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Friday, December 7, 2012

Persepolis


I have been itching to read Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis for years and I was recently presented with the opportunity when a friend of mine shoved in my hand and said, "You have to read this!" So I most certainly did.

During the tumultuous period in history, Marjane lives with her parents in Tehran when the Islamic Revolution breaks out. Marjane's parents privately rebel while she herself becomes more and more outspoken as she loses friends and family. Close calls occur with the authorities occur until it becomes too much for her parents. Something must change.

I was genuinely bowled over by this book. I am so glad my friend sent me away with this, the sequel, and the movie. It was gorgeous, fulfilling, and honest. It was full of pride in country and in family. The story was raw and emotionally painful at times. But it was Marjane's story, and I am so thankful she told it so I could experience it.

I believe I have said before that my life has a wonderful way of connecting information in ways I could never predict. I picked this up during Hurricane Sandy, which happened just a couple of weeks after I saw the movie Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, which focused on the American hostages taken during this time at the American embassy in Tehran. Each of these pieces of art informed and enhanced each other.

Back to Persepolis. Many of you have probably read this, but you should pick it up again. Many of you have not yet read it, and you should get it for your upcoming holiday travel. Or you might want to pick it up to give as a gift this upcoming holiday season. Hint, hint.

 

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