The Complete Persepolis

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The Complete Persepolis

Post by Goddess of Gab » 03 Jan 2017, 16:07

This was the first graphic novel I ever read, and though I was hesitant, a trusted friend insisted I give it a chance. I'm glad she did.
The art style is simple, which again, gave me some ppause. I've never much been a fan of simpler art, but the story was well worth it, and the simple art style I must admit worked for the novel.
Marjane is a girl after my own heart, at one point trying the advice she hears from philosophers to humorous effect. She stays precocious and grows even more liberal as she ages and realizes just how much is at stake in her home country of Iran.
Overall, a great read, with political commentary that manages not to be so heavy it suffocates you. It certainly opened my mind to reading other graphic novels and i highly recommend it to anyone who is hesitant about the art form

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Post by Sparkletime » 18 Jan 2017, 20:51

I would definitely say Persepolis is a landmark comic book in many ways. There's a movie too, if you're up for it, I'd say it's worth while for fans of the comic book. If you want more political comics around the Middle East, Joe Sacco's Palestine as well as Footnotes in Gaza are great perspectives.
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Post by CarrieMe » 14 May 2017, 00:42

I sometimes have trouble reading graphic novels, but I've heard so much about this one that I really should give it a shot.
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Post by Sparkletime » 16 May 2017, 13:15

CarrieMe wrote:I sometimes have trouble reading graphic novels, but I've heard so much about this one that I really should give it a shot.
It's really great but there's also a pretty good movie version if you truly struggle with graphic novels. I love reading graphic novels but sometimes it's easier to watch the story animated than read.
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Post by Riki » 26 May 2017, 18:52

I had to read this graphic novel for my ENGL 2220 course, and it was such an eye-opening experience. The fact that The Complete Persepolis isn't just a graphic novel but a graphic memoir made me feel so connected to the characters. Just knowing that they are in fact real people brought such gravity to the situations young Marji had to face throughout her childhood. Spoiler Warning: I cried my eyes out when her Uncle Anoosh died, and then I remembered he was a real person who actually died so then I just cried more. I love that more comics and graphic novels are making their way into academia. If more colleges assigned material like this to students I believe we'd see a drastic shift in class participation.
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Post by Steph K » 15 Jun 2017, 08:45

This was also one of the first graphic novels I ever read. It opened my mind up to the genre. I plan to read Maus by Art Spiegelman soon.

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Post by Vscholz » 18 Aug 2018, 14:16

I often use the section about The Veil when I teach college composition. It is effective at giving students a different perspective on life and really comes in handy when explaining how we are literate in different ways. It is a good example of how our experiences shape our perceptions, and it isn't very long so students can get more information from less text.

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Post by Jillpillbooknerd » 20 Aug 2018, 11:10

I read the whole series earlier this year and I fell in love with it! It was one of the first graphic novels that I picked up and read. I had seen so many good reviews on it that I was really excited to read it. I also really loved Embroideries by the same author.

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