I've never read a graphic novel before. I'm not sure what to call it actually, is 'graphic memoir' the correct term? Either way, Persepolis was amazing. I'm not sure if it would have been possible for me to put this book done before I'd finished. And I did whip right through it.
It's the story of Marjane Satrapi from the ages of 8-14, as she grows up in Tehran during the Islamic revolution and the war with Iraq before being sent to Vienna for her own safety. Marjane's parents are Marxist and they and many close friends and family members are involved in the revolution, so Marjane witnesses and is aware of a lot of the injustices. Satrapi family is quite a liberal one, so the changes in their life under a new fundamentalist regime is difficult. The Iranian revolution isn't a subject that I was very familiar with before reading this book, but Persepolis put a very human face on some of the suffering. It's told very simply by a cute little girl who is struggling to find out who she is and what she believes in a time of upheaval. Though a difficult subject matter, the entire story is told with a bit of humour.
Because I've never read a graphic novel before, I did find myself sometimes only reading the text and missing out on the illustrations but I soon got used to that. I found the illustrations to be quite simplistic but very effective. The use of black-and-white seemed to be the right fit for the story. I really cannot wait to read the second installment of Marjane's story and the film also sounds amazing. This was a wonderful first book to read to introduce me into the genre of graphic novels!
Bookslut (with interview with author)
Eye on Everything
She Is Too Fond of Books
S. Krishna's Books
things mean a lot
Read for: 100+ reading challenge, Support Your Local Library, Women Unbound reading challenge
What's your favourite graphic novel? I'm new to this scene and need some suggestions of where to go next!