The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the novel "Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return" by Marjane Satrapi. Specifically it will express my reaction to the reading. Just as with the first graphic novel by Satrapi, I had trouble with this book and its flat, one-dimensional drawings. I disliked them so much that I stopped reading and read reviews of this graphic novel, finding reviewers who found the author a "gifted" artist as well as writer. Perhaps I am missing something, but I find her drawings weak, flat, and unemotional, for me they detract from the book, rather than add to its depth and significance.
As the author grew up and went away to school in Europe, it seemed as if her story might become more compelling than the original book, and I was right, I did seem to like the story of this book more than the previous one. I found it hard to relate to many of her experiences, such as the partying and drugs, because it seemed to shore up my initial reaction that she was privileged and more than a little spoiled. However, I understood her fears, and her worries about her body and her loneline
I grew up in Georgia (Europe) in the 1990s, and there were very hard times there, but it was home, and I had friends there. ss, and when she ended up living on the streets, I really could identify with her and her troubles. I was glad she got her degree and wasn't forced to marry someone her parents chose for her, but her life didn't end up that happy, it seems, and she no longer lives in Iran, she lives and works in France, and even writes in French, now. It is emotional and moving at points, but the drawings just don't seem to capture that for me, and my dislike of them may have gotten in the way of the total impact of this book. I felt more on a level playing field with her this time, and I felt more close to her and her problems than I did in the other book. She begins to question her life and wearing the veil and all the things that young women question, and she rebels, which makes sense; I think I would rebel in that situation, too. I think I sympathized with her more in this book, because she didn't talk to the reader like they were a child. All in all, I did like this book better than the first, and I will probably read the next one just to see where her life leads, and I will definitely view the film, even though it is going to be animated, and that does not interest me as much as a film based on her life would interest me. She was alone; too, at least I had my family with me. I could feel her pain in this part of the book, I could understand her fear and her depression, and it made me more empathetic to her and her problems. I had to make new friends, go to a new school, and leave my old life behind, and it was very hard. She risks everything though, for illegal parties and talking back to an official, and it seems that she is fairly reckless and carefree at a time when that isn't appropriate or even healthy. After a while, it got better, but I could certainly relate to Satrapi's experience in Vienna. My family had to move to Moscow to try to find a better life, and I had to leave everything I knew behind.