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.
I liked this book. Read it.
Okay, okay, that's not a serious review, and I know it. This is one of those books where I'm having a hard time expressing myself - and I... Read more
I didn't find it quite as engrossing as the first, but I still enjoyed it very much. As some noted, I haven't seen any missing pages. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ian
I had to purchase this book for a college english class. Personally, I loved the book. I did not expect to, but I did. A great read.Published 1 month ago by Destiny
Having read and appreciated Persepolis, I was interested in learning about Marjane Satrapi’s later life, especially after she returned to Iran from abroad. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Julee Rudolf
My 18 ;yr old son read Persepolis in high school and wanted more so I bought the sequel and he loved that just as much. Read morePublished 3 months ago by 2old2care
After reading the first Persepolis novel, I was pleasantly surprised to find there was a sequel. I loved the first one so much that I really wanted to love this one as well. Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. Spangler
There is little I can say about these volumes that has not already been said, other than that they are moving, powerful, and stick with you.Published 5 months ago by T. G. Cline
This book (along with the first) is a must read for anyone who wants to understand more about the Iranian Revolution. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Randa
Persepolis - The Story of a Childhood was wonderful, I loved it. Persepolis 2 - sadly the book I received was missing alot of pages and had reprinted pages at the end. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sarah Discordia