Book Review

PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi

Rating: 4 / 5

PERSEPOLIS is the graphic memoir of Marjane Satrapi, covering her childhood growing up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. Her parents are advocates for a more progressive mindset and Marjane is raised to be an independent woman in a culture that is growing much more male dominated. Marjane is a child when political upheaval forces women to begin to wear the veil and give up many of their personal iberties.

Growing up during a time of war, her parents make the difficult decision to send her to Vienna as a teen on her own. She is safe there from collapsed buildings and the deaths of friends and loved ones, but cut off from all support systems during her teen years. Returning home, she gives a perspective on what has and has not changed in her home country.

I made a last minute decision to add this to my April reading in order to join in on the #ReadTheWorld21 challenge on bookstagram and I’m glad I wound up picking this book up. It was a great addition to my 24-Hour Readathon late in the month because the often difficult content was balanced out with touches of humor in young Marjane’s perspective.

I found the POV of a child growing up in Iran to be very interesting and I was hooked to keep reading! This isn’t a perspective or an area I have done a lot of reading about, so I’m glad to have the chance to learn more. It was interesting to me how relevant some things felt, such as glimpses of empty market shelves and people hoarding baby formula and other supplies which felt awfully familiar to recent days though for a different reason.

This was my first time reading a memoir in this kind of format and I really enjoyed it! I would definitely recommend PERSEPOLIS!

Reading Challenges:

#CRChallenge2020 – Expanding Horizons (a book by someone who is demographically different than you)

#ReadingWomenChallenge – A Book by an Arab Woman

#ReadTheWorld21 – Middle East

2 thoughts on “PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi”

  1. This one is such a classic (an underrated one, in my opinion). There’s a movie as well – if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the watch if you enjoyed the book!

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    1. Thanks for the reminder – I vaguely remembered that there was a movie. Definitely will want to check that out!

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