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  • Posted December 7, 2013

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    After reading Maus, I was recommended to check out another nonfi

    After reading Maus, I was recommended to check out another nonfiction graphic novel set: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.  

    Persepolis is a set of 2 books, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood & Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return, that tell Marjane's story. 

    Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is about Marjane's life as a child growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.  It's complicated, dark at time, yet funny, too.  Marjane isn't a "perfect child" - she's real, hilarious, and outgoing.  Marjane experiences life being rich and free, with religious changes forcing girls into burkas and the lack of interaction with boys.

    Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return begins in 1984 when Marjane flees Iran to spend years in Vienna, without her family.  Marjane struggles with her identity, becoming a follower amongst her friends, and even dealing drugs a little bit at one point.  When her life becomes kind of hopeless, she ends up returning to Iran to be with her family, even though the rules are stifling her.  

    These graphic novels were easy to read and understand.  I feel like Marjane's story is relatable and also informative.  At times, I was confused about some of the history, but she tries to explain what happens when in a simple way.  

    I still think that the Maus books should be your first graphic novel experience, if you are new and want to try, but these are a great nonfiction second!

    Thanks for reading, 

    Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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