Read “Persepolis” again this week. Some on Wednesday most of it today during a slow day at work.
It’s just a blockbuster book. One of those rare books that can change the way you look at the world. That you can see the story of the Iranian Revolution told through the eyes of a young woman in a liberal family.
Last week I talked about some of Marjane Satrapi’s other books in my blog. But, Persepolis is just groundbreaking. Honest, personal and a work of genius.
It joins Guy Delisle’s “Pyongyang” as two graphic novels that are in my top 10 books of all time.
It also lets me realize that as good as a year as 2012 as been for reading (and it’s been awesome) that 2011 was pretty amazing too in discovering Vonnegut including Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five (and a ton of others) and of course this classic graphic novel.
Graphic novels are still developing as a form and authors as diverse as Guy Delisle, Alan Moore, Marjane Satrapi, Joe Sacco and Chris Ware are going to shape what it becomes.
If you haven’t given graphic novels a try, or just found “Maus” too depressing (I still haven’t gotten far with it) try Persepolis. It’s great. And if you aren’t a reader see the fantastic movie **** that Satrapi co-directed.
Books make me happy.