The Complete Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi [TSS]

Title: The Complete Persepolis
Author: Marjane Satrapi
ISBN: 9780375714832
Pages: 352
Release Date: October 30, 2007
Publisher: Pantheon
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Graphic Novel
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

From the front flap:

The Complete 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 trails 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–The Complete Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.

The Complete Persepolis is actually two volumes edited into one: the first is Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and the second is Persepolis: The Story of a Return . Combined, they represent some 15 years of Satrapi’s life and make a scintillating and beautiful tale.

When I picked up The Complete Persepolis, I wasn’t entirely sure on how the graphic novel format would work for a non-fiction story, and a memoir at that. I thought it might be too detached and wouldn’t give enough narrative information to tell an effective story. However, I found that I was completely wrong. The Complete Persepolis is a very personal memoir that is as emotional as it is interesting.

I loved the glimpse that The Complete Persepolis provided of revolutionary Iran. It was so interesting to learn about the protests against the Shah, and how it turned into an Islamic revolution. I have studied this subject in some detail, so it was refreshing to see it from a personal point of view and through a child’s eyes. I also found the discussion of the treatment of women in post-revolutionary Iran to be fascinating.

The illustrations in The Complete Persepolis are absolutely gorgeous. They add a lot to the story; after reading it in graphic novel format, I couldn’t imagine the memoir presented any other way. Now that I have read the book, I can’t wait to see the movie especially since they stayed true to the style of art in the graphic novel.

I really enjoyed The Complete Persepolis. It was very unique and completely captivating; I’m glad Marjane Satrapi chose the graphic novel format to present her memoir. It’s a great read that I highly recommend.

Comments

  1. I’m reading this for My Friend Amy’s Newsweek thingy and I’m really looking forward to it.

  2. I’m reading this for My Friend Amy’s Newsweek thingy and I’m really looking forward to it.

  3. I’ve seen the movie listed when I scroll through On Demand. I’m tempted to watch it, but I think I’ll read the book first.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  4. I’ve seen the movie listed when I scroll through On Demand. I’m tempted to watch it, but I think I’ll read the book first.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  5. I’ve got this on my wishlist, but haven’t as yet snagged one. I’ve seen the DVD on the library’s shelf, though, and I’ve almost picked it up a couple of times, but I want to read it first.

    Great review, btw… now I’m getting antsy for it!

  6. I’ve got this on my wishlist, but haven’t as yet snagged one. I’ve seen the DVD on the library’s shelf, though, and I’ve almost picked it up a couple of times, but I want to read it first.

    Great review, btw… now I’m getting antsy for it!

  7. This one seems like a good one to read right now in light of recent events inside Iran. Thanks for a thorough review.

  8. This one seems like a good one to read right now in light of recent events inside Iran. Thanks for a thorough review.

  9. I work for the SUNY Oswego and this is the book we are focusing on this year.

    Students are all encourage to read this book and seminars, workshops and classes will occur throughout the year in relation to this subject.

    http://www.oswego.edu/academics/opportunities/oswego_reading_initiative/current_selection/index.html

  10. I work for the SUNY Oswego and this is the book we are focusing on this year.

    Students are all encourage to read this book and seminars, workshops and classes will occur throughout the year in relation to this subject.

    http://www.oswego.edu/academics/opportunities/oswego_reading_initiative/current_selection/index.html

  11. This one’s on my wish list too. Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much!

  12. This one’s on my wish list too. Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much!

  13. This was picked by my town for a town-wide read! I was so impressed that they picked a GN.

  14. This was picked by my town for a town-wide read! I was so impressed that they picked a GN.

  15. I haven’t read this either. But I’ve had it on the TBR list for some time.

  16. I haven’t read this either. But I’ve had it on the TBR list for some time.

  17. I’ve read and heard so much about this graphic memoir. I’d love to see the movie. Embroideries, also by Marjane Satrapi, is hysterical!

  18. I’ve read and heard so much about this graphic memoir. I’d love to see the movie. Embroideries, also by Marjane Satrapi, is hysterical!

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