Posted on 15 September 2011.
Holy hell. this post has been a long time in the making. I’ve just been so bloody busy with stuff that I’ve not had a chance to come up for air.
I actually read Persepolis while on holiday in Cape Verde on the first week in July, but when I got home I had a few projects on the go with my business that have pretty much dominated my life for the last 2/3 weeks. It’s only in the last few days that I’ve started to feel like I can afford to mess about with my time.
So here I am, ‘ramping down’ from my projects (hate that term) and I’m able to bash out some words on the old bloggedy.
I had a great time at Cape Verde, thank you for not caring. Check out some of my photos. Sat about the pool all day and ate and drank far too much.
While there I read the book in question but also read part two and half of part three of the Hunger Games trilogy. get inabootit if you can. amazing books.
Persepolis was a very quick read. It’s actually a graphic novel. just black and white slates. But don’t let this fool you. this book never made number two in the Times top 100 books of the naughties for nothing.
Within the monochrome pictures we are given a historical look into the plight of an Iranian woman through the different stages of her life. Dealing with the tyranny of a government beset on keeping its people, and especially the woman, under the grip of Islamic Law. having to cope with Iran’s War against it’s neighbour Iraq and, worst of all, dealing with the strange and wonderful enigma that is the Muslim male.
In many respects this book is a carbon copy of a previous book in my project Reading Lolita in Tehran, but the way they approach the same topics couldn’t be further apart. I enjoyed how this book takes such a serious and terrifying subject and shows it in a light comic book style.
After reading the book I watched the movie adaptation which, basically, takes the slates and gives them movement. But somehow I didn’t feel like the movie had the same impact as the book. I would recommend the book over the movie any day.
Next up is that last in my project. The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I’ve still not started it yet as I pretty much haven’t touched a book since coming back from holiday but with any luck I’ll be finished this project very soon!
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