Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood - Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
By Marjane Satrapi

Wow! Wow, wow, wow!! What an incredible story. This is the first graphic novel I have ever read and what a way for me to be introduced to them. I never thought a graphic novel could be so powerful.

Satrapi is courageous and funny and so relatable. Her story is enlightening. It is extremely real and enlightening. The illustrations are entertaining while at the same time being extremely powerful. Her story shows the side of a war that is often difficult to depict, the view from a child or teenagers view.

I never thought that a graphic novel would make me cry but Persepolis did just that. Then, that final frame just killed me. I don’t know what I was thinking, buying only the first book and not Persepolis 2. The stores around here don’t have it so I have to order it and wait for it to be shipped. I can’t wait!!! I have to see how it ends! I can’t be left with that final image and not know what’s next. It’s not even like it was a cliffhanger ending, I just need more. Right now!

I can’t believe I waited this long to read this in the first place. Don’t make the same mistake I did. Go buy it now. Run…hurry.

Ok, I realize this review is kind of all over the place but it was my first reaction to the story and as you can see I loved it.

If you are looking for something a bit more coherent here are some great reviews by other bloggers:


The Zen Leaf

Medieval Bookworm

This book was part of my list for the Women Unbound Challenge.

**Source: bought this with my Christmas giftcards...that same way I am going to buy book 2.


Jenny said...

The last panel always makes me cry too! I can't imagine leaving my parents and going all alone to a new country at that age. I hope you can get Persepolis 2 soon. :)

nat @book, line, and sinker said...

this is the second great review i've seen of this book...but i'm still not sold on graphic novels. i read one a few months back but it felt so awkward to me when i was reading it.

okay, i'm going to see if my library has this one and i'll put it on my list! :)

Jess - A Book Hoarder said...

Definitely check it out Nat.

Since this is the first one I have read I don't know if it was just exceptionally well done or if I will actually enjoy the entire genre but this was a great place to start.