Tough Like a Girl #40 – Persepolis

Last month was gritty in a superficial way. This month Lis and Nathaniel take a look at more sincere heavy material.

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3 responses to “Tough Like a Girl #40 – Persepolis

  1. Impressive pod cast. Most Impressive. Ah so this must have been in the 70 or earlier. Cause I remember the Iron Sheik also leaving Iran when the Aitolia took over. He had even won a gold metal in Iran and was a body guard for the Shaw, but quickly left when the guard changed and ended up training the USA team in wrestling. And latter becoming a pro wrestling heal. Acting like he hated this country….but in reality came to love his adopted country. So he to had to become a transplant from his home country because of well what happened.

    As for this…. well I bought the DVD of this for my Brother. Thought he’d share it and we’d watch it. The style reminded me of Anime style, So thought he might like it and I’d give it a shot. But, he just kind of tossed the DVD to the side. Wasn’t his thing. And I haven’t seen the DVD any ware since. I think I heard about the comic threw Wizard mag when that was a thing. Or it may have been CBR. I don’t remember. Been years. Got to much on my to read pile to look threw for now. Wait some one not living up to their political belief? LOL It’s so sweat ya’ll are surprised by that. Such Ozzy and Harriet like holism ness ya’ll have there.

    Still sounds like an interesting bio comic. I guess it is more of an indy style of art then Anime. But, at the time that came to mind. And was interesting seeing them go threw things. Some messed up thing, but it happened there at that time. Her Father having no beard kind of shows him oddly taking a chance. Though it’s not mentioned. Though her Mother protesting the scarf does show some of the stuff they had to go threw before escaping. Any way can’t wait to hear the next pod cast.

  2. Hi Lis and Nathaniel! Thank you for the gallery samples. There’s not a lot of biographical stories in my collection except for Maus, because of course you gotta have Maus! Still this gave me a vibe like that so I’m more intrigued than I expected. I may give it a try as a digital book sometime.

    Well, there’s ANOTHER one for the future reading list. Till next time, my punchers!

  3. It seems like you both have a pretty reserved impression of Persepolis, which is too bad. Personally, I quite liked it: I found it quite good as both a personal/autobiographical story and also as a historical snapshot into what it was like for a girl growing up in post-revolutionary Iran. Generally I like more lush and detailed art, but I found that Satrapi’s pared-down, almost ‘childish’ style really worked for this story.
    That said, I agree that it’s not something for children or adolescents – in fact, I was surprised when Lis said she found in the book in an eighth grade classroom. I wouldn’t recommend this for readers younger than about 16. The story is meant for adult readers, which, if it isn’t apparent from the book you reviewed, is very apparent in the second part.
    By the way, I’d also recommend two of Satrapi’s other books available in English, Embroideries and Chicken with Plums, which tell ‘smaller’ stories: the former basically involves an afternoon klatch of Satrapi’s female relatives (mother, grandmother, aunts, etc.) in which they talk about their lives, loves, sex, etc.; the latter is an examination of last few days in the life of Satrapi’s great uncle, set in Tehran in the late 1950s.

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