Author- Marjane Satrapi
Summary from GoodreadsPages: 153
Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran: of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life and of the enormous toll repressive regimes exact on the individual spirit. Marjane’s child's-eye-view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a stunning reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, through laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love. My thoughts:
I never read anything about the Islamic Revolution, so Persepolis was like an easy to comprehend history lesson. Marjane's autobiographic graphic novel blew me away. Satrapi shows how it was like during the Islamic Revolution from the first hand point of view. The harsh reality stunned me, the violence and the terror were at times incredibly grotesque.
The humor, though, was enjoyable. I loved that no matter what happened in the Islamic Revolution , Satrapi stayed true to herself (read the last part where 'staying true' is mentioned). The drawings were lovely, and cute, and amazing. No, it's not manga or anime, its a unique cartoon.
Beginning: Amazing. The first panels automatically 'drew' me into Iran.
Middle: Could not put it down!
That pretty much summarizes my volume thick thoughts."Delectable...Dances with drama and insouciant wit"
-New York Times Book Review
Ending: Emotional, loved it!
Characters: My favorite character, besides Marjane, was Uncle Anoosh. He was my hero, loving, strong, and inspirational. His story was unique and scary, and I loved him!
Marjane was hilarious, her innocence and brightness (and strong involvement in politics) throughout the book made me smile to myself at times.
Marjane's mother and father were ranked next to Uncle Anoosh and Marjane, they were (are? like the dream parents everyone wants to have. Their constant love and support and just plain coolness is so easy to like.All in all, 5+ stars to the characters!
Persepolis has, by far, the BEST characters ever!
Conclusion: Illustrious, memorable, and immortal, Persepolis is a time-less (graphic) novel that will blow you away (like it did to me)!
The panels from above are from Persepolis 2: A Story of a Return. It wasn't as good as the first one, but it was good all the same. You can see how funny Marjane Satrapi is, Persepolis is a must read!