I rarely read graphic novels, but the buzz about this got me (and I love the artwork style too, so that helped.)
Satrapi's stated goal for this story about her childhood in Iran is to humanize the country and the people - to create awareness that Iran is not only a country of religious fundamentalists.
However, after reading it, I took away the impression that things there were worse than I had realized, not better. It is definitely an illuminating book, but don't read it expecting it to be cute and funny. Rather, it's emotionally wrenching and frequently tragic. It's also very good however, and Satrapi doesn't shy away from showing us her own flaws or the ironies involved in that she did come from a very privileged family.
An interesting graphic novel about the author's childhood in Revolutionary Iran, the black and white illustrations show a depth of emotion and experience. Read the second one too and Embroideries about several generations of Iranian women.
I really loved this graphic novel; it's a quick read but offers so much to the reader. I learned a lot going on a country that I barely knew anything about, but Satrapi gains your sympathy as well. Well written and fine illustrations.
This is a tremendously funny and heartbreaking graphic novel. A must-read!
Beautiful and artistic graphic novel. This look at life in tehran is so interesting. I really enjoyed this book, although I don't usually get into graphic novels. This is definetly no mere comic book!