What can I say that has not already been said. This autobiography of Marjane Satrapi’s young life in Iran is surprisingly warm and brilliant. The conflict in the novel, stemming from her being a girl in Iran, still hits close to home. There are tons of similarities between herself and any other child; She has dreams. She wants to listen to rock and roll but society doesn’t allow it. Growing up I wanted to listen to some pretty shitty music, and my parents were against it. Her family has dreams of her having a brighter, happier future in Iran, a dream that is too this day not yet realized.

What really hit home was her desire to just be a normal child. She buys bootleg heavy metal albums. She wears a denim jacket. She  does all of the things a normal kid would do in a normal rebellious situation, however unlike you and I, she could have been arrested or killed for being so out spoken. When she is sent to Austria to go to school, she is treated unfairly due to her heritage. Faced with discrimination and fake friends, she points out more than once they all take their freedom for granted. And we all do. I can not imagine being arrested simply because I wore a denim jacket.

The book is amazing. I have yet to see the movie, but I will soon. If you have not read this novel (and really, why haven’t you) pick it up today. Or tomorrow. Just get it by the end of the week. You will not be sorry.




One Response to “Persepolis”

  1. scarletsculturegarden Says:

    It’s also an AMAZING film using the same graphics as in the book but turned into animation – it’s very affecting, even though the characters are pretty much just cartoony blobs on a page!
    Nice shout

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