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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.
Marjane Satrapi's work is wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed her illustrations and I loved the way she told her story through them. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amy North
Satrapi is an outstanding author. I highly recommend this book for a cultural read.Published 29 days ago by Black Lavender
I'll admit that it's been a few years since I've read Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. Okay... it's been a little over four years, but I remember being completely immersed in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Erin (The Hardcover Lover)
Had to read the first one for class, enjoyed it so much I had to get my hands on the second one. Loved it just as much.Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Cantillo
I have just finished Persepolis 2 and once again filled with admiration for this inspiring young writer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Annie