Summary: Marjane (Marji) Satrapi is a young girl growing up during the Iranian Revolution. With her parents being quite devoted to the demonstrations going on in their city, she immediately wanted to participate. Early on, you could tell that Marji craved knowledge. When the war began, Marji wasn’t paralyzed with fear like many others, but was ready to take charge. After a bomb exploded next door to the Satrapi family, Marji’s parents decided that it was appropriate and safer if Marji went to go live in Austria, with the promise that they would be there to visit in six months. After the discussion with her parents, the finality set in and Marji realized that her parents weren’t going to be there to visit.
Evaluation: This book was extremely beneficial to read. Unlike other books of this kind, it drew you in and created an interesting story to teach you about historic events, Instead of simply listing facts that you could easily look up online. Marjane Satrapi did a wonderful job of retelling her childhood in a way that teaches readers about important events in the past.
Summary: Persepolis is an illustrated autobiography, also known as a graphic novel, about the author/illustrator Marjane Strapi. Marji dreams of becoming a prophet at a young age so she can someday change the world. She is growing up during the Iranian revolution so there is a lot of violence going on. Her parents send her to Austria at age 12. During this time in her life Marji goes a bit buck wild. After a few years Marji yearns for home and her family, even though she knows that the social conditions will be worse. In short, this book is a not so traditional coming of age story of a girl living during uncertain times.
This book was quite a pleasant surprise to read. I chose to read this book because initially I thought that it was just going to be an easy read. In no way did I think I would find this book very interesting. However, I started finding that I could not put the book down once I started to read it. I found myself captivated and enticed by this intriguing story. One would not expect this from an autobiography told through the simplicity of a graphic novel. However the simplicity of it all is what gives this book its charm, because the format is so simple but tells the story so intricately and in so much detail with minimal words.
Summary: This is a memoir by Marjane (Marji) Satrapi about growing up in the middle of a war in Iran. The book begins with the war, and Marji is just a little girl. You can see how she grows up because of the problems that war causes for her family, but at the same time she struggles to have a normal childhood. (At one point her dad even smuggles an iron maiden poster and Michael Jackson CD into her room! She has a rebellious personality and likes listening to American music). When Marji was a young teenager (about 12 or 13) there was an explosion by her apartment that nearly killed her and her mother. When they were walking around the ruins, Marji and her mother saw a bracelet and went to pick it up, but it was attached to a hand. That made Marji’s mother finally decide to send her to live in Austria. In Austria, Marji meets a lot of new friends, but isn’t really happy. Hanging out with her rebellious friends makes her feel like she isn’t proud to be Iranian, but she isn’t proud to be from a war-torn country. She misses her family. Eventually she descends to the point where she is sick and living on the streets. I think being immersed into such a different culture with such abrasive characters was difficult for Marji. Another reason that Marji couldn’t handle Vienna was because her boyfriend cheated on her and he was the one person that she trusted to be there for her when she was struggling with people, school, drugs, or her roommate’s annoying hairdryer.
Evaluation: Throughout the graphic novel, Marji is trying to figure out who she really is. She was a rebel in Iran, but when she took that personality out of the warzone she found out that that isn’t who she really was. It’s a disturbing and often humorous memoir about self discovery. I noticed that as Marji gets older in the book her vocabulary expands, and that’s cool because it gives you a sense of how she’s growing up.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Recommendations: The Harry Potter Series, Les Misreables, The Night Circus
A girl named Marji grows up in Iraq during a revolution. She sees death and war, and being a woman, deals with a lot of discrimination. Her family fights for their freedoms as Iranians and tries to protect their daughter by moving her to Austria. She deals with many hardships in Europe with herself and with the Western ways of living. The society that she’s grown accustomed to is so different in Europe that she decides she needs to go back. She’s a grown woman when she returns and is treated as so by her parents and her country. But at the end of the book, too much pressure causes her to leave for France for good.
The book Persepolis was a very easy read, and the whole thing could be read in about five hours. But because it’s written in panels, vital information can be overlooked very easily. This made the book a bit harder to reflect on without that focus on important events. Although it was hard to remember all the details it’s easy to get the main idea and the book was actually a pretty good read.
Persepolis is a graphic novel about a young girl growing up in Iran during the time of the revolution. The book illustrates the hardships and changes Marji’s family must endure as well as many others living in Iran. Marji also struggles to find herself.
Although the book is an easy read, it is hard to take seriously sometimes, because of the fact that it looks like a comic book. There are so many things happening within each “chapter” (there is no real sense of chapters) that it becomes a bit confusing at times. Overall, it’s an okay book. It’s interesting to hear the perspective of the revolution through the eyes of a young girl growing up.
Rating: 2 Stars
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Summary: Persepolis follows Marjane Strapi through her life. She grows up in Iran during the Iranian revolution. Her parents are very strong protestors against the Shah (the former leader of Iran). Marjane’s parents send her to Austria because of the war that is going on in Iran against Iraq. Marjane changes a lot while living in Austria. She moves back to Iran when the war is over. Marjane meets a guy named Reza. Marjane and Reza get married. Marjane soon realizes that she doesn’t love Reza, and they get divorced. Marjane moves to France to finish her studies.
Evaluation: I like Persepolis. It was very easy to follow because it was a graphic novel. I liked how the language evolved as Marjane got older. The art was ok; I think it could have been better. The art looked like it was just thrown together. Overall, it was very insightful and a good read.
The graphic novel Persepolis is an engaging, illustrated autobiography of a woman from Iran and her account of the war that broke out in the 1980’s, the change of government regime, and how her life changed. The story progresses through the breaking up of her “co-ed” French elementary school, through the riots, the controversy over women wearing “the veil” and the rebellious youth, including the rapid westernization of the people. Persepolis 2 follows this pattern, having the author, Marjane Satrapi sent to Vienna, and her living with friends she met, as well as the bad choices she began to make (including almost marrying a gay man!).
This book is pretty good, if not a little annoying. The fact is that is a graphic novel gives you a really good visualization of the story, where words might sometimes fail to paint especially coherent pictures. The author tends to dwell on the same thing a little too long, which can prove to be irritating. Nonetheless, it is a story that gives you a real insight into history, not from a “history professor”, but from someone who lived through it all.
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Summary: Marji is a young girl growing up during the Iranian revolution. She dreams of becoming a prophet as a little girl so she can change the world. This book follows her through her life as she becomes a grown woman. At the age of 12, Marji’s parents send her to Austria. She stays there for a year and meets a lot of new people. After living on the streets in Vienna, she soon wants to come home. Upon arriving home she struggles to figure out who she really wants to be.
Evaluation: This book is very well written and easy to follow. It flows in chronological order from when she is a child until she’s a grown woman. The graphics make the story interesting and help the reader picture what is going on. The ideas of personal development throughout the story make it a great book for high school readers.
Rating: 4 stars
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