Date Completed: 3/27/16
I embarked on this journey not knowing anything about this book. Sometimes I really like to just pick up a book blindly, not having read the back cover or heard anything about the book. This is due in part to the fact that I judge books by their covers. So my roommate had checked this book out the last time we went to the library and it was a short graphic novel, so I figured I could read it in a short sitting. I absolutely loved it. I like how Satrapi writes, with all of her family sitting around storytelling. I’ve not read Persepolis, although I watched the movie. This was a lovely trip through some family experiences related to marriage in Iran and family values, particularly how they affect women. This is a beautiful way to delve into women’s rights in the Middle East from the perspective of Middle Eastern women themselves, and I really respect how many of these women have different views surrounding sex, their bodies, and men. It’s a rich and full way to explore women’s rights, a way that tends not to be portrayed in media because people tend to push one side or the other, women being conservative and traditional or full-out radical, but this is not reality.
Marjane Satrapi, as I mentioned, is the author of the acclaimed graphic novel Persepolis, which I’ve heard wonderful things about. She was born in Iran, and besides being an artist and author, she is a filmmaker. You can read more about her here.