Persepolis: The story of a childhood – Marjane Satrapi
Published in 2000
Rating: 5 out of 5
I read Persepolis: The story of a childhood for the Graphic Novel Challenge. Persepolis is Satrapi’s memoir on growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. The book is engaging, entertaining, and funny. Satrapi teachs the reader the history of Iran while showing her childhood. You learn of Satrapi’s childhood relationship with God, how the father of the Shah came onto the throne, her beloved uncle Anoosh, and the many Iranian causalities of the Islamic Revoltion.
Personally I know almost nothing about Iran. A couple of years ago I learned that Iran was more than fundamentalists and black veils. The 2003 Nobel Laureate was Shirin Ebadi, who was featured in O magazine and showed many Americans a face and a voice for Iranian women. After reading the article about Ebadi, I didn’t really give Iran and its women another serious thought. But thanks to Satrapi’s memoir, that has changed. I think this is a book that people should really read. I’m not someone who reads graphic novels, but this book is so much more than that. I think anyone will enjoy it.