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abookaweek 2012: week eighteen

2012 May 6
by Romy

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi

Category: Graphic novel

Story: Satrapi uses little anecdotes about herself and her family to weave together the story of how she experienced her youth in Tehran (book 1), and life as a teenager and a student in Vienna (book 2).

Opinion: Confession time: I used to think all of the Middle East was a desert. That’s only one of many assumptions I had about that region that are completely wrong. I don’t even know how to educate myself on that topic, but Persepolis was a good start. The stories give you a really good idea of what it’s like to live in Iran during a time of revolution, oppression, and war.

Her illustration style is amazing: it’s quite minimalist, but she still manages to express the personalities and emotions of her characters in major detail.

As for the stories themselves, they are a mixture of funny, grim, and hopeful. There was nothing I didn’t love about this book!

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