A friend of mine got me Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi to read, because she said I often reminded her of a character from a graphic novel. I’m not usually a fan of graphic novels, but once I picked Persepolis up, I was sold.
This isn’t going to be a review of the book – I pretty much hate book reviews because they are mostly spoilers – I consider any information I would read beyond the first page a spoiler, but this book had me laughing out loud whilst I read it before bed, and at one point also sobbing into my pillow. It’s a very beautiful book because it’s honest and raw.
I’ve never had any form of understanding on Iran before. My only knowledge of Iran was limited to when a girlfriend of mine went to Iran and told me she came back from the holiday thinking Iranians were the nicest people on the world, and that they’re also one of the most misunderstood people on the planet. Reading Persepolis, it opened my eyes to how similar any girl growing up in any part of the world is. It really doesn’t matter what we wear or what culture we come from. If you’re a child, you laugh over the smallest things, despite a Revolution going on. What I learned from the book is that war is a terrible thing, but the human spirit is really strong and can find joy in everyday things.
Everyone should read Persepolis. I haven’t watched the movie, but I’m planning to watch it soon and thoroughly enjoy it!