Pete Reviews Persepolis

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis book

Describe it in 25 words or less. An autobiographical story of Marjane Satrapi growing up in Iran starting in 1980 when she was 10 years-old until 1994.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? Brigette picked it out for me.

Genre: Autobiography/Graphic Novel

Who was your favorite character and why? Marji Satrapi because despite all the challenges she faced, she managed to find her feet in the end.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Frau Doctor Heller because she was a “crackpot”.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It grabbed me from the introduction and was one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read.

Was it plot or character driven? It leaned slightly towards character but in an autobiography that is probably expected.

What did you think of the ending? It left me wanting to find out more about the author and Iran.

What was the moral of the story? Be true to yourself.

Did you learn anything? I learned a lot about Iran and it’s history.

Favorite quote: “Get real! Up to a certain age, you need your parents, then later, they need you.” – Marji

What would you change? The text size…I had to use a magnifying glass to read most of it.

How does the book compare to the film? I’m yet to watch the film, but would like to soon.

Soundtrack: I’ve included songs mentioned in the book on Spotify, Grooveshark and Rdio.

Who would you recommend it to? Anyone who loves a good (true) story. It is probably the best graphic novel I’ve read and definitely in my top 10.

Beer pairing: Arash Kölsch Ale

What would you change about your childhood education?

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