Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Sartrapi


* Picture from Amazon*

Format read: Paperback

Genre: Memoir, Graphic Novel

Rating: 7 out of 10

Plot: Marjane was a child when unrest over the Shah’s rule broke out in Iran.  She watched as her parents joined in the protests, and family and friends were arrested.  When the Shah was overthrown, she celebrated with her family, only to watch a new regime take over that in many ways was just as bad.  She watched as family members were released only to round up again and then executed.  She watched as the war with Iraq unfolded and saw the toll it took on the lives of those around her.

Opinion: This is the first graphic novel that I read.  I thought it was a pretty interesting way to write a memoir, and I enjoyed it.  The one thing I didn’t like is that it was told in a series of short stories, and I felt at the end that I still didn’t have a good understanding of who the characters were.  Nevertheless, it was interesting enough that I would like to read the second book in this series.

Next book: All the Flowers in Shanghai by Duncan Jepson


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