Beautiful. Dec 5, 2008
Funny, frightening, and deeply emotional, "Persepolis" is definitely a book that should be read by as many people as possible. The point of view of a child is already such a special and strange thing, that when you take a child's point of view of very extraordinary events and situations, such as the Islamic Revolution in Iran, you end up with a very powerful book. Add to this the stark, simple black and white illustrations by author Marjane Satrapi, and the result is very powerful, indeed. Satrapi's narrative voice is akin to audible storytelling; she makes you feel like she is sitting with you, telling you about her life and memories, as opposed to adding writerly flourishes that would make it into more of a "novel." This serves the story well, for there is no sense of removal from the events she describes. It is clear that this is someone's life experience, and it is incredible.