Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Marjane Satrapi
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Apr 14, 2024

Persepolis is a unique book that doesn’t adhere to what is expected in literature. It combines the personality and ease of reading a graphic novel with the depth of a non-fiction book, particularly a memoir. Specifically, this book follows Satrapi’s life as she grows through the Islamic Revolution. As a child, she becomes rebellious and seeks better out of the Islamic government. Later in her life, she keeps some elements but is subdued in others. This book reminds the readers that war has effects on real people’s lives and well-being, all for factors that may as well be marginal compared to human lives. Satrapi uses the comic format to enhance and make the image of a war cartoony. This provides the readers with a more understandable aspect of the situation (as Satrapi has drawn it) while pointing out the absurdity of war and the general pointlessness of such actions. This book blends politics, religion, personal and community struggles in a book with fantastic flow and value factors. It simultaneously takes away the seriousness and tragedy that comes with war, distilling it into some comical aspects that keep the book relevant and grounded to the topics discussed and providing a nice exchange for some dedication of time. Five out of five.

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