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Day 68: Something to preserve from the pages of treasure : 4 (Satrapi)


Book cover (1st one)
Book Title: Perepolis - The Story of a Childhood
Author : Marjane Satrapi 
Publisher: Pantheon Books (for the english, North American version)
Edition: 1st ed. (2004)
Genre:Graphic novel (autobiographical)
Status: Completed/Read
Where/How: Book store
Quote: From the book. I'm not exactly sure where it was mentioned as I do not have the book. What I remember about this quote is that it was said by the author's grandmother to her. 

"In life you'll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it's because they're stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance.....Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself." 

The Iran-Iraq feud and the way it shaped the entire nation and its people through the eyes of a little girl. Yes, that is what the book is all about. In literary terms it could be called a bildungsroman (or a coming-of-age). It is very rich and since it uses a comic angle, it makes even complex scenarios sound both 'readable' and deep enough. For a story set in a political backdrop, it was slightly little less explicit about the author's own ideology.There are two parts to this book and the one mentioned here is only the first part. The second part takes the readers through her journey post high-school and later. I hope to lay my hands on that soon enough. Don't miss your chance to read this one. 
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