After a series of unfortunate choices and events leave her literally living in the street for three months, Marjane decides to return to her native Iran. Here, she is reunited with her family, whose liberalism and emphasis on Marjane's personal worth exert as strong an influence as the eye-popping wonders of Europe. Having grown accustomed to recreational drugs, partying, and dating, Marjane now dons a veil and adjusts to a society officially divided by gender and guided by fundamentalism. Emboldened by the example of her feisty grandmother, she tests the bounds of the morality enforced on the streets and in the classrooms. With a new appreciation for the political and spiritual struggles of her fellow Iranians, she comes to understand that "one person leaving her house while asking herself, 'is my veil in place?' no longer asks herself 'where is my freedom of speech?'"
Satrapi's starkly monochromatic drawing style and the keenly observed facial expressions of her characters provide the ideal graphic environment from which to appeal to our sympathies. Bereft of fine detail, this graphic novel guides the reader's attention instead toward a narrative rich with empathy. Don't be fooled by the glowering self-portrait of the author on the back flap; its nearly impossible to read Persepolis 2 without feeling warmth toward Marjane Satrapi. --Ryan Boudinot --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This author is so inspiring, and I love reading about her story in this medium!Published 4 months ago by Rackliffe Reader
A fantastic conclusion to the Persepolis memoir, Satrapi wraps up her coming-of-age tale with all the expert craftsmanship of the first collection. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Suyo
The second in a two-part series, Persepolis 2 begins in Austria. It's 1984 and Marjane finds that life in secular Europe is not as wonderful as she had hoped. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Annette Lamb
Of the 4 Satrapi Books I have read these two are by far her best. They truly should be read together. Read morePublished 7 months ago by working stiff