I watched the film based on this book in my French class, and I loved it so I thought the book was worth a read. I was not disappointed. The film was very true to the book, so if you enjoyed one you will definitely enjoy the other.
First of all, I adore the main character Marjane. She's spunky, strong, kind of odd, and very loveable. Her relationship with her country and her family is done so realistically and genuinely. I am not a very political person, but this book was very accessible and I feel like I learned a lot about Iran without it reading like a history lesson. Also this book portrays its strong message and so beautifully-- the subject matter is very serious but the novel isn't always. It can be funny and sad and inspiring. This is without a doubt one of the most well executed graphic novels I've ever read. I will definitely be picking up the sequel, and I may even try getting a copy of this book in the original French just because reading it was such a treat.
This is a graphic-memoir of a teenaged girl growing up in Iran during the tumultous revolution. She explains Iranian culture and how it changed during the war and the precautions her and her loved ones had to take without ever talking down to the reader. An interesting and engaging story.
This is a graphic novel which is by no means similar to a comic book other than the illustrations. This book has to be experiencd.
It is the unbiasd story of war and politics in Iran, told through the voice of a child of priveledge. The illustrations engaged a different part of my brain and made for a long lasting impression.