Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is a biographic graphic novel illustrating her life from when she was a girl to when she was a young woman. It has 4 parts and can be found as a bind up most times. I was pleasantly surprised by the book and plan on watching the movie soon.
Rating- 4.5-5/5 stars
Pages- 341 (Paperback)
The basic idea behind the book, I think, is to show rather than only write about life in Iran before the Islamic Revolution in 1979, during it, and after the war with Iraq. It is also to remove preconceived notions about Islamic countries. I won’t say much about the book because you must read it because it opened my eyes to an idea that would never have entered my brain.
Iran was quite a liberal nation before its revolution, like the United States even, and the times were rich and happening. Satrapi talks about the difficulties during and after the revolution in Iran when soldiers patrolled streets catching people breaking laws such as not wearing a hijab properly or wearing make up or talking to a woman who is not your betrothed or a wife. It was heartbreaking to see how liberality was curbed by religion and a people changed to drastically to become unrecognizable. There was rebellion of course, on the parts of many educated people. That gives me hope that the world will not come to an end by the hands of religion.
I quite enjoyed her depiction of her years abroad, the description of her relationships, vices, and people she meets along with the distinct feeling of ‘not fitting in’ because she was a colored person from a country that was at war. The hardships she described were stark and full of feeling. I feel like I’ve already given away too much.
Anyway, I enjoyed this book a lot and should be a definite read for everyone. It will help make clear a lot of things and change your perspective as well.
I rated this book a 4.5-5/5 stars.