Book 167: "The Complete Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi
This graphic novel series has been on almost every best graphic novels list I've seen in the last few years. I've been meaning to read it for a long time. I'm really glad that I finally did.
Persepolis is an autobiographical story that covers what it was like to grow up through the Islamic Revolution of Iran. It tells her story of watching her country go from modern nation to an extremist Theocracy. Beyond that, it is a classic coming-of- age tale covering a girl becoming a woman. What it's like to find yourself, to learn who you are through the trials of life, and finally come into your own.
The story was told flawlessly. I found it incredibly engaging and learned about a culture, I truthfully don't understand well. I learned the modern history (or at least a little more of it) of a part of the world we in the west (myself included) often stop studying after the fall of the Roman Empire. Now, I want to delve into the history even more. I want to learn as much as I can about the middle east and how it has become what it is. I want to hear this from the people who live there more than the people who are writing our history books.
This is a perfect book for our current time. It reminds an often hateful idea that those of the middle east are people. Individuals who should not be defined just by the actions of the government. People who were trapped between and multitude of bad choices for government leaders and are simply trying to survive or escape the current leaders in place. They rebel in their own ways, as safely as possible. Its a story that really brings the reality of the individuals that are facing discrimination to light.
A fantastic and powerful read. I highly recommend it.