Saturday, March 4, 2017

Review: Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (Persepolis #3-4) by Marjane Satrapi, Anjali Singh (Translator)

Summary from Goodreads:

In Persepolis, 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 1984, 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 while she soon carves out a place for herself among a group of fellow outsiders, she continues to struggle for a sense of belonging.

Finding that she misses her home more 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 Iran.

As funny and poignant as its predecessor, Persepolis 2 is 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.

My Review:

I have a love/hate relationship with graphic novels in general but I'm a huge fan of the graphic memoir.

What I Liked:

The art.
The style is simple and it evokes a realistic image. The coloring is only in black and white, which worked to emphasize the balance between the images and the main story. I felt that Satrapi's images impacted the story and emphasized the message of discovering your identity as a young women.

The message. The novel deals with identity as a women and also explores living in Iran as a women. It conveys issues of gender and politics in a way that helps the reader understand everything.

The writing. Compared to the other graphic memoir I read for my Women and Literature course this one was written extremely well and I flew through the novel.

I recommend checking out this graphic memoir is informative and eye-opening read.

My Rating:

5 Stars Out of 5 Stars

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