more minimalist and flat drawing style. for some reason, i never picked it up until i saw an early trailer for the film.
this is one of those books that you wish would be required reading. in our 'you're either with us or against us' post-9/11 bush america, this book is a real eye-opener about growing up during an islamic revolution in iran. sometimes it takes a book like this to simplify what appears to be incredibly complex and foreign to us. just about any kid in america can relate to marjane, her wit, sass, and rebelliousness. she asks all the same questions about religion and society. she puts a face on what is too often dehumanized by the bush administration and the mainstream media.