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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

I will admit that I had my doubts about this book when my boyfriend handed it to me and insisted I read it. Maybe it's my stubborn nature, but whenever someone tells me I'll love something, I distrust their verdict. But blast it, that boy knows me and I did indeed love this book when I got round to reading it. 

I am not typically a reader of graphic novels but I think Persepolis may have converted me... Somehow it works far better with her story telling - of a story that can only be described as a comic tragedy. Satrapi tells us of her childhood and how she grew from a proud intelligent little girl into a woman in Iran, and the trials she faced doing so. 

For some reason, books make me far more emotional than films/TV do and so you shouldn't be surprised to hear that I both laughed and cried in equal measure throughout reading Persepolis. And I could not bear to put it down until I'd finished it - the ultimate sign of a great book. 

It's important to read about other women's experiences, and Satrapi takes your hand and guides you through hers with honesty and wit. It isn't necessarily a sad or a funny book - it is just so very real. 

So I do recommend Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and next time my boyfriend passes me a book to read, I won't pop it on my bookshelf to ignore for a few months  (sorry Ross).

2 comments

  1. It sounds like you're exactly in the boat I was in! Definitely go for it, it might surprise you. Hope you enjoy 😉 xx

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  2. I’ve also had this one sitting around on my shelf waiting to be read for a while; my brother recommended it to me last year. From your description, it really does sound right up my alley, so I’ll have to make the time for it soon!

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