09 July 2006

Persepolis I

I received Persepolis I & II for my birthday last fall and I can't believe I put off reading them this long. Marjane Satrapi's illustrations are smart - chunky, thick and meaningful without lots of extraneous details and doodling. In fact, the drawings allow YOU, the reader, the opportunity to read meaning into them instead of the other way around. Marji's a bit of a punk rocker, outspoken and intellectually curious - but this short tale is so heart-breaking that I need a little space before I tackle Persepolis II. I love this sequence about Marji's first cigarette...

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