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Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

(Persepolis #3-4)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  55,529 ratings  ·  2,346 reviews
In Persepolis, heralded by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the freshest and most original memoirs of our day," Marjane Satrapi dazzled us with her heartrending memoir-in-comic-strips about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Here is the continuation of her fascinating story. In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in V ...more
Paperback, First American Paperback Edition, 187 pages
Published August 2nd 2005 by Pantheon Books (first published July 1st 2001)
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Amanda Zucoloto The first one is great, the second was a bit of a disappointment for me. But if you've loved the first one, go ahead...

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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
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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
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When I read the first volume of PERSEPOLIS, people told me that I had to explore this author's other work. Luckily, I bought volumes one and two of PERSEPOLIS together, so I could immediately jump from one to the other. While the first book primarily takes place in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and then, a few years later, during the Iraqi Invasion, the second book is about Marjane's coming of age in Austria: the place her parents deci
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf 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
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
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
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
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Mar 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Second read for #getgraphic. Such a beautiful story about growth, identity, and more. I loved that we were able to walk through each struggle with Marjane and learn what she had to overcome. I definitely will be doing a full review of both volumes when I get the chance.
Iryna *Book and Sword*
1.5/5 stars (rounded down)

Well, it has been awhile since a book made me so angry.

This was such a drastic change from Persepolis 1, I couldn't believe I was reading about the same person!

- I really, really loved Persepolis 1. It was poignant, heartbreaking and educational. It had a smart, intelligent and strong heroine, who asked the right questions and had a heart in the right place.
- I don't know where that person went in Persepolis 2, for instead there was a girl who lost all of her morals
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
Monika Singh
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Iran, Islamic Revolution and a bildungsroman - these three combined in Persepolis and gave me some unsettling and uncomfortable time. John Lennon has aptly described the bundle of emotions that I tried to seek refuge in. One thing you can't hide - is when you're crippled inside. This memoir crippled me from inside. Making it a bildungsroman added some rich flavour to those broiling rage. Marjane's innocence as a child was like patting your pet dog after three days of your absence. You know he ne ...more
This second part of Persepolis is a lot grittier and personnel than the first book. Marjane starts off in Austria with no friends, lacking the language and has no family support. She really struggles with the rights of having independence, of being different, the harshness of the Western world and the realisation that men in any society like being in control. After four years she returns to Iran and agains struggles with being the different one, having her independence constrained and finding hy ...more
Lacey Louwagie
Aug 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in world politics
Recommended to Lacey by: a former GEB girl
Shelves: graphicnovels, memoir
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
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved it because it is great, and at the same time hated it because it is a reminder of my own fucking reality
Feb 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
Another gift from my amazing cousins. :)

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
Kath Elizabeth
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-copy
Incredible. Even better that volume one. I've said this before, but these books affect me very strongly because my father is Iranian and fled Iran in the 80's just like Marjane did. But I think that anyone would be moved by her story.
N. Miller
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Melania 🍒

Sorry to report that this second volume is not as good as the first one. It’s exhausting following somebody that’s so bitchy all the time.
Loredana (Bookinista08)
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
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
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.
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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)
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