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Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi
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Jan 13, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: graphic-novels, biography
Read in January, 2009

While this book isn't quite as enjoyable as Persepolis, it does have some amazing qualities of its own. The main character seems like a narcissistic jerk throughout but the end of the story, while not necessarily redeeming him, helps to explain him in a way that makes his decision to die and his personality much more understandable. I would imagine this book is more fictionalized than Satrapi's previous works since much that went on in the mind of her uncle 50 years ago is probably unknown. However, it manages to be almost as touching as her previous work and is easily one of the best essays on pain and loss inspiring art that I've ever read.

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