Shoshana, January 9, 2009 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Both shorter and significantly narrower in scope than Persepolis, Embroideries is a graphic-format autobiography focused on women and, to a certain extent, gender relations. There is plenty of talk about sex, both its joyous and darker sides. In addition to the culture-specific slang meaning of "embroidery" given in the narrative, "embroidery" also potentially can be construed to refer to fictitious over-elaboration of a story. This may be a covert intention of the title.
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J T, February 24, 2007 (view all comments by J T)
Reading 'Embroideries' allows the privilege of eavesdropping upon a gathering of feisty, smart, experienced Iranian women as they gossip, challenge traditional gender roles, & 'talk shop' with honesty & excitement. So much insight & humor! And the perfect ending.
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by The Village Voice,
"Humorous and bawdy....An amusing portrayal of independent women taking life in stride."
by Los Angeles Times,
"Endearing....A wicked read."
"Embroideries is as funny, opinionated, controversial and surprising as any good comic or conversation should be."
By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, this book's stories lift the veil off the real, private lives of Iranian women and--perfectly captured in Satrapi's simple, beguiling drawings--reveal the connections between women everywhere.
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