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Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (edition 2005)

by Marjane Satrapi

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Title:Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return
Authors:Marjane Satrapi
Info:Pantheon (2005), Edition: Later printing, Paperback, 192 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:***1/2
Tags:graphic novel, autobiography, coming of age, feminism, history, Iran, Islam, Islamic Revolution, memoir, Middle East, non-fiction, religion, revolution, women

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This autobiographical graphic novel follows the author's life from age 14 to 18, when her parents sent her to Austria for an education and keep her safe from the uncertainties of the fundamentalist Iranian government of the early 1980s. In Europe, Marjane adopts Western ways. She has several boyfriends and meets intellectual friends but still feels the outsider. When she catches a boyfriend cheating on her, Marjane packs a bag and spends two months out on the street. After this rock-bottom fall, Marjane feels the need to return home in Iran. But it's a case of "you can't go home again"; Marjane feels hemmed in by government repression, her girlfriend's narrow attitudes, and her suffocating marriage. She divorces and moves to France. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
A graphic novel that recounts the authors high school years in Austria and her return to Iran. This book jumped around a lot more than the first Persepolis did. I found the parts about Iran and what life is like there to be much more interesting than the parts about how lost Marjane felt in Austria. It was also interesting to get an Iranian perspective on the Gulf War. I don't really like her drawing style and think the story could have been told just as well in a traditional book format. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
This book gives a good, basic summary of the recent history of Iran and a engaging perspective on life during the Islamic Revolution. The book has very likable characters, which makes all of that easy to understand. It was one of those books that I got really absorbed in, and when I put it down, I kept thinking of the characters, and wondered how they were doing. ( )
  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
I was surprised by the number of bad reviews for this. I thought it was great. If you're expecting a basic reiteration of the first book, then you'll be disappointed. The first book was captivating for somewhat different reasons. It told the story of the Islamic Revolution through a child's eyes. The way she saw and interpreted things through this perspective is understandably different from the perspective of the teenage/early 20s Marjane that we get in this book. And I'm not sure about you, but for me, reading from an angsty teenager's perspective is always going to be less fun. Unless you are also an angsty teenager and find the angst relatable.

Aside from that difference in tone and perspective, the subject matter is different. Rather than a first person account of the Revolution, this told the story of being removed from your home, your family, and your culture. This was about what it's like to be suddenly and unwillingly uprooted, with little in the ways of a support network. It was about the disappointment she felt when she realized Westernization wasn't all that she'd dreamed of and the helplessness she felt in watching, as an outsider, as her country fell back into war. Without this failed first expedition to Europe, her decision to leave the second time wouldn't have been as meaningful. And on top of that, it was about many of the ordinary experiences teenagers have - drinking, drugs, first loves, first heartbreaks, attempts at finding your identity, attempts at finding true friends. Those elements are regularly included in coming of age stories, so I'm not sure why people are up in arms that they'd make an appearance here - particularly given the traumatizing experiences the main character has been through.

So, I think as long as you realize it's going to be different from the first book, you'll still find it valuable. I thought it was an excellent follow up. ( )
  cattylj | Feb 28, 2015 |
Persepolis 2 took some time getting started but the story picked up once she was back in Iran. ( )
  pussreboots | Oct 6, 2014 |
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Unlike the first book, it’s disjointed, tawdry, and unfocused. The story of her young adulthood doesn’t demonstrate the insight that made the first book so special.
 
May Satrapi continue to blend the personal and the political to such extraordinary effect.
added by stephmo | editBoston Globe, Carlo Wolff (Sep 14, 2004)
 
Ultimately, Persepolis 2 provides another valuable window into an alien (yet all too human) way of life, but it's a far more difficult book than Persepolis. A child who lets her harsh environment interfere with her empathy for others is understandable and tragic, but an adult with the same problem borders on distressing solipsism.
 
Satrapi's voice is very much her own, and the way the clash between European and Middle Eastern culture has played out in her life makes for compelling reading. What her book lacks, though, is perspective on the cultural revolution in which she and her circle lived (and sometimes died).
added by stephmo | editSlate, Douglas Wolk (Sep 7, 2004)
 
Still, her rebellious stunts never undermine Satrapi's unconditional love for her troubled homeland—which, in these times of religious fervor and political gain, resonates all the more poignantly.
 

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Persepolis was originally published in 4 volumes. Some later editions, especially in the U.S., combined volumes 1-2 into one work Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood; volumes 3-4 were combined into Persepolis: The Story of a Return. Keep this in mind when combining/separating.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375714669, Paperback)

Picking up the thread where her debut memoir-in-comics concluded, Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return details Marjane Satrapi's experiences as a young Iranian woman cast abroad by political turmoil in her native country. Older, if not exactly wiser, Marjane reconciles her upbringing in war-shattered Tehran with new surroundings and friends in Austria. Whether living in the company of nuns or as the sole female in a house of eight gay men, she creates a niche for herself with friends and acquaintances who feel equally uneasy with their place in the world.

After a series of unfortunate choices and events leave her literally living in the street for three months, Marjane decides to return to her native Iran. Here, she is reunited with her family, whose liberalism and emphasis on Marjane's personal worth exert as strong an influence as the eye-popping wonders of Europe. Having grown accustomed to recreational drugs, partying, and dating, Marjane now dons a veil and adjusts to a society officially divided by gender and guided by fundamentalism. Emboldened by the example of her feisty grandmother, she tests the bounds of the morality enforced on the streets and in the classrooms. With a new appreciation for the political and spiritual struggles of her fellow Iranians, she comes to understand that "one person leaving her house while asking herself, 'is my veil in place?' no longer asks herself 'where is my freedom of speech?'"

Satrapi's starkly monochromatic drawing style and the keenly observed facial expressions of her characters provide the ideal graphic environment from which to appeal to our sympathies. Bereft of fine detail, this graphic novel guides the reader's attention instead toward a narrative rich with empathy. Don't be fooled by the glowering self-portrait of the author on the back flap; it’s nearly impossible to read Persepolis 2 without feeling warmth toward Marjane Satrapi. --Ryan Boudinot

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The great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists continues her description of growing up in Tehran--a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life.

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