The Life Unwired with Ben Combee (unwiredben) wrote,
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Book to Read: Persepolis

At dinner tonight, I finished Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel "Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood". This is a really touching work about growing up as a young teenage girl in Iran during the revolution of 1979 and subsequent Iran-Iraq war. It's funny, poignant, and occasionally very sad, and it gave me a very different perspective on life in Iranian society and how much it changed during those years. The art style is bold, full of black and white contrast, some fantasy sequences, and lots of great facial expressions. It reminds me of Andi Watson's work, although on a smaller scale. This story really works well in this form; there is enough text to convey the subtleties, but the drawings do a great job of representing a child's perspective. The author has written several other graphic novels, including a sequel, "Persepolis 2" where she returns to Iran as an adult, and "Embroideries", a collection of stories about the lives of Iranian women. I look forward to reading those in the near future.
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