Friday, May 22, 2015

Persepolis II by Marjane Satrapi

by Nick Khavandgar

Persepolis II
, the sequel to Persepolis, a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, tells the tale of her childhood in revolutionary Iran and follows the beginning of her new life in Europe. The reader goes along with Marjane throughout her experiences and watches her change, grow and develop. From going to a shy and introverted girl to a crazy teenager, to eventually a wife, the reader feels as if they know Marjane personally by being there every step of the way. 

High school students in particular can get a lot out of this book because watching Marjane mature in age but not necessarily in terms of her attitude can serve as a lesson to kids who are starting to think about the life they want to live and who they want to be. Marjane makes some rash decisions for the sake of feeling self-sufficient, so the reader can learn from this before they make some of the same mistakes that she did. After all, she is just a kid going through life's journey, and in this sense the reader is easily able to identify with her.

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