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`Read Pdf ô Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return ⚶ InPersepolis, heralded by the Los Angeles Times as one of the freshest and most original memoirs of our day, Marjane Satrapi dazzled us with her heartrending memoir in comic strips about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution Here is the continuation of her fascinating story In , Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in Vienna Once there, she faces the trials of adolescence far from her friends and family, and while she soon carves out a place for herself among a group of fellow outsiders, she continues to struggle for a sense of belongingFinding that she misses her home than she can stand, Marjane returns to Iran after graduation Her difficult homecoming forces her to confront the changes both she and her country have undergone in her absence and her shame at what she perceives as her failure in Austria Marjane allows her past to weigh heavily on her until she finds some like minded friends, falls in love, and begins studying art at a university However, the repression and state sanctioned chauvinism eventually lead her to question whether she can have a future in IranAs funny and poignant as its predecessor, Persepolisis another clear eyed and searing condemnation of the human cost of fundamentalism In its depiction of the struggles of growing up here compounded by Marjane s status as an outsider both abroad and at home it is raw, honest, and incredibly illuminating The comics format, the dry humor, the frankness, the child adolescent young woman point of view all of them lessen a little the tragic history of Iran and its population. In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in Vienna This review contains spoilers.It s been so long since I ve had that feeling of wanting to read a story long into the night, but Persepolis brought it back.I felt this indescribable pull from the very first page and I just knew that this book was going to hold a special place in my heart Persepolis feel so personally important to me that I m stunned they didn t appear into my life until these past few In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in Vienna This review contains spoilers.It s been so long since I ve had that feeling of wanting to read a story long into the night, but Persepolis brought it back.I felt this indescribable pull from the very first page and I just knew that this book was going to hold a special place in my heart Persepolis feel so personally important to me that I m stunned they didn t appear into my life until these past few days.Everything featured within leaving, moving, coming of age, family relationships, motherly love was just captured so personally well I really, really missed Marji s family especially her mother at the start of this volume I kept hoping for her to talk about or with her mother.But the conversations she had with Julie were also pretty interesting to read about This book had surprisingly many laugh out loud moments when Marji started out in Vienna And the beauty of this story, for me, was that one moment you ll be laughing, and the next your laughter will turn to tears.For instance, when she finally got the message that her mother was coming to visit Watching Marjane grow and accumulate on her own was honestly both heartbreaking and heartwarming I m in tears again.The time she spent with her mother made me feel thatcloser to both of them The love they hold for each other punctured me deeply And it made her departure thatpainful From there we follow Marji s journey living and working on her own And we get introduced to great and not so great Markus characters along the way Svetlana was a great surprise.But Markus seriously, how insensitive can one person be I was so angry when he had the nerve to say, it s not what you think And everything that went on afterwards left me speechless from sleeping on the streets of cold wintery Vienna, to returning to Iran and still feeling helpless, to not knowing how to share everything that went on during the 4 years she spent away from her family, and then the road to recovery.She went through so much in the span of four years, and it made me thatupset when people took advantage of her situation.But Marjane allows her past to weigh heavily on her until she finds some like minded friends, falls in love, and begins studying art at a university.At her university Marji said the following that s been on my mind ever since I loved this volumeboth because I saw Marji coming of age and also because Persepolis depiction of the struggles of growing up was raw, honest, and incredibly illuminating This book opened up my eyes and gave me a new perspective, and I am now forever grateful And then all too soon the storyline came to an end and I was left with eyes full of tears both happy and sad It was brilliant, poignant, memorable and just utterly fascinatingNote I m anAffiliate If you re interested in buying Persepolis 2, just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commissionThis review andcan be found on my blog Persepolis is the Greek name for the ancient city of Parsa, located seventy miles northeast of Shiraz in present day Iran because I had been wondering about that.Alright, the second half of this story 3 4 is less about the revolution, andabout a young woman growing up, and discovering herself along the way Yes, it s a fish out water story, but most stories are when you re talking about that period of time between teenager and adult.Satrapi has an extra layer of awkwardness, becau Persepolis is the Greek name for the ancient city of Parsa, located seventy miles northeast of Shiraz in present day Iran because I had been wondering about that.Alright, the second half of this story 3 4 is less about the revolution, andabout a young woman growing up, and discovering herself along the way Yes, it s a fish out water story, but most stories are when you re talking about that period of time between teenager and adult.Satrapi has an extra layer of awkwardness, because she s alone in a foreign country during this time Plus, the upheaval that happened in her country during her childhood gave her a different outlook on things than most of the children teenagers in her boarding school Bottom line, though Everyone wants to fit in at that age.So, she does what we all did during that time of our life.She experiments, she rebels, falls in love, gets her heart broken, gets her pride crushed, loses herself, and then makes her way home.Unfortunately, Iran wasn t exactly the kind country that made it particularly easy to explore who you are or find yourself The blending of religious values with laws made it hard for her, and other young adults, to do the normal things that most of us take for granted as rites of passage And I m not saying the men in her country had it easy, but being a woman in such a repressed society Wow It s hard to believe that there are still places like this in the world Ok, while this was a really good story, it didn t quite move me as much as the first book Still, it s definitely worth reading And there were several things that surprised me about this one.The biggest shock was that this was not a sad story.I thought it would end with bloodshed or something Nope There s no Happily Ever After, but it leaves you satisfied.Also, Marjane s parents were pretty awesome I don t want to spoil anything for those of you who haven t read this, but when I grow up, I want to be like those guys I hope I have the guts to let my kids be themselves and make their own mistakes I don t think you need to be a woman to get this book, either I think anyone can read this and find something of themselves in Satrapi s story, because it s about finding out who you are, and then being true to yourself.Even when it s not easy This 2nd volume of Setrapi s autobiography is a bitpersonal It covers her failure to adjust to life in Austria and her return to Iran, her struggle to readjust, her short marriage and it finishes with her decision to return to Europe, this time to France where she will remain.