June 27, 2005

Persepolis

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Book # 27, by Marjane Satrapi.

I had never even heard of this book until I started work in the bookstore a couple of weeks ago, but I think it is pretty amazing. It is a touching memoir about a little girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, and it's in comic strip form. Quite a combo, no? I don't know much about graphic novels, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much it affected me. I liked little Marjane... she is feisty, smart, and sweet. And, not knowing too much about Iranian politics, I got a bit of a history lesson while I read.

Tomorrow at work I plan to pick up Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return and Embroideries, and then start my own little Marjane Satrapi fan club.

2 comments:

Liz Fisher said...

I recently read about Embroideries - I haven't gotten into graphic novels but Steve really likes them. I'll have to check these out!

Rebecca said...

I just finished reading this one also. I enjoyed it because it was a perspective on the recent history of Iran that I hadn't heard before. Let me know how the second one goes - I still haven't got it yet!