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Embroideries (Pantheon Graphic Novels) Paperback – April 18, 2006
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The book's primary strength is Satrapi's relentless honesty in reporting what she sees. Weakness of characters as well as strength is portrayed. What is essentially a book of feminine sisterhood across generations also highlights personal fraility.
That said, the brevity and shallowness of topic make this significantly less moving and worthy than either Persepolis novel.
So I was disappointed by this comparatively shallow book. It read like an Iranian Cosmo - lots of light, fun tidbits but no truly compelling stories or insights that stood out, or that I can even remember the day after finishing it. The stories weren't connected in any way that gave them depth, and individually they had the feel of overhearing some gossip on the bus about someone you don't know - mildly interesting but nothing to think about after it is over.
It is a great way to entertain yourself on a rainy afternoon, and the author's illustrations are quirky and expressive as usual, but don't expect to want to press this book on your friends and relatives after reading it, the way I think many of us did with Persepolis.
The idea behind "embroideries" has appeared in literature many times. A women gathering over a certain deed such as a quilting circle, baking of food or discussion of Jane Austen books, while pouring out their souls on womanly matters. In this story the gathering is around special cups of tea, brewed for at least half an hour. Satrapi however does not beat around the bush. The women move directly to Sex - the number 1 issue. Sex is a whole world of culture, politics and families. The stories are funny, sad and enraging. All feelings capsuled in short harsh hand strokes.
Just like the reading experience of Persepolis, in this story too the most striking and amazing things are told off hand.
Satrapi talks about her beloved grandmother and in the same breath tells us she was addicted to Opium. This is told as such an "everyday" fact that as you go along, you tend to accept it.
The name Embroideries first brings to mind the very womanly act of embroiding. As you read along you understand that this word has another meaning from a totally different realm. I believe that embroideries is also meant to be the "decorations" of life.
My only criticism of this book would be its length. The story is read in one sitting and definitely left me with a feeling of "not enough".Read more ›
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I ordered this book for a friend's birthday as she is a huge fan of Marjane Satrapi. When the book arrived I think I read it at least 3 times before gifting it to her! Read morePublished 9 days ago by Rivallegs
Enjoyable read, only con is that it was over to fast, I was able to read it in one sitting, Someone hoping for something similar to Persepolis would probably be disappointed, the... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Leslie Anne
amazing work from the author once again although nothing beats Persepolis.Published 25 days ago by Arjun Jain
Beautiful. If you liked her previous graphic novels, you will like this one.Published 2 months ago by Toni Liechty
Pretty hilarious! I had good laughs while reading this for my fem studies course.Published 3 months ago by Sephirah
I enjoyed the book, as I did with all Marjane's books. I wish it had a little more material to it thought. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jen Valadez
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 6 months ago by saffron
A bunch of funny, insightful, and feisty Iranian women share their stories of love, sex, and marriage. Read morePublished 8 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 11 months ago by Molly