I've had this graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi on my TBR list for quite some time. Reading it became unavoidable, however, when my son began taking English 1010 at the local community college. Persepolis is the common book used by all the English 1010 classes; each instructor then creates his/her own course using this book in some way. For my son's class, the novel served as the only text, and all the projects and essays centered on various components of the novel.
I've learned a lot as my son progressed through the class. I didn't know much about the Islamic Revolution. "The Shah" was a word I heard now and then when I was a kid, but I had no real concept of what was going on. While I growing up playing kickball at Prospect Avenue school in upstate New York, Marjane Satrapi was the same age and being told she had to wear a veil and could no longer play with boys. While my parents were hoping my Dad got tenured, Marjane's parents were hoping they didn't get imprisoned and tortured. I am, again, struck with the blessings and ease of my simple life.
I have to say I love the format of the graphic novel. The stark black drawings communicate powerful feelings and expressions; it's a perfect medium for conveying the story of Satrapi's childhood. It's a quick read but the images have stuck with me vividly. The power of the written word paired with drawings is amazing.
I'm looking forward to reading Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return as soon as I can find it.