I wasn t too impressed with the first Persepolis book and, sorry to say, but I am impressed with The Story of a Return even less.
Unlike many readers, I like the cartoon like art of Satrapi s books I also enjoy her anecdotes The writer is at her best when she infuses humor in her otherwise dark life story What I thoroughly dislike is the author herself It is very rarely that I find no compassion for book characters I mean, I can find love for all kinds of vile people, but no luck here I don t know if Satrapi realizes it, but she portrays herself in a very unflattering light as a self centered, self important and self righteous person Satrapi is judgmental and hypocritical she likes to criticize people for the vices she indulges in herself I still remember her accusing her friend of being a shallow traitor for obsessing over Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestWhen I read the first volume of PERSEPOLIS, people told me that I had to explore this author s other work Luckily, I bought volumes one and two of PERSEPOLIS together, so I could immediately jump from one to the other While the first book primarily takes place in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and then, a few years later, during the Iraqi Invasion, the second book is about Marjane s coming of age in Austria the place her parents decided to send her, where she would be safer from the war.
Marjane ends up in several places friends homes, a church although she was thrown out for talking back to the nuns , hostels, even homeless on the streets She writes about what it was like seeing a Persepolis is the Greek name for the ancient city of Parsa, located seventy miles northeast of Shiraz in present day Iran because I had been wondering about that.
Alright, the second half of this story 3 4 is less about the revolution, andabout a young woman growing up, and discovering herself along the way Yes, it s a fish out water story, but most stories are when you re talking about that period of time between teenager and adult.
Satrapi has an extra layer of awkwardness, because she s alone in a foreign country during this time Plus, the upheaval that happened in her country during her childhood gave her a different outlook on things than most of the children teenagers in her boarding school Bottom line, though Everyone wants to fit in at that age.
So, she does what we all did during that time of our li Everyone needs to step off Geez This book is great It doesn t have that cute little panache of the first book because, duh, it s not about pre teen issues which are cute and naive it s about the world of impulsive effacement that drags a teenager to become a young adult She comes to be a part of the Western world she idealized and finds it colder, in asubtle, acute way, than the repressive regime she escapes in the first book Because as violent and absurd as the regime is, she still exists in a harbor of love She finds the West to be devoid of real faith in people Everyone is deceptive, all points are theoretical The criticism she has is of the dullness and hypocrisy of rebellion, arguing that the Euro Õ Persepolis 2 ✓ Persepolis the First was touching Persepolis the Second was not The teen aged Marjane is sent to Vienna where she is bounced from place to place by both circumstance and her own big mouth Marjane, abandoned and isolated, turns to drugs and questionable friends and lovers to get through this time Though she is apparently bright, she barely gets through school After she catches her boyfriend cheating on her, she spends three months on the street and then returns to Iran Once in Iran, it really gets jolly and fun Marjane is depressed She attempts suicide There are some ups, but a lot of downs I won t list them all and spoil it for everyone else, but REALLY All of this bad, sad, and terrible stuff is going on, and I didn t feel anything Nothing Maybe it s because a lot of the
This is the continuing story of Marjane when her parents send her away to Austria where she has to live in a bunch of different places and doesn t understand a lot of what s going on It s still a really sad story I watched this dvd and my friends link will show some of the gifs from the movie It s a sad book and movie Anne s Review I think what ultimately made this novel fall flat for me is that I was prepared for somethingalong the lines of thought provoking and eye opener and instead finished this feeling rather disappointingly underwhelmed.
I thought the author s idea of writing her autobiography in the form of a comic, to be an intriguing and fun premise, but also, perhaps a problematic one as well While certainly being innovative, I just don t think that there was enough strength and potency, in either the words or the pictures, which was unfortunate because the author had a real chance to really impact the reader with graphics that could speak a thousand words in thunderous volumes I found the overall tone of the narration to bealong the lines of fanciful whimsical with an added touch of self pity, and at times I could not take Satrapi seriously, much less identify with her or even sympathize It s i I borrowed both parts one and two of Persepolis from my friend Margaret I flew through them both in one afternoon.
They are a stunningly beautiful story of a girl growing up People talk about the politics, the history and all of that Yeah, that stuff is there, but ultimately its a story about a child trying to find who she is The circumstances surrounding her are extraordinary, but that s only part of what makes it a good story.
To me its greatness comes from how she tells her story, and how drawn into it you become I was telling a friend about it the other day, and while her art is really cool, and fairly unique at least in the graphic novel world , it doesn t ever make you delay turning the page so you can linger on the art It is all about telling the story in a compelling way, and it really does that.
Its beautiful, heartbreaking, and I loved
Heralded By The Los Angeles Times As One Of The Freshest And Most original Memoirs Of Our Day, Marjane Satrapi Dazzled Us With Her Heartrending Memoir In Comic Strips About Growing Up In Iran During The Islamic Revolution Here Is The Continuation Of Her Fascinating Story In , Marjane Flees Fundamentalism And The War With Iraq To Begin A New Life In Vienna Once There, She Faces The Trials Of Adolescence Far From Her Friends And Family, And Trailer Æ Persepolis 2 PDF by ☆ Marjane Satrapi While She Soon Carves Out A Place For Herself Among A Group Of Fellow Outsiders, She Continues To Struggle For A Sense Of BelongingFinding That She Misses Her Home Than She Can Stand, Marjane Returns To Iran After Graduation Her Difficult Homecoming Forces Her To Confront The Changes Both She And Her Country Have Undergone In Her Absence And Her Shame At What She Perceives As Her Failure In Austria Marjane Allows Her Past To Weigh Heavily On Her Until She Finds Some Like Minded Friends, Falls In Love, And Begins Studying Art At A University However, The Repression And State Sanctioned Chauvinism Eventually Lead Her To Question Whether She Can Have A Future In IranAs Funny And Poignant As Its Predecessor, PersepolisIs Another Clear Eyed And Searing Condemnation Of The Human Cost Of Fundamentalism In Its Depiction Of The Struggles Of Growing Up Here Compounded By Marjane S Status As An Outsider Both Abroad And At Home It Is Raw, Honest, And Incredibly Illuminating