by Marjane Satrapi
Published by Pantheon
Amazing. Simply amazing. The writing is amazing. The message is amazing (and very timely). The drawing, while simple, is amazing and amazing in it's simplicity. This autobiography told in comic book form, tells the story of Marjane or Marji, from the age of 10 to 14 and what is was like growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution and the Iran-Iraq war. Told with an open honesty that is to be admired, Satrapi combines the normal rebelliousness and, at times, closemindedness of a teenager with the horrors of war. I feel ashamed to realize that the things she and her country where going through were something I was all by oblivious too, which I blame on my school and my families desire to shield me from such things. I feel all the more enriched by meeting Marjane and learning things everyone should know in this day and age, what will all the things going on in the Middle East. "This is a graphic novel of immense power and importance for Westerners of all ages.*" Can't wait to read Perseplis II.
*Susan H. Woodcock, Fairfax County Public Library, Chantilly, VA via Amazon.com