A Reader's Diary

Monday, January 16, 2006

Book Buys and Review #1: Persepolis

"Where is human nature so weak as in a bookstore!"
~ Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Made a quick visit yesterday to a thrift store and bought a few books:
  • Hybrids by Robert J. Sawyer (science fiction, Book 3 of a trilogy that I've been reading)
  • The Secret Country by Pamela Dean (fantasy, Book 1 of a trilogy, looks interesting)
  • Pandemic by Daniel Kalla (a medical thriller about a new flu pandemic, published in 2005)

It may be a while before I get to them, though... They are a ways back in the queue. I've just started reading Margaret Atwood's new book The Penelopiad, part of the Myths series.

Today's review:

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (graphic novel; youth/teen; memoir)

Summary: A young woman tells of her life growing up in Iran during the Iranian Revolution, and of having to leave her country. Translated from the French original.

My thoughts: A very interesting story of true events; a real look at life inside Iran and during a revolution from a child's perspective. The wry humour contrasts sharply with violence and intense sadness. I look forward to reading the sequel (I may even try reading it in the original French), and would like to read other graphic novels like this.


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