Saturday, February 09, 2008

Persepolis *****

Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. 2003.

I'm a little embarassed to admit it has taken me this long to read this fabulous graphic novel. I saw an advertisement for the new movie and it reminded me that I had been meaning to read it for years.

This is an autobiographical work about Marjane's childhood in Iran. It starts out with her going to school as a carefree girl, and then shows the changes that occurred in the country as it came under religious rule. All of the girls had to wear the chador and follow other Islamic rules. This was a hard time for Marjane's family since they were a modern family and opposed the new regime. Then the war with Iraq occurred which made things even more unsafe for the citizens of Iran.

I think even people that aren't generally interested in graphic novels would enjoy this book.
Not only is there now a movie version of this book but there is a sequel entitled Persepolis 2.

2 comments:

Katya said...

Isn't it great? I heard the movie was good too -- I really want to see it but I doubt it will come here.

Library Goddess said...

It's not playing anyplace near me either. I will have to wait for it to come out on video so I can get it from Netflix! I also saw a longer preview for it and realized the movie does Persepolis 1 and 2, so now I have to go out and read that one, too!