Like Maus, the main strength of Persepolis is its ability to make the political personal.
Told through the eyes of a child (as reflected in Satrapi's simplistic yet expressive black-and-white artwork), young Marjane learns about her family history and how it is entwined with the history of Iran, and watches her liberal parents cope with a fundamentalist regime that gets increasingly rigid as it gains more power. Outspoken and intelligent, Marjane chafes at Iran's increasingly conservative interpretation of Islamic law, especially as she grows into a bright and independent teenager. Throughout, Marjane remains a hugely likeable young woman
Persepolis gives the reader a snapshot of daily life in a country struggling with an internal cultural revolution and a bloody war, but within an intensely personal context. It's a very human history, beautifully and sympathetically told. --Robert Burrow --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Satrapi's graphic novel chronicling her childhood is an excellent read both if you're interested in the history of this area of the world and if you're interested in reading a good... Read morePublished 10 months ago by AliKira
A real page turner. Made me want to learn more about this period of history. Very engrossing and told from a unique perspective.Published 13 months ago by chughes
I was hesiatant to read persepolis, thinking, that despite it being a graphic novel, it would be dry. and even boring at times. but i was very wrong. Read morePublished on June 9 2009 by Laura Tobin
Persepolis is the first and only graphic novel I have read but I found it to be really enjoyable! A great read which uses humour and sarcasm to construct Sartrapi's... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2009 by J. Pollock
I read it al in two days. it was good. I enjoyed it. Probably the first school book I liked.Published on July 29 2005 by Alex
As an iranian who has lived in similar years as Marjane is talking about, I could totally relate to what she says... Read morePublished on July 17 2004
I have grown up in the same neighborhood and experienced the very same stories that Marjane has shared with us. Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Popak