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The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
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Apr 06, 12

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Read in April, 2012

My first attempt at reading a graphic novel and it went well. It is an interesting book and there are times when the the art has as much to say, if not more, than the words. The premise is the autobiography, in visual format, of Marjane Satrapi's life. Satrapi, the daughter of wealthy Iranian parents, talks about her time as a child in Iran as the revolution began and the following war with Iraq. She writes from her childhood perspective about how at first she at times indoctrinated into the revolution but subsequently came to fight it by speaking out in school, taking a page from her liberal parents' book. She talks about how people she knew and loved were kidnapped, raped, and executed.

Having known so little about Persian culture and the history of Iran it was interesting to see what an insider thought. Her parents eventually send her to Austria at 14, where she is more or less forced to become an adult and take care of herself, which ends in spending three months on the street before getting sick. Even when she returns to Iran and gets herself into a loveless marriage and things get worse in Iran she still has trouble leaving behind her home, which sounds beautiful and rich in culture. The problem, according to Satrapi, comes in with fundamentalism and forcing Iran to become a Muslim state instead of letting culture and art flourish.

The last 1/3 rushes and does not take time to analyze her feelings the way the times of her childhood does but it is still an interesting book and worth a read.
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