by Mando on April 13, 2008Before reading this novel I (unfortunately) had no respect for graphic novels; I figured them to be glamorized comic books. However, Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical account of her childhood during the Iranian revolution taught me otherwise. Her writing is brilliant--witty, intelligent, and sometimes heartbreaking--and the illustrations are perfectly harmonious with the story. I laughed a lot, and often felt like crying; it is difficult enough to be a teenager, but a teenager under a repressive regime offers a tragi-comic coming of age. Other than the entertainment value, I truly gained a more global perspective on Iran, and a deeper understanding of today's politics in the country. Satrapi is a really talented writer, and I can't wait to read the sequel!
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