Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fall Book Club: A Graphic Novel

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi is a memoir in graphic novel format (illustrated like a comic book). Through words and pictures, Satrapi invites us to experience her life as a child during the revolution in Iran in the 1980s. With the political unrest in Iran right now, this book will give readers a history lesson with a human touch.

Nancy Pearl (author of Book Lust) likens Persepolis to The Kite Runner and The Namesake for its portrayal of international family life and the challenges faced by those from conflicted regions.

The book, along with its sequel Persepolis 2, was made into an animated film in 2007. The film is available for viewing at the Library ( St. Paul Media Desk PN1995.9.B55 P477 2008).

Join us October 1 for the St. Kate's Book Club to discuss Persepolis. Check out the novel and reserve your spot in the Book Club by stopping by the Library and/or contacting the Book Club moderator Anika ( Open to students, faculty, staff, and alumnae.

1 comment:

  1. This book is really great. Ignore the prejudices surrounding the 'graphic novel' genre.

    Marjane is a precocious child who gets involved in many of the complex, grownup issues of the Iranian revolution. Humorously she preseveres, but oftentimes it is bittersweet.