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Marjane Satrapi
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Persepolis, Vol. 2 (Persepolis #3-4)

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Picking up the thread where her debut memoir-in-comics concluded, Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return details Marjane Satrapi's experiences as a young Iranian woman cast abroad by political turmoil in her native country. Older, if not exactly wiser, Marjane reconciles her upbringing in war-shattered Tehran with new surroundings and friends in Austria. Whether living in the ...more
Published by Turtleback Books (first published July 1st 2001)
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In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in Vienna.
This review contains *spoilers*.

It’s been so long since I’ve had that feeling of wanting to read a story long into the night, but Persepolis brought it back.

I felt this indescribable pull from the very first page and I just knew that this book was going to hold a special place in my heart. Persepolis feel so personally important to me that I’m stunned they didn’t appear into my life until these past few da
Persepolis is the Greek name for the ancient city of Parsa, located seventy miles northeast of Shiraz in present-day Iran.
...because I had been wondering about that.


Alright, the second half of this story (#3 & #4) is less about the revolution, and more about a young woman growing up, and discovering herself along the way. Yes, it's a fish-out-water story, but most stories are when you're talking about that period of time between teenager and adult.
Satrapi has an extra layer of awkwardness, b
Sep 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Everyone needs to step off! Geez! This book is great. It doesn't have that cute little panache of the first book because, duh, it's not about pre-teen issues which are cute and naive--it's about the world of impulsive effacement that drags a teenager to become a young adult. She comes to be a part of the Western world she idealized and finds it colder, in a more subtle, acute way, than the repressive regime she escapes in the first book. Because as violent and absurd as the regime is, she still ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
This is the continuing story of Marjane when her parents send her away to Austria where she has to live in a bunch of different places and doesn't understand a lot of what's going on. It's still a really sad story.

I watched this dvd and my friends link will show some of the gifs from the movie. It's a sad book and movie.

Anne's Review
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
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I think what ultimately made this novel fall flat for me is that I was prepared for something more along the lines of "thought-provoking" and "eye-opener" and instead finished this feeling rather disappointingly underwhelmed.

I thought the author's idea of writing her autobiography in the form of a comic, to be an intriguing and fun premise, but also, perhaps a problematic one as well. While certainly being innovative, I just don't think that there was enough strength and potency, in either the w
May 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I borrowed both parts one and two of Persepolis from my friend Margaret. I flew through them both in one afternoon.

They are a stunningly beautiful story of a girl growing up. People talk about the politics, the history and all of that... Yeah, that stuff is there, but ultimately its a story about a child trying to find who she is. The circumstances surrounding her are extraordinary, but that's only part of what makes it a good story.

To me its greatness comes from how she tells her story, and how
Mar 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone.
i almost like this installment better than Persepolis, but i know that's because of how amazing the first book was.

this installment finds marji in austria, where she is shuttled from place to place, getting her french education, while her family and friends remain in tehran.

it's the story of a "third-worlder" in the west, and then an attempt to return home. it's almost more heartbreaking than the first book, because there is so much in here that is familiar while different, and so much that m
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I made the mistake of reading some other reviews that claim that Marjane's depiction of alienation, drug use, and homeless in Austria was largely her own fault, which somehow makes this second part of Satrapi's memoir less enjoyable, which is a ridiculous assertion. From a war torn country, a young (though independent) Marjane struggles to navigate an entirely new culture without the benefit of a personal ambassador or the ability to go home to regroup before attempting again to find herself in ...more
I wasn't too impressed with the first "Persepolis" book and, sorry to say, but I am impressed with "The Story of a Return" even less.

Unlike many readers, I like the cartoon-like art of Satrapi's books. I also enjoy her anecdotes. The writer is at her best when she infuses humor in her otherwise dark life story.

What I thoroughly dislike is the author herself. It is very rarely that I find no compassion for book characters. I mean, I can find love for all kinds of vile people, but no luck here. I
The comics format, the dry humor, the frankness, the child / adolescent / young woman point of view - all of them lessen a little the tragic history of Iran and its population.
Didn't move me the way the first part did. I couldn't exactly relate to Marji and her problems. On one hand she grew up into a liberal, headstrong, take-no-shit-from-others kind of woman, while on the other she was insensitive enough to get an innocent man arrested just to protect herself from being caught wearing make-up. And here I was thinking she didn't care for make-up and outward appearances. She repeatedly contradicted herself and her own opinions and yet had the gall to assume a predomin ...more
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

S is for Satrapi

Read an autobiography.

I enjoyed this volume slightly less than Persepolis: Story of a Childhood but it was still a really great and interesting read.

This volume deals with Marjane right after she starts boarding school in Vienna and mostly deals with themes of identity and those awkward teenage years everyone faces no matter where they live or what they look like. Marjane was no exception.

And I think the reason I liked volume 1 more is because I enjoyed Marjane's voice as a young
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is quite a bit different than the first part but is just as fascinating. Now living in Vienna Marjane manages to convey not only teen angst but the heartache of being alone and so far away from those that love and understand her. It's hard enough being a teen so her puberty transformation was both touching and funny. She also has her first awakening as to her own identity. Proudly declaring she is Iranian to a group of rude teens.

Back in Iran she sees the toll the war has taken and finds th
Lacey Louwagie
Aug 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in world politics
Recommended to Lacey by: a former GEB girl
Shelves: memoir, graphicnovels
The girl who originally recommended the Persepolis books to me told me that the second one wasn't as good as the first (which kept me from being motivated to read the second, but when I found out the new Persepolis movie covers both books, well . . . I have this thing about reading books before I see the movies.) I'm glad I did pick this up; although it gets off to a slower start than Persepolis, it's worth the wait. Since Marjane is an adult in this book, it's easier to see how oppressive the I ...more
Barbara (The Bibliophage)
Since reading the first volume of Persepolis, I've wondered how the rest of Marjane's story would play out. This volume starts with her time in Vienna when she was just barely a teen. As an Iranian who doesn't speak German, she's an outsider. In fact, Marjane is an outsider through much of this graphic novel. I'm glad she persisted, found her way in the world, and was brave enough to tell her very vulnerable story.

I didn't like this one as much as the first one but that is not to say that I disliked it. I actually really loved this as a poignant coming-of-age story. The reason I preferred the first one is predominately because I enjoyed the innocence of such a young narrator; she was trying to learn and understand things in the same way I was. The illustrations are great and there were a couple of panels that I think were done phenomenally- they are simple but manage to convey a very powerful me
Loredana M.
Loved this volume as much as the first! It sounds bad, I know, but I really liked the way Marjane told her story. The art was not very intricate, but it was perfectly in tune with the story, and the characters spoke to me. I could see bits and pieces of the communist regime that my parents and grandmother told me about in Marjane's shock when confronted with the situation in Tehran on returning home. The feeling of fear and hiding and living your life behind closed doors was similar to what my f ...more
Nada Elfeituri
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Despite the missing light-heartedness and innocent curiosity that made the first volume so appealing, I actually preferred this issue more. It dealt with a lot more serious issues and portrayed the protagonist as more than just a spoiled child.
The travel to another country as a "third-worlder"(as she called it), and the return to Iran, only to feel that she was still out of place was very relatable to me. That cultural dissonance is a curse every third-culture kid has to deal with.
It wasn't wi
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Persepolis 2 became a must read after completing Persepolis. Marjane Satrapi didn't disappoint. I love her honesty. This book covers some tumultuous times in her life and she doesn't hold back. She exposes herself and her own flaws with enthusiasm. She doesn't make excuses.
My favorite thing about the series is that I learned so much about Iran's history through her.
Satrapi has turned me into an avid reader of graphic nonfiction. I can't wait to discover more.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it because it is great, and at the same time hated it because it is a reminder of my own fucking reality
Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Εδώ και καιρό ανυπομονούσα να διαβάσω το δεύτερο μέρος του Περσέπολις, μιας και το πρώτο βιβλίο με ενθουσίασε.Η στιγμή έφτασε επιτέλους αλλά δυστυχώς δεν ήταν ακριβώς αυτό που περίμενα, χωρίς αυτό να σημαίνει πως δεν πρόκειται για μια πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα και ανθρώπινη ιστορία.
Η συγγραφέας Μαργιάν Σατραπί συνεχίζει να μας εξιστορεί μέσα από τα σκίτσα της, την ζωή της, εδώ πλέον ως μετανάστρια στην Αυστρία.Η μικρή Μαργιάν καλείται να αντιμετωπίσει διάφορες δυσκολίες αλλάζοντας σπίτια και σχολεία και
N. Miller
Persepolis 1, the prequel to this story, was brilliant, largely due to the fact that it presented the Islamic Revolution (a very messy, complicated history of political reform gone wrong) through the eyes of a precociously wise little girl who watched it unfold.
So what happened to that little girl's uncanny wisdom in Persepolis 2? Apparently it disappeared with puberty.

To be blunt, I thought this second book was only slightly better than various cartoons typical of Highlights for Children. Rathe
Nov 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: notforschool
I didn't end up liking this book as much as Persepolis 1 , but I'm not exactly sure why. The story picks up the narrative of the first one, and I had to wonder how a reader’s encounter with Persepolis 2 would be without having read the first. The book marks Marji's unhappy time in Austria, her return to Iran, and her departure from Iran, mirroring the first book. It is a coming-of-age tale of adolescence into young adult hood. Satrapi’s skill as a graphic novelist is astonishing. Her ability to ...more
Dec 26, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
To the extent Satrapi conveys life in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, thumbs up. But both volumes suffer from relentless self-indulgence. I could never identify with her. I realize that Persepolis is a memoir, but memoirs are for memorable experiences, not the trivial disappointments of a teenager. Her angst seemed unconnected with the horrors of Iran. While she suffers from an oppressive regime and the associated loss of extended family, those structures only seem to provide window dressing ...more
Feb 03, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well.....I truly loved the first Persepolis, where the childhood story is told. I find the older (less wiser?) Satrapi far less sympathetic or engaging. Often, the character is downright abrasive and huge gaps are left in the story, with, once again, an ending that does not provide complete closure (not that it's a necessity to tie up loose ends... but it seemed like this book could warrant it more). Despite the paling against Persepolis 1, (less text, more action in that book, at least), this c ...more
Caidyn (BW Book Reviews)
The second book jumped around worse than the first. I felt like I was missing huge chunks with the story that she was telling, and it made it hard for me to track from time to time. Again, my favorite parts were more when she was at home with her family, mainly when she was discoursing about the important Islamic topic of veiling, and what right does a government have to tell you what's modest/immodest.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: others
I really enjoy Satrapi's style of narration. Her illustrations are likewise great.
I just wish I had the other volumes too.. sigh..
Bryce Holt
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As westerners, we're bound to love heroines who break from traditionalist cultures and fully come into their own. We don't know life any other way, so we naturally cheer for it. What Marjane does so well here is show the other end of the spectrum where, once the freedom of thought and self has been achieved, she must return to a more oppressive governmental system. And her interpretation of life on both ends proves a phenomenal read and eye opening experience.

As expected, the adult aspect of Ma
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Marjane Satrapi (Persian: مرجان ساتراپی) is an Iranian-born French contemporary graphic novellist, illustrator, animated film director, and children's book author. Apart from her native tongue Persian, she speaks English, Swedish, German, French and Italian.

Satrapi grew up in Tehran in a family which was involved with communist and socialist movements in Iran prior to the Iranian Revolution. She a
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Persepolis (4 books)
  • Persepolis, Volume 1
  • Persepolis, Volume 2
  • Persepolis, Volume 3
  • Persepolis, Volume 4
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