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sarahb, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by sarahb)
I've been wanting to read this for years, and finally did with my book club. There are so many amazing, sad, wonderful parts of the novel that are ripe for club discussion.
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dizzyalien, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by dizzyalien)
Satrapi's autobiography about growing up during Iran's Islamic revolution was one of the few books of the last decade that has haunted me, long after I had finished it. Like many stories about childhood, it manages to be funny, cruel, and innocent all at once; but through her graphic narrative Satrapi also shows how the revolution brutalized her educated, liberal family, who ironically opposed the rule of the Shah and supported the revolution.

Persepolis also humanizes current events in Iran, which Americans tend to view through memories of the "Iranian hostage crisis," and media coverage of President Ahmadinejad's policies and statements. If it hasn't become clear through the present Green movement in Tehran, it should be known that Muslim extremism isn't the only voice of the Iranian people. I'm glad some colleges and schools are now assigning this book as a common reader: it offers a counterpoint to common U.S. stereotypes of Iran and its people.
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yellow_submarine, March 19, 2009 (view all comments by yellow_submarine)
this book is amazing and i think all american kids should read it. we are lucky to have books like this, our parents didn't
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Jonathan Fincher, April 10, 2008 (view all comments by Jonathan Fincher)
I read the whole book in two sittings, and the only reason I stopped reading in the middle was because it was 4 AM. A deeply engrossing and personal account of the Iranian revolution. Since the whole thing is told from a child's perspective, the politics of the situation are barely touched upon, leaving simply what life was like for people before and after an oppressive regime came to power. It ranks up there with Maus as proof that comic books can achieve the status of high art.
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uncle_loki, August 18, 2007 (view all comments by uncle_loki)
The evocotive images found in Persepolis convey meaning that might have been lost in pure text. The story itself is informative and touching, but the way in which Satrapi uses the form of graphic novel so effectively is what really makes this book a work of art.
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Satrapi, Marjane
Pantheon Books
Bechdel, Alison
Social conditions
Childhood Memoir
Ethnic Cultures - General
Graphic Novels - General
Women -- Iran.
Satrapi, Marjane
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Product details 304 pages Pantheon Books - English 9780375714573 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A dazzlingly singular achievement....Striking a perfect balance between the fantasies and neighborhood conspiracies of childhood and the mounting lunacy of Khomeini's reign, she's like the Persian love child of Spiegelman and Lynda Barry." Salon
"Review" by , "A triumph....Like Maus, Persepolis is one of those comic books capable of seducing even those most allergic to the genre. The author's masterstroke is to allow us to experience history from within her family, with irony and tenderness."
"Review" by , "I cannot praise enough Marjane Satrapi's moving account of growing up as a spirited young girl in revolutionary and war-time Iran. Persepolis is disarming and often humorous but ultimately it is shattering."
"Review" by , "I thought [Persepolis] was a superb piece of work....Satrap has found a way of depicting human beings that is both simple and immediately comprehensible, AND is almost infinitely flexible. Anyone who's tried to draw a simplified version of a human face knows how immensely difficult it is not only to give the faces a range of expression, but also to maintain identities from one frame to the next. It's an enormous technical accomplishment."
"Review" by , "You've never seen anything like Persepolis — the intimacy of a memoir, the irresistability of a comic book, and the political depth of a the conflict between fundamentalism and democracy. Marjane Satrapi may have given us a new genre."
"Review" by , "[A] timely and timeless story....Powerfully understated, this work joins other memoirs — Spiegelman's Maus and Sacco's Safe Area Goradze — that use comics to make the unthinkable familiar."
"Review" by , "Satrapi's super-naive style is powerful; it persuasively communicates confusion and horror through the eyes of a precocious preteen."
"Review" by , "[Satrapi] is such a talented artist and her black-and-white drawings are so captivating, it seems wrong to call her memoir a comic book....What Satrapi hopes to do is defend her country, and her beguiling memoir should accomplish that for many readers."
"Review" by , "Satrapi converts a childhood filled with secret police and a long war with Iraq into a comic strip that is both funny and dark."
"Review" by , "The fact that [Satrapi] is able to portray such a vast range of emotions with a few simple strokes of a pen is impressive. That she does this consistently for 153 pages is a mighty achievement."
"Review" by , "Satrapi pulls us into the story, which looks harmless, almost cute amid its cartoon-like illustrations. No sooner have we read the first page, however, than we're drawn into a heartbreaking tale..."
"Review" by , "[T]he best coming-of-age story I've read in years....Satrapi manages to portray the often funny, largely forgotten mundanities of everyday life alongside and intermingled with the escalating horror of a culture torn violently between fundamentalism and secularism."
"Review" by , "American readers and booksellers...will likely find the form of Persepolis as striking as its content. Happily, a comic book's cardinal virtue is its accessibility. Persepolis will entertain bored teenagers and edify experts on the Middle East."
"Review" by , "[T]he latest and one of the most delectable examples of a booming postmodern genre: autobiography by comic book....Satrapi's drawing style is bold and vivid."
"Review" by , "[An] extraordinary autobiography....A remarkable, revealing, and sometimes startling account, this is sure to be one of the most important graphic novels of the year. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "[T]eens will learn much of the history of this important area and will identify with young Marji and her friends. This is a graphic novel of immense power and importance for Westerners of all ages. It will speak to the same audience as Art Spiegelman's Maus."
"Review" by , "Satrapi's literary and graphic narratives provide a moving, humorous, and powerful view of life under a totalitarian religious state....A powerful, understated ending that brought tears to my eyes."
"Review" by , "This is an excellent comic book, that deserves a place with Joe Sacco and even Art Spiegelman. In her bold black and white panels, Satrapi eloquently reasserts the moral bankruptcy of all political dogma and religious conformity; how it bullies, how it murders, and how it may always be ridiculed by individual rebellions of the spirit and the intellect."
"Review" by , "This witty, moving and illuminating book demonstrates graphically why the future of Iran lies with neither the clerics nor the American Empire."
"Review" by , "I found the work immensely moving with depths of nuance and wisdom that one might never expect to find in a comic book. It's a powerful, mysterious, enchanting story that manages to reflect a great swath of Iranian contemporary history within the sensitive, intimate tale of a young girl's coming-of-age. I didn?t want it to end!"
"Review" by , "A rare and chilling memoir that offers every reader a personal, honest portrait of Iran's recent political and cultural history. Ms. Satrapi's provocative, graphic narrative of life in Iran before and after the Islamic revolution is an extraordinary testament to the level of human suffering experienced by Iranians tossed from one political hypocrisy to another. Aside from the humanistic dimension, the beautifully minimalist Persepolis gives further evidence of Marjane Satrapi's sensitivity and superb skill as an artist."
"Review" by , "Readers who have always wanted to look beyond political headlines and CNN's cliches should plunge into this unique illustrated story. Let Marji be your trusted companion, follow her into the warmth of a Persian home and out along Tehran's turbulent streets during those heady days of revolution. Persepolis opens a rare door to understanding of events that still haunt America, while shining a bright light on the personal humanity and humor so much alive in Iranian families today."
"Review" by , "Blending the historical with the personal is not an easy task, to blend the individual with the universal is even more challenging. But Marjane Satrapi has succeeded brilliantly. This graphic novel is a reminder of the human spirit that fights oppression and death, it is a witness to something true and lasting which is more affective than hundreds of news broadcasts."
"Review" by , "Both enchanting and devastingly real, Persepolis captures the many complexities of modern Iran, filtered through compelling illustrations and a wise child's eye."
"Review" by , "I'm not normally a comic book reader, and I'll admit I was skeptical. Within the first few pages, though, I felt the tiny hand of the narrator pulling me into her world. As she regaled me with tales of her extraordinary life, I found myself moved, fascinated, shocked and enthralled. The next time I looked up, I had finished the book. I looked around the room feeling bewildered. How, I wondered, did this wonderful little book manage to transport me so completely?"
"Review" by , "This child's eye view of survival during Iran's revolution and the Iraq war made me laugh and cry. Most importantly, it helped me to see recent upheavals in a new way. This comic strip should be required reading!"
"Review" by , "I grew up reading the Mexican comics of Gabriel Vargas, graduated to the political teachings of Rius, fell under the spell of Linda Barry, Art Spiegelman, and now I am a fan of Marjane Satrapi. Her stories thrummed in my heart for days. Persepolis is part history book, part Scheherazade, astonishing as only true stories can be. I learned much about the history of Iran, but more importantly, it gave me hope for humanity in these unkind times."
"Synopsis" by , From the best-selling author of Fun HomeTime magazine's No. 1 Book of the Year, a poignant and hilarious  graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her gifted mother always wanted to be.
"Synopsis" by ,
From the best-selling author of Fun Home, Time magazines No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.

Alison Bechdels Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdels own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

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