As the visual medium excites me, graphic novels share a cozy, aromatic and mood-lit spot in my heart. That’s not to say that I haven’t the imagination to incorporate my own visions of circumstance from a narrative, but the artistry and dark contrasting lines of Marjane Satrapi’s images in The Complete Persepolis are like a secret key into a world I admittedly know little about. I don’t say this with a proud grin or a disdainful glower, but with an honest and mild expression. The truth is, I can’t wait to re-read this graphic memoir as it moved me in the way that ocean waves do, sometimes gently nudging and other times forcefully shoving into different depths.
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
An earnest, but honest depiction of Marjane Satrapi’s life as a young, rebellious girl and coming-of-age within the incredible and repressive nation of Iran “Persia”. This visual tonic explores the Iranian revolution in parallel to important markers of growth in Satrapi’s life; the destructive disparity between her and her families’ life behind doors and their public lives; the basic human struggle of falling to a low, sad place before finding yourself; the beautiful and emotional triumph of accepting yourself. There were moments while reading this book when I took pause to close the book and hug it, as I didn’t want the story to end. At times, I felt as though I was inside of Marjane’s skin, infuriated by others acceptance of mediocrity and humored by the commodities of art. This book has helped me re-examine what it means to live in the first world and have first-world problems. Dwelling in and finding a need to express the petty and inane aspects of our life restrain us and stunt our growth. Satrapi explores the turmoil she experienced when first discovering class differences. The importance of education was a theme throughout the book. Satrapi grew up in a time when there wasn’t access to the internet and yet she flourished by seeking out knowledge in books. Books, in many ways, were her refuge and greatest friend during the tumultuous times of her up-bringing; this was the most heartening aspect of the book for me.
As for edibles, tea, pasta and hot cocoa stuck out to me.
What is your take-away from The Complete Persepolis and what food or foods were brought to your mind while you read and experienced it? I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts and what you noshed on while reading, feel free to use the hash-tag #noshedinabook . Check out previous Noshed in a Book posts and join me in reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. And remember…bite responsibly!
Healthy and Happy Reading Regards,