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.
Persepolis II takes us from 1984 to 1994 in the continuing story of Marjane Satrapi's life.
Marjane Satrapi has an interesting life story to tell, and she does it very well here in the under-appreciated graphic strip format.
The plot ended without a point, and the moralistic conclusions the main character drew at the end left me confused.
This author is so inspiring, and I love reading about her story in this medium!Published 28 days 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 1 month 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 3 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 4 months ago by working stiff
Tells the story of an intelligent but alienated young women who spent her teen years in exile from her home country of Iran and turned to rebellion and drugs, but upon her return... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Laura Brose
I loved both of these books. It was thrilling to see how Satrapi captured so much beyond the written word with her illustrations.Published 5 months ago by Jody Jenkins
Not quite as much pointed substance as the first one, but still just as fantastically rendered and a cynically funny look at the triumphs and foibles of the human character.Published 5 months ago by contagiousjeff