Mini review: Persepolis

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

From Goodreads

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.


I loved this book a lot. And because I love it a lot, I don’t have a ton to say other than that I loved it. So this is my mini bulleted review.

  • I really liked the comic book format and thought it really worked. The art style was really nice and it was very aesthetically pleasing.
  • I loved Satrapi, which is kind of weird to say because she’s a real person. But she was such a strong, fierce young girl and woman, and I really admired her.
  • The story was interesting and heartbreaking. I didn’t know much about the Islamic Revolution and I loved learning about it.

I don’t have anything bad to say about this book honestly. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

Thanks for reading! Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts!


13 thoughts on “Mini review: Persepolis

  1. I haven’t read this one, but it sounds similar to Maus. (Goodreads link) I really enjoyed that one as a Holocaust history lesson, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for this one, too.

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