Though Persepolis is actually broken into two novels, I purchased the ‘complete’ version and will review it as such.
I really enjoyed this — it only took me four days to finish it. In fact, I almost didn’t want to review it, because I was unsure what I would say. This was such a wonderful story that it feels like Marjane is talking to you and only you. It is told comfortable and matter-of-factly. The pictures really do help tell the story, and without them, I think I would have felt lost and a little outside of the story. Satrapi makes you feel like you’re an insider, like you understand her, which now, I feel like I do.
She easily outraged me against what the Iranian government was doing and was restricting her to do. I related to Marji in a way that I did not expect or imagine. I loved the character and I am truly glad that I bought this book. One of my favorite parts about Marji is that she is quite logical. When faced with new obstacles or experiences, she always thinks… “Once again, I arrived at my usual conclusion: one must educate oneself.”
Marji is what you might see as a usual teenage kid — but she has a great family backing her and teaching her valuable moral lessons. She is proud to rebel, because the Iranian government is unjust and oppressive, and her parents are proud of her. You can really see her grow and mature throughout both novels.
The first books moves smoothly into the second, which makes me doubly glad that I bought the complete version. I would have felt that I was missing out if I had to wait to finish the story.
I definitely recommend this very personal, but relatable, book. If you’re torn on buying it, I would have to say that it’s a quick read only because it draws you into the intensity of the story and the humanity of the characters. I could not put this down. I wanted to find out where Marji’s life lead her — She moved through Iran and Austria, and it was extremely compelling.
I was really hoping that I could get a hold of Persepolis, the movie, but Netflix only has it on instant. Hopefully, someone has a disc copy that I can borrow so I can review it and compare it to the novels (even though I know you’re ‘not supposed to do that’).