Persepolis | An important read.

January 6, 2017 | Posted by Amanda in Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Persepolis | An important Marjane Satrapi
Genres: Memoir & Autobiography
by Pantheon
Format: Paperback
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4.5 Stars
Source: Purchased

Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.

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.

Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom--Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.

Happy Friday, Latte Nights Readers!!

Let me start this review by first saying a big, warm, mushy THANK YOU to every one of you for being so amazing and welcoming after my official intro post this past Wednesday!!!
Y’all had already been so amazing to me over the last few weeks as I have been transitioning from my last blog to this one and it has made this whole experience incredible!
I am so pumped for 2017 with y’all!!

Second, a little “housekeeping” if you will; I am so sorry for not responding in any sort of speedy or dependable manner to your comments or getting over to your blogs to read and comment!!!
I promise you, I make a point of reading the blogs of those who are active here!!
The reason I have been remiss is that I have not had a working laptop, on and off, for about two weeks AND my phone will not allow me to comment! I swear, technology and I are just not meant to be!

Once I have a laptop again (which will be today – Friday, January 06) I will be all over each of you with so much love you will consider filing a restraining order!! LOL

Without further nonsense from me, enjoy this short and sweet review of Persepolis, a memoir by Marjane Satrapi.

This post originally appeared on My Patronus is a Coffee on October 10, 2016.

Let’s get the negative out of the way off the top – the graphic novel style of this book was very confusing for a long while before I could grasp what was happening.

There are two print versions of this autobiography – a two part, and a combined – I read the complete (combined) version. Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to understand that when I say “I had to reread the entire first book (childhood) after finally understanding how the speech 💬 and information texts were coordinated” I am talking about literally an entire book!

Now, if we exclude this need to reread, this book is phenomenal!
Every single western citizen (I say western because I can only speak to what I know) should be required to read this! I’m looking at you, Trump!

Marjane’s story had me crying, had me smiling, and, most importantly, had me questioning everything the media had been reporting, and politicians had been spewing!

Go, go now, and read this book!

Then, when you are done… write a review, take a picture, send a tweet, do whatever you need to do to get everyone you know to read this! 

Hell, I’ll settle for getting them to watch the movie!!

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8 responses to “Persepolis | An important read.

  1. Yes! Persepolis is a phenomenal memoir, and the fact that it’s told in graphic novel format made me love it all the more. I actually originally read this in high school for an English class, but I’ve reread it many times since then. Glad you enjoyed this one, Amanda!

    • Amanda Mitchell

      Oh my gosh, I am so glad someone else has read it! Lol. Honestly, before Emma Watson had it on her bookclub, I had never heard of it, and no one I know had read it before I made them!

  2. This has actually been on my radar for a little bit but I’m not much of a graphic novel reader so I was waiting to read some reviews on it so thank you, thank you, thank you for reviewing it. I’ll be purchasing this one for sure.

    • Amanda Mitchell

      I am so glad!! It is definitely worth the read!!
      If / when you do get it, since you do not usually read graphic novels, please feel free to message me if you’re confused by the way it is laid out!! I do regularly read graphic novels, and I was lost.

    • Amanda Mitchell

      If memoirs or autobiographies, or biographies, are not your usual read – and clearly they are not! – I would be beyond happy to chat with you and recommend some that could get you into it!! TBH, it is a VERY hit or miss genre. Message me on instagram, twitter, or shoot me an email, if you want 🙂

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