11 January 2009


Persepolis: The Story of a ChildhoodThis is the first graphic novel I've read and I thought it was excellent. The story was familiar, certainly- an upper-class Iranian girl's reactions to the revolution- but the method of telling it is what's important here. I'd like to think that graphic novels (this isn't exactly a novel though, since it's non-fiction; maybe a graphic memoir?) like this can open up new knowledge to people who might otherwise not have read anything about the Iranian revolution or a variety of other topics. I hope that many more like this are published.

Apparently most of my reading is about food or travel or cultures, so this one also counts for Melissa's challenge.


  1. Glad you liked it. Did you just read the first one, or did the copy you have have both Persepolis I and II? I agree with the form; this one wouldn't have been nearly as effective in a prose format.

  2. I just have the first one, but after reading your review, I put the second on hold.

  3. Did you see the film version yet? I enjoyed both. I'll have to get my hands on the second one.