“Bronchitis! Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

Cover of "The Complete Persepolis"

Cover of The Complete Persepolis

“Bronchitis! Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Is what Marji should have said as she sat there taking in the bad news from the doctor.

Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s humorous and dark memoir of her life growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.  It gives you Iranian history and a sense of what she went through three and a half decades ago. From a young age hearing her uncle’s war stories to the shores of the Caspian Sea with her grandmother. The story begins in 1980 when the Satrapi was

10 years old, and follows her through her own eyes as a young woman growing up in both Iran and Europe. You get to see her struggles for independence and finding herself as well through the heartaches and her rebel being. From a death of a family member, to a cheating boyfriend, and happily marriage couple that soon becomes a divorced one. The Complete Persepolis tales her family’s experiences during the final years of oppressed Iran, to her personal life experiences in Vienna, Austria.

Besides it being a mandatory reading, I would recommend Persepolis to my friends and teenage family. I enjoyed it so much that I took time to watch the film they made which had me laughing at the wee hours of the night during my memorial weekend.

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