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The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
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Jul 07, 09


I love Satrapi's wry voice and the way she captures the confusion, sadism, wonder, vulnerability, and perspicacity of the child's point of view. I found the graphics particularly wrenching in their simplicity when they depict death and destruction in patterned or evocative ways rather than literal ones. She does a great job of taking advantage of the explanatory power of her illustrations to communicate the narrative of Iranian history and then using the irony, comedy, and perspective of the graphic novel to give a sense of counter-narratives of resistance (not the monolithic vision of scary Iranians that contemporary Americans might have). A superbly done book.
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message 1: by Qiana (new)

Qiana I have to give a mini-lecture on this book in August, so beware, I may run some ideas by you!


message 2: by Cat (new) - rated it 5 stars

Cat That would be awesome! I'm leading an FYE discussion group, so we'll both be cramming ideas. Let's do it over coffee or lunch. :-)


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