Saturday, April 26, 2008


Autobiographical novels are usually not my preferred genre of books, but the graphic novel Persepolis is the one exception to that.

My world cultures class is now reading Persepolis, but I had actually heard of and been interested in the book before that after hearing glowing reviews, finding out that a movie was adapted from the books, and seeing Marjane Satrapi, the author and illustrator, interviewed on the Colbert Report.

So when I finally started reading the graphic novel I had somewhat high expectations. And Persepolis totally reached those expectations.

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novel telling the story of what it was like for her growing up as a young girl in the '80's in Iran during the Islamic revolution and the war with Iraq.

Its a quick read (since its after all only a 150 or so page comic book), but it stays with you. In fact, the illustrations make the book even more powerful by showing the joys, violence, tragedy, and love for her family in Marjane's life.
This is an amazing and interesting book, and you should check it out even if comics or history aren't your favorite things.

Here is one scene from the book (click to enlarge):


jelly said...

woah. cool.

looks good, ill keep my eye open for it.

hi im a jelly obsessed person!!


StAr said...

is the story about religion?


havva nice day!

mella-marie said...

In the canary islands. Near tenerife which I went to earlier in the year. So I might be going twice.


griffinrider said...

my best friends' mom is from Iran, but she's not a muslim, and things started getting very bad for minorities there. so she was smuggled out when she was 17 or so. doesn't really have to do with anything, but i think it's interesting.

StAr said...

oh, i see, i get it know.

my dumb computer wont let me enlarge it so unfortunaltly i cannot enlarge it :(

havva a nice day!

(im thinking of adding a ! on the end of "havva nice ay" so its "havva nice day!")

Alannah said...

griffinrider: That really is interesting that your mom's friend had to be smuggled out of Iran! It must of been pretty nerve-wracking trying not to get caught!

Star: I think adding an exclamation point at the end makes havva nice day even better :)