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Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

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Volume two of Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel.

Picking up the thread where herdebut memoir-in-comicsconcluded,Persepolis 2: The Story of a Returndetails Marjane Satrapi's experiences as a young Iranian woman cast abroad by political turmoil in her native country. Older, if not exactly wiser, … see full wiki

Author: Marjane Satrapi
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Autobiography
Publisher: Pantheon
1 review about Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

The Charm Wears Thin

  • Jun 6, 2008
The first novel in this series succeeded because its childlike graphics and gee-whiz storytelling matched perfectly with this subject matter. We could imagine the infant/child author telling her story in exactly these terms.
This sequel fails because the issues of growing up and dealing with the disillusionment with one's own culture are much more subtle. The story and the graphics remind us constantly of the nuances that are left out, of the issues of women's rights and humanity that are sentimentalized, of the real conflicts that this child/woman is undergoing that are completely unexplored.
There are a few quibbles to be explored: the view of vienna is odd and the little vignette of the narrator peeing standing up seems forced. But most importantly, the mismatch between the story and the way in which it is told ends up making for a read that turns boring quickly.

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