Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, Review

14 Dec

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

Plot: Upon starting this book, I had no background information about Iran and its history. I was shocked to learn how incredibly liberal the country was prior to the Revolution! The history presented in the book is overly simplified, which is intentional as it shows the events as seen through the eyes of a young girl (who tends to latch on to opinions of others, because she is too young to really have an opinion of her own). As the author comes of age during the book, the reader is able to watch her start to form her own identity and opinions. The illustrations are very stark and bold, and were less distracting to me than the illustrations in Maus (which were more like a sketch and included more lines and shading). Satrapi’s strength is showing
emotion on the faces of her characters. This book would be an excellent introduction to both the history and culture of Iran and its people. I wish I had more information available to me while I was reading the book, to help put it into context. Yet, it was fascinating to watch history unfold through the author’s eyes.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars

–Lisa

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