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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

It is important to note that is a graphic novel which means it's set up like a comic book.  Amazon.com has a "look inside feature on this book, so you can see what that means. 

Amazon.com says:

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s 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 Tehran 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.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.

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  • Trina

    Having never read a graphic novel, I had preconceived ideas on what one might be like (thinking comic book). I was wonderfully surprised at how much I like the book. The book presented a topic of which I had little understanding, but what I did had, I discovered, was very simplistic and inaccurate. The graphic novel format has a way of disarming judgments which gave me an openness with which to read the book and approach the topic. Something that I might not have even been willing to "taste", I was now "chewing on". I seek to be a person who approaches situations in an open way. This book revealed something I didn't know I wasn't very open to, made me think and evaluate and seek more understanding. It was also entertaining to read. That is exactly what I look for in a book. I would highly recommend the book!

    April 5, 2014

  • Trina

    Hi everyone! I'm looking forward to meeting up tomorrow. Once again, this has been a fascinating book which I would have never picked for myself. I SO enjoy this group!

    April 3, 2014

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    A former member

    Can't wait! Totally not what I expected when I heard we were reading a graphic novel.

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • Pam

    I will be out of town

    March 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to hear that, hopefully see you again soon, Pam!

      April 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone! I've reserved the meeting room at Fronimo's for this Friday. They have great food and quite decent prices, and they wanted me to mention that they expect everyone to purchase something since the meeting room is free (they have great appetizers and desserts: loaded Greek fries, baklava, Greek coffee...yum!). They have counter service, so you might show up a little early if you'd like to place an order. Excited to see all of you then!

    April 1, 2014

    • Melissa

      Thanks Willa! I really appreciate the fact that you set up the meeting room. See you Friday.

      April 1, 2014

  • Melissa

    Just set the location for April! I totally forgot until Willa reminded me.

    March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just reserved the book at the library. Looks like there is a Persepolis and a Persepolis 2 (following the author into young adulthood) as well as an edition called "The Complete Persepolis" which includes both 1 & 2 together. I'm just going to go ahead and read both because I'm interested and I don't imagine it will take long. Buying the "Complete" edition seemed quite reasonable on amazon when I checked. (And there are several copies of both 1 & 2 at the library available still!)

    March 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh also, everyone should feel free to read just the first one if they're busy! Just my two cents.

      March 13, 2014

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