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Book Review: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood


Genre: Nonfiction, Graphic Novel
Original Publication Date: 2000


Read: 18 – 22 Jan 2016

Summary: As the first half of the Persepolis story, The Story of a Childhood tells the tale of Marjane Satrapi as she grows up in Iran. Balancing her parent’s political views with the lives they lead in the public eye, Satrapi artfully combines her personal narrative with the political narrative of her childhood home. As she comes-of-age in a war-torn country, she struggles to reconcile who she is with whom her country expects her to be.

Review: I first saw the film interpretation of Persepolis in a class during university, although which one it was escapes me. Perhaps it was paired with Reading Lolita in Tehran. Although I don’t really remember the film version of Persepolis all that well, I still wanted to read the graphic novel version. I think part of why I wanted to read it was because I read Reading Lolita in Tehran and enjoyed it so much and I wanted to have the same feeling when reading Persepolis. The added political information was helpful in framing to readers who might know nothing about the politics of Iran (like myself), but made the story a bit dull in parts.

Recommendation: If you enjoyed Reading Lolita in Tehran, I definitely recommend this book as an alternative view-point.

More Info

Publisher: Pantheon
Edition Publication Date: 2003
Edition ISBN: 9780375422300

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