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“This is a fantastic autobiography. It paints a layered picture of the transition of a progressive, open-minded family into subjects of a fundamentalist, absurdist state.
“This graphic novel features the life of Satrapi who lived in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. It follows her public and private life as she comes of age. It follows with how she self-exiles herself from the land.
This moving graphic novel is a real life example to show students about a revolution in a country they may not be familiar with. The use of a graphic novel format removes some of the burden of a hard topic to deal with in the classroom. This is recommended for older students.
This book could be connected and paired to Persepolis 2 which follows this novel or "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic" by Alison Bechdel.
This could be used as a mentor text to talk about coming of age.”
“I absolutely adore this book. Not only is it a great story, it's an amazingly done graphic novel. Accessible and yet quite complex in its themes and treatment of characters, this book touches upon many subjects that are of interest to adults/young adults. ”Puja Birla wrote this review 13 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is a one of the best graphic novels I have ever read. It is about the author's experience in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution in 1979. It is told through the eyes of the author's 10 year old self which makes it a great read for middle school kids. The images bring so much more depth and meaning to Satrapi's words. We see her life become more difficult as she is forced to wear a veil to school. Her parents protest the religious changes and we see Marjane searching for her identity in a country where she isn't suppose to have one. I was so hooked when I started this novel, that I finished it in two evenings! I think I like this novel so much because it is based on the author's own life. I really enjoy learning more about the various perspectives of people in Islamic countries. Every since I was deployed to Iraq in 2005 with the Army, I have sincerely enjoyed novels about that culture and religion.
Interest Level: Grades 9 - 12
Grade level Equivalent: 5.8
Lexile Measure: 380L
Genre: Comic Books and Graphic Novels”
“Well I have never read a memoir in comic strips before, but this was awesome!
It covers a whole range of issues within one fascinating life - patriarchy and sexism, violence and war, death of friends and loved ones and the struggle for freedom. It allowed the reader to absorb complex ideas and history in a simplified black and white format, which made a lot of the scenes really poignant.
I really appreciated the opportunity to get an inside perspective, especially of Western culture, imperialism and colonialism, as well as the opportunity to really know what the Iranian revolution was born from and the birth of the Islamic Revolution, and its impact on everyday people.
I particularly loved the fact that Satrapi pointed out that the repressed, veiled and austere exterior of fundamentalism did not give people a true idea of what people were really like in Iran, and didn't show what really happens behind closed doors.”
“This is the story of an Iranian lady's experiences in her home country and abroad, told through a series of short anecdotes in rather simple, but surprisingly expressive, pictures. Throughout her childhood she, along with her family, did not approve of the strict traditions and rules set by the government in the name of "freedom," and so she eventually left the country to continue her education elsewhere. Realistically and unfortunately, she explains how her life periodically slipped up, but she managed to keep it relatively stable. The setting and general premise, especially the prevalence of war, can potentially alienate the reader at times, but her background, determination, and difficulties are subtly and expertly communicated, allowing multiple chances for deep personal and emotional connections. Coupled with an abundance of humor, this makes for a wonderful read.”Peter Hu wrote this review Tuesday, October 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really good, inspiring, funny, sad, it was just wonderful :3”Queenie wrote this review Tuesday, October 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A fascinating, touching and at times very funny autobiographical graphic novel. As I don't normally read bios I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. While the story of the writer's childhood growing up in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution may be confronting and hard to read in parts, the story was peppered with little stories that were relatable to any kid growing up in an adult world they can't quite understand. As the story progresses you see Marjane go from a child confused by the sudden change in her culture to a young woman who is coming to terms with who she is and what she wants in this crazy world. it deals with the big issues of war, death, religion, control and censorship but also the small issues of fitting in, finding friends, finding your uniqueness, love, sex, drug experimentation and rebellion which can be just as large and important. I thought Satrapi's art style was delightful in its simplicity and it was a perfect match for the complex, journal-like stories.
I learnt so much about Iran and how the revolution and war with Iraq changed day-today life for its people and this graphic novel gave me a fresh perspective without forcing it on me. A graphic novel I would recommend to almost anyone and one of the best things I've read all year, graphic novel or otherwise.”
“Persepolis, is a fantastic book for real and interesting to see what it was like to live a town whilst there was a war. Also, she has very interesting experiences that could relate to us today. I think it also shows that people in different countries are not that different.”NicDB6 wrote this review Saturday, October 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A fresh perspective on Iranian turmoil through the eyes of a spunky child/adolescent/woman. Artwork and storytelling are both simple yet compelling. Looking at the cover now, I realize: Marji seems to have the most wonderful family.”Frederick Voon wrote this review Tuesday, October 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No