I’m really behind on my reviews but bear with me as I juggle schoolwork and reading and writing reviews.
Here is a review on Marjane Satrapi’s comic strip memoir where she grows up seeing the Islamic Revolution occurring right at her doorstep.
Page count: 341
Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.
Star rating: 5/5
This book was simply a slap to my face about my education, how could it be possible that I learned nothing of what had happened historically in Iran until now. I know there is still so much to learn and I know about current events but this book definitely gave me more about Iran than all my years of schooling.
It follows Marjane’s life as she lived through the Islamic Revolution and follows actual events through the eyes of a child/teenager/young adult. We learn a side of this revolution that we don’t hear about (at least here in the U.S. where learning about Middle East is not common). We see what the revolution looked like to a child who grew up thinking she would be the prophet that would come save them all. Through the eyes of a rebellious teen who just wanted the Revolution to end and have the freedom of expressing her punk ways.
The book, although it does have many light moments of carefreeness with Marjane, gives us impactful moments through the Islamic revolution that gets you writing it down so you can do more research on it. You are left wanting to know more about what happened in Iran. An unquenchable thirst for more history, not only of Iran, but of any other country that is not yours.
Marjane opens your eyes without yourself being chastised or preached at. She gives you heartfelt emotions and a raw portrayal of ‘the other side’ of the story that we never get to hear. The side that at this instant many people are dehumanizing and forgetting they have their own stories as well.
Overall Persepolis was beautiful and revolutionary work of art. 100% would recommend to anyone and everyone.