Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

A New York Times Notable BookA Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-sellerWise, 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, ye...

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ISBN:037571457X
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:153 pages

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Reviews

  • Bookshop

    They are among the rare books that I give a 5 which means:

    a. they will come with me wherever I go

    b. I will read them again and again until I remember every single sentence

    c. I will not lend them to people :p.

    Tita introduced me to these books. I have been very interested on Iran and was even contemplating to read the autobiography of Farah Pahlavi, the Empress of Iran. After repeated visits to the bookshop to flip the pages of this autobiography, I wasn't sure if I wanted to part with my money fo

    They are among the rare books that I give a 5 which means:

    a. they will come with me wherever I go

    b. I will read them again and again until I remember every single sentence

    c. I will not lend them to people :p.

    Tita introduced me to these books. I have been very interested on Iran and was even contemplating to read the autobiography of Farah Pahlavi, the Empress of Iran. After repeated visits to the bookshop to flip the pages of this autobiography, I wasn't sure if I wanted to part with my money for the typical self-indulgent autobiography.

    So Persepolis immediately caught my interest and I wasn't disappointed.

    The books tell an honest and poignant story of a well-to-do family during the political turmoil in Iran from the perspective of the little and, in book II, adult Marjane Satrapi. The story is told thru' a stark black and white drawing. I marvel at her ability to present only relevant and interesting highlights of her life and Iran and meld them all to one solid, flowing story. They are sometimes tragic moments but told without self-pity. In between, there are generous doses of light, funny moments. I laugh and I cry reading this book.

    One of the most powerful parts for me is when the parents, who love her so much, let her go to study in Austria. She talks about how horrible goodbyes are and how important it is not to look back after you say your goodbyes. You can be scarred with the image you see when looking back. How true...

    I won't say more about these books. All I can suggest is read them. You won't regret it. They open mind to what hardship can be when freedom of self is not allowed. They are enganging. They are entertaining. They are sad. They are funny. They are everything I hope a book can be.

    Thanks Tita.

  • Anne

    I knew a little about Iran. Not much, but a little. I knew it had been through a lot of changes, and that most of those changes had been steps backward when it came to personal freedom.

    Alright. What I didn't know was the hows and whys. And to be honest, it never occurred to me to delve much deeper.

    I knew a little about Iran. Not much, but a little. I knew it had been through a lot of changes, and that most of those changes had been steps backward when it came to personal freedom.

    Alright. What I didn't know was the hows and whys. And to be honest, it never occurred to me to delve much deeper.

    People in my country

    to wear burkas, so I just assumed most of the people in Iran thought it was a good thing.

    Now, maybe my original views sound sort of stupid, but in my defense, I honestly don't understand why anyone does

    when it comes to religion. So covering yourself head to toe doesn't sounds any weirder than not using birth control, avoiding certain foods, or refusing medical treatment. And don't get me started on that My Husband is the Head of the House shit...

    My point is, if people willing do

    things because of religious beliefs, why not clothing stuff?

    But really this story is about much more than just clothes. It's about the slow and methodical war waged on freedom of

    kind in Iran, and it's told through the eyes of a woman who lived through it as a child.

    Since she comes from a wealthy and educated household, you get a different perspective than maybe you would otherwise. Her parents are actively protesting the changes, while also trying to maintain a sense of normalcy in their home.

    Growing up in a home like that made an impression on her, and you can see how she bucks and rebels as she approaches her teenage years. She wasn't raised to be quiet and docile, so she chafes under her country's regime.

    My son and I read this one right around the same time, and he thought it was an incredibly enlightening story, as well.

    Actually, he said something like this:

    Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading the second part of this story, because...

  • Natalie

    is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It was an eye-opening, heartbreaking and thought provoking book— I had many thoughts and feelings while reading, so much so that I had to put it down multiple times to take a breather.

    I was in a haze for a very long time after finishing it— and I kept questioning everything in my surroundings.

    Here are some instances that made me put down the book and think for a while (they contain

    ):

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    is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It was an eye-opening, heartbreaking and thought provoking book— I had many thoughts and feelings while reading, so much so that I had to put it down multiple times to take a breather.

    I was in a haze for a very long time after finishing it— and I kept questioning everything in my surroundings.

    Here are some instances that made me put down the book and think for a while (they contain

    ):

    (Those final moments broke my heart.)

    resonated with me deeply.

    The relationships between the families, especially between Marji and her mother, also hit home for me.

    There was one instance in particular that stayed with me— when her mother was willing to sew posters into her own coat just to bring them back to her daughter without marks.

    (It actually

    when she thanked her father first.)

    And the feelings of fear and terror and bravery Marji felt during the war were captured in such an honest way that I couldn't help but feel them with her.

    The incredibly supportive women and men in Marji’s life were inspiring. They all held a significant part in her journey, and it just made me tear up towards the end, especially when Marji left for Vienna.

    (I just... I keep looking at that last frame and tearing up.)

    All in all, this graphic novel was a complete game-changer for me, and I seriously cannot believe it took me so long to pick up.

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