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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

(Disclaimer:  I previously posted this review on another blog for which I no longer write. This is why the formatting is a little different from my more recent reviews. However, I loved this book so much, I wanted to share my thoughts here. From Sept , 2014…)


Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is by far, my favorite read for September. I remember when this graphic novel was first published and EVERYone was talking about it. I read the synopsis out of curiosity and didn’t like the sound of it at all. It sounded all political and dull. This year, I decided to read it for Banned Books Week and because I’m trying to find graphic novels that I like. I love this. Persepolis is a story that is going to stay with me a really long time.

It’s about an Iranian girl and her family and how they experienced, lived, and survived the Islamic Revolutions. It’s a first person memoir told from Marjane’s perspective from the ages of six to fourteen. As an American, I see the news reports on the Middle East and the places that we are bombing and the terrorists that we’re fighting against and it makes it very easy to forget that normal people and families have to live this life. Marjane tells her story without any “woe is me” despite the hardships and losses she and her family experienced. Can you imagine being a teenager in the early 80’s and being assaulted for wearing a jean jacket with a Michael Jackson button on it? If that had been happening here in America at the same time, just about every teenager would have been accosted on the street. Marjane brings these realities to life in her memoir and makes her experiences relatable to all her readers.

I also remember thumbing through this novel ten years ago and not being very impressed with the artwork. You have to read the story to appreciate the artwork that goes along with it. I can be a real numskull sometimes. The artwork, in its black and white simplicity, is poignant and portrays the emotions of the characters and the starkness of living in a city under attack without taking your focus away from the words.

5 Hearts



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5 thoughts on “Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

  1. If you like the book/graphic novel, see the animated film. It makes me want to look for the graphic novel. But, I am not sure I can enjoy it on paper as well as I did on the big screen. There’s just a certain joy to the animated images that may be hard to re-imagine elsewhere. The scene where she recovers from losing that one blond boyfriend to “Eye of the Tiger” is priceless. I was a lil stunned by her rebellious life. An Iranian coworker of mine put down this film and “300” for being false about what really happened in those times. I am not sure if I should trust his word. I myself have spoken with two women from Iran via the internet.

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    1. I had heard that it had been adapted into a film, but I’ve never searched it out to watch it. I’m usually disappointed when books are made into movies. I’ll have to try and see if I can find it sometime. I have to wonder how a graphic novel translates to an animated film. I’m curious now, lol.


      1. I haven’t seen a movie after reading a book more than twice. The first was 101 Dalmatians many years ago. And, the second, more recently, was “Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief,” which I hated for its changes yet enjoyed the cast and visuals.

        If I didn’t say it already, I wonder how the graphic novel compares to the animated film. But, overall, I liked the animated film enough to buy a copy. So, our curiosities are reversed, you and I.

        Do you smell jasmine?

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