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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Read The World - Iran - Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Book: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Author: Marjane Satrapi
Pages: 160
Book takes place in the country: YES
Author is from the country: YES
I have visited: NO

This is my 65th read for the year.

Leaving the hospital with my daughter today, so we are very glad!  It has been a long 5 days, but I did get a lot of reading done.

In this graphic novel, the author tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages 6-14 where she saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime.  She lived through the Iran war.  The whole story is her view as a child of what happened in Iran.  She learns a lot about the revolution and how her own family was involved.  Through stories and first hand accounts, she walks us through the human cost of war.

This was pretty good.  It was very short, and because it is a graphic novel, I read it within about 2 hours.  It is the author's own take on her own struggles and what she learned from her own family.  It is thought provoking and head shaking, and unbelievable that this happens to people in some of these countries under dictator regime.

I suggest to give it a read.  It is a two part story (there is a second book) and I think I will read it as well.  This book is showing up on summer reading list all over the US, and I think that is a great idea.

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  1. I am glad you and your daughter get to go home! Sending continued well wishes to your daughter! Also congrats on reading 65 books this year, I aspire to be on your level!

    I haven't heard of this graphic novel before, but the cover alone is intriguing so I may just waddle over and see if my library has it! Thanks for the review!

    1. Thank you! She is doing much better. Yes - I hadn't heard of it either, but it came up on the high school's summer reading list and it fit this country, so I gave it a go!

  2. I read Persepolis for sociology class back in high school and it remains one of my favourite graphic novels. I feel like I learned...a lot from it.

    1. I agree. I think I will read the second one for sure