Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (2004) by Marjane Satrapi

Description: Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black and white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehram from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Review: This is one powerful book. Although the artwork is simple, it tells a very dramatic story. From the beginning I couldn’t believe all of the horrific things that Satrapi had to witness in her small years. I honestly did not know all of that about Iranian history and found it enlightening. A very powerful story that all should read.

Score: 5 out of 5

Movie Connection: In 2007, Persepolis was brought to the big screen by Vincent Paronnaud and the author herself. It was done in a very unique style. It appears to be animated, but it is like the book came to life. I have not yet seen this myself but intend to. It looks absolutely beautiful.

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About Michelle

I'm a Midwest girl who has landed herself on the east coast. I spend my days in libraryland. My passion/specialty is graphic novels, manga, and anime. For a few weekends of the year you will find me at an anime convention somewhere on the east coast.

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