So today I finally finished reading through “Persepolis”. It is an autobiography of Marjane Satrapi as she grew up in Iran during the first Persian Gulf War. We see her grow up from the age of 13 to roughly 25, move between Iran and Austria, get married, move to France, and finally, at the end of the book, get divorced. The book is written as a comic, but with a clear narration from her the whole way through.
I have actually never read a comic book before, so this was a new experience for me. I was pleased that it read much faster than if it had been 341 pages of nothing but text. I also liked that there were tons of pictures on every page. Reading a comic reminded me of when I was her age, I would watch TV with only closed captions because my parents didn’t allow me to watch TV, (that was the only way I could do it without them hearing.) Ironically, that was my way of rebelling, and I was reading about her rebelling against her parents, country, and religion… So that was my strange way of making a connection with her as I read.
I thought it was interesting how pictures could change size, shape, and amount of time that lapsed between the frames, unlike a film. Some of this formatting seemed like it was simply so the text could fit in, but often it helped emphasize what was happening or being said. The one part that stood out to me most was a page where the pictures actually went from top down instead of left to right. I’m not sure why it was done that way because now the part I remember the most is of her trying to pee standing up and it running down her leg.
Overall I enjoyed the book, It was a fun way to get a bit of history. I wish other classes at college could have you learn information in the same way (by reading comics). I probably wouldn’t read it again, but if it comes out on Netflix to stream I’d definitely hit it up.