The blurb on Goodreads:
Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.
I absolutely loved this book and here is why you MUST read it too:
- This book is in a graphic novel format, which means you not only read the text but also get to see the stunning visuals. The pictures accompanying the text add a lot of character to the story and makes it all the more interesting.
- The book will educate you about Iranian society’s history-the revolution, it’s aftermaths, the sexist laws, the education system, the war with Iraq etc. The fact that we get to know about these events through protagonist’s experiences render them intriguing, better than a dry history lesson.
- This is a raw story of children growing up in a war-torn country. You get an insight into how their lives change and how they live in constant fear of getting punished for no reason at all.
- All the female characters in the story as badass, fierce, strong, independent woman. The protagonist, her mother, and her grandmother never feared to voice out their opinions. They actively encouraged the protagonist to speak up against the injustice. This portrayal is very refreshing.
- The author has been able to present the dichotomy of being a “third-worlder” in a first-world country when she had to move to Austria for her safety very well. She has to face a lot of prejudice in a foreign country because of her nationality. And when she comes back home, she is perceived differently because she spent time in a foreign country. This dilemma and how she navigates through it is fascinating to read.
In a nutshell, you get to experience Iran through the eyes of a child, a rebellious teenager, and a grown-up.
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