Review: Persepolis

Read: The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Stars: Five

Drinking: Organic Throat Coat, Traditional Medicinals

Persepolis is Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel about growing up in post-revolution Iran, with a side trip to Austria for school. With a quirky, whimsical tone and drawing style, Satrapi covers everything from protesting as a 9- year- old, to the horrors of Iranian jails during the 1980s, to life on the streets of Vienna.  Her story is a raw coming-of-age in a time of great difficulty not only personally, but in her home society as it settles into the post-revolution suppression.

I loved Persepolis.  The stark but entertaining graphics highlight the horrors that Satrapi and her friends and family faced.  Yet through it all, her parents and grandmother steadfastly supported her, which reminds the reader that even in the darkest of times, there is still light.

I highly recommend the novel to anyone.  Although it is about a different culture, it has many themes of growing up and learning to think critically and question establishments to which anyone can relate.

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