This slight follow-up to Satrapi's acclaimed Persepolis books explores the lives of Iranian women young and old. The book begins with Satrapi arriving for afternoon tea at her grandmother's house. There, her mother, aunt and their group of friends tell stories about their lives as women, and, more specifically, the men they've lived with and through. One woman tells a story about advising a friend on how to fake her virginity, a scheme that goes comically wrong. Another tells of escaping her life as a teenage bride of an army general. Satrapi's mother tells an anecdote of the author as a child; still others spin yarns of their sometimes glamorous, sometimes difficult, lives in Iran. The tales themselves are entertaining, though the folksiness and common themes of regret and elation feel familiar. Satrapi's artwork does nothing to elevate her source material; her straightforward b&w drawings simply illustrate the stories, rather than elucidating or adding meaning to them. Characters are hard to distinguish from each other, and Satrapi's depictions of gestures and expressions are severely limited, hampering any attempt at emotional resonance. This work, while charming at times, feels like an afterthought compared to Satrapi's more distinguished work on Persepolis and its sequel. (Apr.)
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Satrapi follows her acclaimed youth memoirs Persepolis (2003) and Persepolis 2 [BKL Ag 04] with some tales her grandmother, mother, aunts, and their bosom friends told her about sex and men--stories that are frank, funny, occasionally sad, and utterly credible. Thrice-married Grandma recalls the friend who took counsel on how to convince her husband she was still a virgin--with hilarious, wince-inducing results. Another woman confides that, despite her children (all daughters), "I've never seen or touched anything"--male, that is. Arranged marriages, a potion to bind a lover, cosmetic surgery, "embroidery"--by which is meant another means of "restoring" virginity--and more are revealed, assessed, and resolved, all within the context of a women-only tea-bibbing circle in which young Marji is cook (not brewer, she explains), decanter, and enthralled listener. In line with the book's aura of abandoned constraints, Satrapi dispenses with panel frames; she also elides most background detail; and those choices make the book less graphic-novelish than cartoonish a la, say, Jules Feiffer. The sparkling verbal content, however, triumphs. Ray Olson
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Kind of a fun and interesting window into the lives of Iranian women. Not really any plot to speak of. Really more of a glimpse. Love the drawings.Published 1 month ago by saffron
A bunch of funny, insightful, and feisty Iranian women share their stories of love, sex, and marriage. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jen42
Excellent excellent excellent. Purchase for yourself purchase for friends. I have actually not ready her other work that is so popular but plan to after having read this fantastic... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Molly
This graphic novel is one of my favorites. Marjane effortlessly pulls the reader in with conversation style drawings and beautiful storytelling. Read morePublished 8 months ago by olivia
I had to leave a rating to comment, but I thought it was unfair to give it 1 star and lower it's ratings. this book is one of a series of books purchased for my daughter. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marie Utah McNair
I loved this book. My girlfriend loved this book. It's awesome. Short and sweet. Like a kids book for adults. Her books, Persepolis, are a just have as well.Published 9 months ago by Peter
I really enjoyed this short graphic novel. Marjane Satrapi completely captures her reader with her interesting art style as well as her skill for addicting, dramatic gossip. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kayla