This month, my book club read Persepolis 1 and 2. I haven’t been this excited about a book in a long time.
This is my very first graphic “novel”! I am now wondering how I will ever read a regular book again! I use “novel” in quotes because this is actually a true-life account of the author’s coming of age during a time of political turmoil.
I knew practically nothing about the revolution in Iran before reading Persepolis. And while it is by no means a history book, it did help me to understand a little more about what happened during that time. Most importantly, it illustrated war at the most personal level. I couldn’t help but identify with Marjane and wonder how my own family would be affected.
At times the author touches upon universal coming-of-age, girl stuff – not fitting in, boys, dealing with obnoxious people. These are things that all of us have experienced at one time or another. At these points I forgot that her history is much more complicated than my own. I feel like for a moment, she forgets too.
Everyone I have spoken to who has read or is reading this book has fallen in love with it. It’s touching, heart-breaking, funny and clever at the same time. And… there’s also a MOVIE version. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s at the top of my Netflix now.
I’d love to read another graphic novel very soon. Does anyone have any suggestions???
Also, if you’ve read the Persepolis books, I’d love to hear your thoughts.