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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
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Jun 23, 10

Read in June, 2010

A very honest and intriguing look at the tumultuous Iran of the the 1970s and '80s, through the eyes of a girl who is coming of age. As such, Satrapi is not out to toe any party or ideological line; rather, she is a girl trying to find her place in a confusing world (as if coming of age isn't difficult enough, try growing up in revolutionary Iran). Taught as a young child in school to revere the Shah, her personal allegiances run the gamut from religious fundamentalism to communism, to republicanism, to rebellion for the sake of it. Along the way, she finds plenty of hypocrisy to critisize within each ideology. More than anything, the book helped me to better appreciate the diverse heritage that makes up the society of this ancient land and people, despite the fundamentalist homogeny the current Islamic Republic regime attempts to broadcast to the world.
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