Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Satrapi was a child during the Iranian Revolution, and the first half of Persepolis (note: I read the Complete Persepolis, which combines the two books) tells the story of her childhood under an increasingly oppressive regime. Although it is told in comic strip format, this is not a light-hearted story. In fact, the story gets increasingly darker as Satrapi moves into her teenage years.
I found the darkness of the panels to be reflective of the darkness of the story. And isn't it amazing how much emotion can be conveyed with a few brushes of a pen?
Persepolis has inspired me to hunt down and finally read Maus, another graphic novel that I've somehow avoided for many years. Thanks to Chris and Robin for hosting this challenge and expanding my reading horizons!