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Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi
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Jun 07, 12

really liked it

Persepolis 2: the Story of a Return is the sequel to Persepolis: the Story of a Childhood, the autobiography of Marjane Satrapi. Marjane is a strong girl, who follows in her parents' footsteps. Even though Marjane's view of the world changes as she grows, from a small little girl to a full grown woman, her feelings on life remain the same and has always been a fighter. Sometimes her actions seem rebellious, and they get her into trouble, but this doesn't change her feelings or ambitions. Satrapi picks up her story with her arrival as a fourteen year old girl in Austria. The year is 1984, and in Iran the violence has risen during the Isalmic Revolution. While Satrapi’s parents remained in Iran, they sent their only child to Europe for an education and to escape the war and violence occurring in their home country. There she struggles to fit in with her peers and hides her identity as an Iranian because of the biases against Iranian people. Eventually she finds herself unfit in Austria and homeless at age eighteen, and decides to return to her parent’s home in Iran.
I found Persepolis 2 to be a more vibrant and engaging book to read. Satrapi’s look at what it is like to be a woman living in a world where people tell you what is best, is fascinating and disturbing. Her desire to cling to her culture I think is understandable because her culture was not the government; it was her family, their traditions, their foods, their sense of humor. She is a teenager, sent to live alone in Vienna, Austria where she deals with personal, academic, emotional, and physical challenges without an average near-by support system. Through all of this she discovers important things about herself, it's ok to be single, her parents and family are important and she loves her home culture country of Iran despite its failings. I felt as if this was much better than the first book and I would read the first book before the second.


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