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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
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Mar 22, 12

bookshelves: historical-fiction, mc-literature, picture-books, realistic-fiction, rll-520
Read in March, 2012

I love this book. It was one of the first graphic novels I ever read, and it set the bar high.

Marjane Satrapi is fascinating, and is a master story teller. In the introduction she writes: "... I believe that an entire nation should not be judged by the wrongdoings of a few extremists. I also don't want those Iranians who lost their lives in prisons defending freedom, who died in the war against Iraq, who suffered under various repressive regimes, or who were forced to leave their families and flee their homeland to be forgotten. One can forgive but one should never forget." This is a great summary

Told through black and white images with conversation bubbles (very little text other than conversation) she tells what it was like growing up in Iran... as a female. It is humorous and serious. Simple, as told through the point of view of a child, and complex as it deals with clashing cultures and wartime conflicts.


This is a must-read for anyone who is curious about graphic novels... or Iran... or what it means to be a woman in a masochist society.


Accessible to junior high level readers, understood better high school and up, and still appropriate for adults.


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