The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Cover of "Persepolis"

Persepolis

I might have gone into this book with too-high expectations. Persepolis has won numerous awards, as has the film adaptation. That being said, I felt a little let down after reading it. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good story and an intriguing look behind the scenes of the Islamic Revolution in Iran as well as general Iranian culture. But Marji herself does not come across as a very sympathetic figure. I loved her ten year-old self in the beginning of the book, but by the middle, she had lost most of what made her so adorable and strong. I will grant that most of us go through the same thing during adolescence, but the fall did seem much more precipitous for Satrapi. Is she redeemed in the end? I won’t say here, but would love to hear other’s thoughts on the subject.

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V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

Excellent story and visuals. Hasn’t aged a bit, in fact, it may be more appropriate for these times in which we live than when it was written thirty years ago. Alan Moore and David Lloyd seem nothing less than omniprescient in their descriptions of a future society that has given all of their freedoms to a soulless government, especially regarding The Eye and The Ear. And it didn’t even take a nuclear war…

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English: Anonymous Español: Anonymous (Photo credit: Wikipedia)