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  Persepolis by Marjane Starpi

Review by: Ashley P.
California, Grade 10

At a young age, Marji was an intelligent well-rounded child in all aspects. Aside from attending school, Marji's parents encouraged her to read an endless amount of books in order to educate herself and to also have an intellectual conversation regarding religion, politics, and philosophy from time to time. This was done so that Marji would broaden her general knowledge, be open to new opinions/ideas and be willing to discard traditional beliefs. Early in the text Marji states, ''... as a family we were very modern and avant-garde.''(Satrapi, 6) Marji's parents wanted her to have an unbiased education, not belonging to a monastic living.

Persepolis touches on sensitive subjects throughout the book and gives some perspective. It is a book for all, adults and young adult like readers, for it is much more than what it appears to be. The comic layout softens the brutal story that is being told. The difficulty of being able to read this book is low, it's an easy read. The graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi demonstrates the complexity of life in Iran. Persepolis is a personal story, a coming of age story, and a story of war,highly recommended to those who have an interest in books like so.

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