Sunday, April 14, 2019

Review: Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow like I said in my review of the first book of this set. I had seen the movie way way back and wanted to read this since then and now I can safely remove it from the list of my unread books hopefully I shall be able to reduce by TBR pile a little bit before this year is through. This book tells us Marjane's story of her life in Vienna and her ultimate return to Tehran, Iran and how she copes up with all this. This was an honest and heartbreaking memoir and to boot the illustrations are killer.

This was wonderful, having read the memoir I can only say that there are lot of similarities in the Iranian thought and Indian society. Like Not answering elders disrespectfully, Family values etc. Though rightly so Iran was far more westernized before the revolution.

This gave us a sneak peek behind the memories of a graphic artist who lived through the war and sometimes saw the war for the smokescreen it is and sometimes not. Sometimes she was the rebel other times she struggled.

But like all the great heroes it's also a story where our protagonist was able to grow beyond the norms and can afford to live the way she wanted to, granted it was possible only because of her family which was pretty liberal and had money too. But then again if her family was poor then her thoughts and life would have been completely different.

Yes everyone lives their own lives and despite wishing it no one has go ahead and live someone else's life. So yeah now I shall go ahead and try to watch the movie again to see the similarities with the book which would be plenty considering the movie adopted the graphic style of the book itself. Yeah do pick it either in this two parter set or the single issue one but do give it chance if somehow you missed it so far and then just Keep on Reading.

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