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"Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi

First read: 03.04.2011

I have had the pdf of this (part 1 & part 2) for a few weeks now but I didn’t realised it would be such a page-turner that I wouldn’t mind reading it on the computer, much less than I would finish it so fast (I think it’s been less than 24 hours!). I haven’t read manga in years and the only other graphic anything I read was “Fun Home” but compared to that I felt MJ didn’t use the medium to its full extent. That’s to say, she told the story with words mostly (and did it really well, if maybe a bit heavy on the “tell”) but the drawn details that make for world-building in comics didn’t seem to be there, which I find odd for someone who studied art. There are many random anecdotes that don’t add to the main coming of age story but that supplied the feeling of things happening in the background that I expected to get from the drawings that weren’t there (the ones that illustrated what was left unsaid) Anyway, that’s basically my only criticism, this was funny, tender, terrifying and exhilarating by turns but never boring.


I liked her portrait of immigrants, even if obviously my experience is a bit less extreme, the stereotyping is always part of your life if you leave your country for another. Her analysis of a totalitarian society was also brilliant, even if many of the things she mentions seem kind of obvious from a Western perspective (as if she's learning the lessons I already know instead of the ones that she could teach me) but there's also this moments of profound insight. 

QUOTES:

We can only feel sorry for ourselves when our misfortunes are still supportable... once that limit is crossed the only way to bear the unbearable is to laugh at it.


 


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ruvevenn
Apr. 9th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this post. You write about this topic very well. There are many cherished moments in life, why not wear a beautiful dress! When looking back on special memories of your child wearing a gorgeous dress, it will make a fond memory.

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