illusionsof_red (illusionsof_red) wrote in bookish,

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

« Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. » (Blurb from goodreads)

In short: I am in love with this book. I think the blurb above summarizes quite well why it's such a great story. The protagonist, outspoken and unafraid of her opinion, is very curious about the workings of the world around her and through her eyes we get to see the terrifying propagation of religious extremism in Iran due to war.

Overall I really enjoyed Persepolis and I recommend to everyone. Through it you will learn a lot and it balances humor, sweetness and heart-wrenching moments, creating a vivid portrait of what life was in Iran in the 80's.

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Tags: author: s, category: graphic novels, review

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