February 17th 2009 07:20 am

Persepolis

Again, it’s not that I haven’t been reading… I just haven’t been writing about reading.

This is a fabulous graphic novel that I received as a holiday gift. It’s an autobiographical story of Marjane Satrapi’s life in Iran and abroad during the Islamic Revolution. It’s refreshingly honest, and gives a clear glimpse of the Iranian culture both before and after Ayatollah Khomeini came to power. (The book is also the basis for the 2007 movie of the same name, which is now on my list of movies to see.)

I’ve never been a huge fan of graphic novels, but this book is so good it’s now on my short list of favorite biographies. I highly recommend it to everyone… especially anyone interested in a gaining a better understanding of Middle Eastern culture.

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