The book just didn't really work. In June 2007 in Thailand, the film was dropped from the lineup of the. As a child, Marjane sees herself as a prophet in the line of Zarathustra, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed. They were divorced after two years of marriage. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Which events would be more important than others? March 2015 At an airport in France, an Iranian woman, , looks at the flight schedule; her eyes come to rest on a listing bound for. When Satrapi explains the horrific torture that the prisoners of war experience she inserts a childlike perspective page 51.
This shows us that the people in Iran know that the new government frowns upon what they are doing but they do not change their ways because it is what they have grown up with; it is normal for them. In some instances, Marji tries to establish her independence by taking part in the revolution, and in others she shows strong nationalism in response to the war, both of which impact her identity and growth. In response to the Shah's regime, Anoosh fled Iran to the Soviet Union. Later, one of her uncles, Taher, has a heart attack. The medium of the graphic novel is also important here because iconic representations of Islam are forbidden by the Islamic regime. It had a smart, intelligent and strong heroine, who asked the right questions and had a heart in the right place. If you start telling it chronologically, eventually you get distracted by some memory or feeling and you have to make a detour, right? These two stories cannot be unspooled from each other—one cannot be told without the other, and no individual in the story can exist or be understood outside of the context of the historical change happening in Iran around him or her, no matter how much he or she might try.
One of them, Nima, hesitates before jumping, consequently falling to his death. When the series gained critical acclaim, it was translated into many different languages. Ok, while this was a really good story, it didn't quite move me as much as the first book. I flew through them both in one afternoon. Loved this volume as much as the first! The reason I preferred the first one is predominately because I enjoyed the innocence of such a young narrator; she was trying to learn and understand things in the same way I was. At home, her father tells her the horrors of the war and they talk deep into the night. Marji watches as her uncle eventually dies from his heart problems.
Once again her independent thinking was rewarded. There she attended the Lycée Français de Vienne. Her friends only seem to be drawn to her because they find the horrors she encountered fascinating, when she just wants to forget the pain in her past. I'm glad she persisted, found her way in the world, and was brave enough to tell her very vulnerable story. Iran's history is seen as a history of both great wealth and great poverty.
Satrapi's vision, according to Jousset, involved a lot of focus on the characters' natural, humane physical imperfections. She goes to her parents and tells them about her and Reza's divorce and they comment on how proud they are of her and suggest that she should leave Iran permanently and live a better life back in Europe. It is very rarely that I find no compassion for book characters. This is such a great series. One other item rang true to me: when Marjane gets to Austria, one of her first purchases was scented laundry detergent. Satrapi's family are of distant Iranian Azeri ancestry and are descendants of Nasser al-Din Shah, Shah of Persia from 1848 until 1896.
Before the Islamic Revolution, Marji went to a co educational, as well as bilingual, school. I just think Satrapi was not and still is not a very self-aware person. And Marji aside, this book did not focus on Iran as much as it did on Marji's personal life and that made it infinitely less interesting. Iranian society is more tyrannical than ever. Marjane's innocence as a child was like patting your pet dog after three days of your absence.
Khosro flees without making the passport. She was at an airport daydreaming and began to have a flashback of her life story in black and white, which is different from the beginning of the novel. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Persepolis was number 2 on the American Library Association's list of Top Ten Most Challenged Books in 2014. GradeSaver, 20 August 2010 Web. Worth proposes that the Guardians of the Revolution wield the cultural symbolism of the veil to oppress the social liberties of women, while Marji herself dons the symbolic veils of makeovers in Austria to escape social ostracization for her Iranian identity.
When her beloved Uncle Anoosh returns, Marji finds out that he had fought as a revolutionary and spent time in prison. Due to its graphic language and images, there is controversy surrounding the use of Persepolis in classrooms in the United States. Finally, she reconnects with her parents, who arrange for her to come home. It's so bad that a neighboring Jewish family is killed one day during an intense attack. New York: New York University Press. From a war torn country, a young though independent Marjane struggles to navigate an entirely new culture without the benefit of a personal ambassador or the ability to go home to regroup before attempting again to find herself in I made the mistake of reading some other reviews that claim that Marjane's depiction of alienation, drug use, and homeless in Austria was largely her own fault, which somehow makes this second part of Satrapi's memoir less enjoyable, which is a ridiculous assertion. Prior to coming to that idea, she had told Marji about forgiving.