Graphic Novel Review: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

I don’t  usually read political books but I was drawn to this book thanks to tumblr and the protest around this book.

          Pantheon  Published Jan 1, 2000          160 Pages
Published Jan 1, 2000
160 Pages

This book is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.   For a graphic novel it is very detailed not just in the illustrations but in the words itself. Satrapi was child who was very outspoken, very political in everything she did. She had a great-grandfather who was Iran’s last emperor which made the story more interesting because it was connected to Iran’s history directly.

Throughout the story, which I hate to call it a story because it was the author’s life, there are a lot of references to her family members who have been part of the revolution not as civilians but as active protestors/fighters. Her father was a photographer at one point.

As I stated the book is so detailed and she is such a likeable child for her thoughts and the fact that she wasn’t too afraid to speak her mind and express her views. She was extremely strong and you can see that strength in this book.

This is also an eye opener for those who do not know much about the Islamic Revolution or what it did to those who weren’t Islamic.

As for the actual graphics of this book it was simple black and white with detailed illustrations. I have no complaints because the story was important nothing else really.

As much as I hate to rate this it is still a book so its get a 10 out of 10. There was nothing bad about it. Her life was nothing compared to mine and I can’t even image being in her shoes as an adult or a child.

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