January 15, 2006
Persepolis 2 begins where Persepolis ended, with Marjane Satrapi fourteen years old and living as an Iranian exile in Austria. The first book's simply drawn (yet subtly expressive) characters are repeated in this book as Satrapi first struggles with the life of a teenage expatriot, then the plight of being a woman (and artist) in a fundamentalist society when she returns to Iran at eighteen. Satrapi manages to capture the teenage years and the search for identity in this book. As good as the first volume, I enjoyed Persepolis 2 so much that I have already ordered the third book in this series, Embroideries.
My next book is Jonathan Safran Foer's novel, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.