Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

If there is one book I could recommend to everyone, this is it. Especially if you are a woman.

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This text tells the story of Marjane Satrapi’s life in Tehran from six to 14, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution & the devastating effects of war with Iraq. Satrapi paints a portrait of daily life in Iran & of the bewildering contradictions between home life & public life.

Those who have been following my blog for a while will probably not take this seriously since every time I get unduly excited about a book, this is what I say. You’re right, I do have a tendency to use this blog to scream at the top of my voice about how great some book was. But this time, it is different. I read this book months ago and since then I have had so much time to process it and revisit some sections.

I don’t think I have ever related to a character as much as this. The graphic novel format works so well for this story where so many things are conveyed in a subtle manner. Most importantly, issues of such depth are handled with an endearing sense of humour. persepolis-images

Another important point I wanted to discuss – what is it with all the negative reviews ? The only point they make is that they found the character “arrogant” or “annoying”. First of all, this is autobiographical. I really do not understand how you can dislike an autobiography purely based on your judgement of what is right or wrong. Second, have we reached a stage where only goody goody characters and stories are worth praising ?

Anyway, this isn’t yours truly getting hyper as always and trying to get you all to read it. This is a very serious me giving a very serious recommendation *hands crossed on desk , stares with gravitas*

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PS: Do let me know if you read it though ! I would love to discuss it with you guys 🙂