Persepolis – Graphic Novel and Film

Review  psims Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Published 2000, originally in the French language, 352 pages

WHY DID I READ THIS?    I have wanted to see the film since its nomination at the 80th Academy Awards.    Once I started book-blogging,  seeing it well-received by many AND realizing it was a graphic novel — something I had yet to enjoy, I knew I needed to check this off my list of must-reads.    This is my first graphic novel and I read this for the Dewey Challenge.  I suppose I could count this for the World Citizen Challenge, as well.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?     It’s an autobiographical memoir of a young girl from Iran and how the wars and politics of her country while growing up to become a woman force her to consider her identity as an Iranian.

DID I LIKE IT?     I very much enjoyed reading this and enjoyed how the graphics enhance the stories.     I was shocked how much she endured while living abroad for high school and how she found herself homeless; she was almost ‘lost’ physically and emotionally.       Her choices during this phase presented an interesting contrast to how her country is perceived (or how I perceive Iran) and how one might expect a young girl from such a country to behave.    She mentions this as well in her comparison to how the young women in Iran seek the latest fashions yet are quite prudish in their expectations of what is ‘proper’ female behavior.

I really admire her strong sense of self and her fearlessness to live her life as she feels she must.   Her decisions were not easy but she understands and trusts her own identity; as an individual, a woman, a member of her family and her country, her world.

To me, this is another example of how we humans are all the same – we seek our own place in the world balanced with knowing our place in a secure, loving family and respectful community.     It does not matter where we live or where we come from.

AND WHAT ABOUT THE SCREEN ADAPTATION?   The film was terrific, too, with a few changes to the story line but not many.   The animation was beautifully whimsical at times.     This is not a cartoon for little kids, it’s a wonderful animated experience for adults.

I enjoyed this experience.   


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Lost in a Good Story

Fizzy Thoughts

Out of the Blue

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The Hidden Side of a Leaf


15 thoughts on “Persepolis – Graphic Novel and Film

  1. sounds like a good book and movie…I’ve had this on the TBR list for some time.

    I am happy that I finally picked it up. Sometimes these challenges actually work at broadening my horizons and crossing must-reads off the list.

  2. I’m pretty sure Persepolis was the first graphic novel I ever read too. Loved it and have been meaning to see the film. I’ve really been impressed with her other books too.

    Great reminder, thank you. I need to go wishlist her other books.

  3. This is another of those books in my “I want to read this book right now, not tomorrow, not next week, not next year, but right this very second” pile. Unfortunately for me, that pile has about a hundred books on it.

    I don’t even want to consider how many books you have. How do you ever decide what to read next?

  4. “To me, this is another example of how we humans are all the same – we seek our own place in the world balanced with knowing our place in a secure, loving family and respectful community. It does not matter where we live or where we come from.”

    Very well said, my friend. I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I can’t believe I haven’t watched the movie yet!

    oh, thank YOU, my friend.

  5. Great choice for a first graphic novel. It’s a wonderful book and the movie adaptation was also amazing. Glad to hear you enjoyed the book and movie.

    I do love watching the DVDs that show all the background and ‘how did we make this’ special features…

  6. This was my first ever graphic novel as well, and I think it is an excellent introduction to the genre.

    My next one I hope to read is Watchmen…

  7. Hi Care,

    Just popping in to let you know that I was the runner-up in Chartroose’s Dickens give-away, and she has kindly offered me the “What Would Uriah Heep Do?” T-shirt, but you were the only one who came up with the correct Ethan Hawke answer, so I would like to offer you first dibs on the shirt if you want it. I left a comment on Chartroose’s site as well. I guess the easiest thing would be to head over to her site to let her know if you want it or not. Thanks!

    LOL! Really? No, please, you must have the tee… DO accept this crazy prize. It was very kind of you to suggest this but not necessary!

  8. oh for a moment when you said ‘WHY DID I READ THIS?’, I thought you didn’t like it.

    I have never read a graphic novel before, i am going to start with this one (hopefully)

    Great! I enjoyed it very much and learned a LOT. I was attempting the interview style somewhat, and wanted to be sure to include which challenge I read this – as well, as for my personal “I need to read a graphic novel” challenge…

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