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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
“Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.
Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family.”
I read Persepolis a couple of months ago, and it completely blew me away. As someone who wasn’t familiar with Iranian culture and history, this graphic novel was an eye-opening experience into a country whose issues have been brushed aside because they are unglamorous or uncomfortable. It’s interesting how vastly different two Islamic societies can be. I have lived most of my life in Pakistan which is basically an Islamic country, but vastly different from Iran. Persepolis is tragic and memorable, and a book that everyone needs to read because it is true.
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
“Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for again.”
I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about this series, and although I’d like to read her other series first, I have to be honest and say that this one just intrigues me more. A kick-ass Asian character who fights with a katana? That just sounds freaking awesome.
Tell The Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta
“Chief Inspector Bish Ortley of the London Met, divorced and still grieving the death of his son, has been drowning his anger in Scotch. Something has to give, and he’s no sooner suspended from the force than a busload of British students is subject to a deadly bomb attack across the Channel. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board.
Also on the bus is Violette LeBrac. Raised in Australia, Violette has a troubled background. Thirteen years ago her grandfather bombed a London supermarket, killing dozens of people. Her mother, Noor, is serving a life sentence in connection with the incident. But before Violette’s part in the French tragedy can be established, she disappears. Bish, who was involved in Noor LeBrac’s arrest, is now compelled to question everything that happened back then. And the more he delves into the lives of the family he helped put away, the more he realises that truth wears many colours.”
I think Melina Marchetta is one of the most talented authors out there. Although I’ve only read one of her books, it’s one that has stayed with me. I believe this book has a lesbian character, and Muslim main characters who are part-Egyptian. I’m looking forward to a story where people of color aren’t treated as “other,” where their stories are integrated seamlessly into the narrative. Also, I love thrillers.
This book has been released in the UK and Australia, releases on October 11th in the US
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