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Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

Embroideries (2005)

by Marjane Satrapi

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An enlightening look at the sex lives of Iranian women told in a graphic novel format. Marjane Satrapi, author of the bestselling graphic novel Persepolis, writes and illustrates her first graphic novel for adults and it is as intriguing as promised. Embroideries is told through Marjane's grandmother, neighbors, aunts, mother, and friends as they drink tea and set their sights on gossiping as soon as the men leave the room. Stories of heartbreak, laughter, injustice, and hopes are shared in this quick read. Secrets are discussed, lurid tales laughed at, and marriages analyzed. A quick wonderful read from a fantastic author. ( )
  ecataldi | Oct 13, 2016 |
Muy buena forma de tratar los asuntos "femeninos" en la cultura árabe. Ágil, con grandes dosis de humor pero tocando temas delicados que siguen sin resolver tanto en oriente como en occidente: derechos de la mujer, independencia, justicia... Para reflexionar ademas de pasar un buen rato. ( )
  naturaworld | Aug 12, 2016 |

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This book was absolutely HILARIOUS, I was practically giggling all the way through. The intimate look at the different stories of the private sex lives, relationships and marriages of Iranian women was just eye opening and utterly fascinating. One of the very first pages illustrates the grandmother's change of personality before and after she has had her morning cup of tea brewed with added burnt opium - it was just so funny. The tone of the book is warm, very supportive and gossipy as everybody has a story to tell about themselves or someone they know.

I felt really inspired by the gumption of some of the women who were narrating their personal experiences. Even though their lives were at times quite restricted, they each had found their own ways of challenging the status quo and changing their situations. There was a great mix of conservative viewpoints versus the modern and western ideas. There were some moments where the story being told was tragic and I had no idea what an 'embroidery' referred to but thanks to this book I now know. Horrifying.

An uplifting and hilarious read, this has become one of my all-time favourites. Highly recommend. ( )
  4everfanatical | Apr 29, 2016 |
A short little illustrated novel about the romantic lives of a circle of Iranian women. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Needless to say that Persepolis was something else entirely. This is just women talking about women affairs... It wasn't so exciting after all. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
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The characters are as flat as the art. With nine women telling stories and under 150 pages, there’s not much room for development beyond what they report about themselves.
...at no point does Marjane Satrapi feel compelled to spell out why she chose to turn this graphic gossipfest into a graphic novella - or how she wants us to respond to it. It speaks for itself and, to a large degree, to itself, and therein lies its subversive charm. But it is at the same time a daring and brilliantly calculated illumination of a secret space.

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From the best–selling author of Persepolis comes this gloriously entertaining and enlightening look into the sex lives of Iranian women. Embroideries gathers together Marjane’s tough–talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and neighbors for an afternoon of tea drinking and talking. Naturally, the subject turns to love, sex and the vagaries of men.

As the afternoon progresses, these vibrant women share their secrets, their regrets and their often outrageous stories about, among other things, how to fake one’s virginity, how to escape an arranged marriage, how to enjoy the miracles of plastic surgery and how to delight in being a mistress. By turns revealing and hilarious, these are stories about the lengths to which some women will go to find a man, keep a man or, most important, keep up appearances.

Full of surprises, this introduction to the private lives of some fascinating women, whose life stories and lovers will strike us as at once deeply familiar and profoundly different from our own, is sure to bring smiles of recognition to the faces of women everywhere—and to teach us all a thing or two.

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A collection of stories and anecdotes, told in the form of a graphic novel, reveals the love and sex lives of a group of women as revealed during an afternoon of conversation and tea-drinking.

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