Persepolis 2. The Story of a Return

by Marjane Satrapi | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 0375422889 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Grumpy of St. Louis, Missouri USA on 2/15/2005
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12 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Grumpy from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Tuesday, February 15, 2005
The Wife and I both liked it but it scares the dickens out of me. And it makes me sad that people treat each other this way. A good followup.

Journal Entry 2 by Grumpy at Lotusflower77 in in the mail, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada on Tuesday, February 15, 2005

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Journal Entry 3 by Lotusflower77 from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Ever since I read Persepolis, I have been wanting to read the sequel. Thanks so much for sharing, Grumpy. I will pass it on or start a bookring for it once I have finished reading it.

Picture of the author, Marjane Satrapi.

Journal Entry 4 by Lotusflower77 from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, March 16, 2005
This book was so easy to read and yet it packed a punch! I have grown to enjoy illustrated novels; they are addictive.

The first volume of "Persepolis" ends with Marjane's departure for school in Europe. Persepolis 2 begins with Marjane being disappointed and let down by an old family friend who was supposed to take her in and look after her. It turns out that the friend wasn't so hospitable in person after all. While war rages at home, Marjane spends the 1980's quite lost, experimeting with things many teens experiment with when they lack parental guidance.

Finally, emotionally beaten, she returns to Iran. Marjane prefers life in restrictive Iran with her adoring parents and grandmother to freedom in the familial vacuum of the West.

A good read; I am hoping to organize a book ring or book ray for this book.

Please PM me if interested in participating.

Journal Entry 5 by Lotusflower77 from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Monday, March 21, 2005
Well, "Persepolis 2" is finally ready to embark on its journey! Thanks to all of you for participating!!

- Please journal when you receive and before sending it on, so we can track it at any given time and enjoy its travels.
- PM next person for address. (Check this journal entry for updates or changes)
- Try to keep it moving in a timely manner. Since it's a short read I would expect that no one keeps it longer than two weeks, maximum three.
- Hope you all enjoy this little bookring!

* caligula03 - California
* weeblet- Virginia
* daidy-Kansas
* PokPok-California
* debnance-Texas
* Amber101-Washington
* exploer1118m-New Jersey
* Beloved49-New York
* zugenia-Rhode Island
* cisco- California (?)
* BlossomU-Portugal
* Lotusflower77-Canada

I will be mailing the book out to caligula03, this morning, 21 March.

BlossomU, the last participant on our ring, can either keep the book, pass it on or wild release it.

Happy Reading, everyone!

Journal Entry 6 by caligula03 from Hayward, California USA on Monday, March 28, 2005
Book has arrived. Thank you.

Journal Entry 7 by caligula03 from Hayward, California USA on Saturday, April 16, 2005
Persepolis 2 took some time getting started but the story picked up once she was back in Iran.

Journal Entry 8 by caligula03 at on Saturday, April 16, 2005

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Mailing to weeblet.

Journal Entry 9 by weeblet from Jacksonville, Florida USA on Monday, May 30, 2005
i got this friday, read it, and enjoyed it quite a bit! it wasn't as good as the first, but i suppose that is to be expected. thank you so much for sharing :)
i'll mail next week!

**mailed 6/22**

Journal Entry 10 by PokPok from Vista, California USA on Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Rec'd today. Will have no problem reading and passing on within a couple weeks. Thanks for sharing, lotusflower..this one has been very popular.

And I simply *love* the label.

Journal Entry 11 by PokPok from Vista, California USA on Monday, July 18, 2005
I loved this book nearly as much as the original. She does an awesome job, with her simple black and white illustrations, telling her story. The graphics in particular of her time in Vienna, tripping, were well done. I also found the comments about when you worry about the length of your veil, etc., that you don't worry about things like freedom of expression. It was a fabulous followup. Does anyone know if there's a Part 3 on the way??

I have the address of the next participant, and I hope to get this in the mail sometime this week.

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Will mail out sometime this week.

Journal Entry 13 by debnance from Alvin, Texas USA on Monday, August 01, 2005
Book 2 arrived today. I'm fascinated with Iran and I can't wait to read this book.

Journal Entry 14 by debnance from Alvin, Texas USA on Wednesday, August 03, 2005
There's something a little preachy in the Persepolis books, but somehow the preachiness doesn't annoy me like it does in other books; it seems necessary. How can women live like this? Such a constrained life.

I see occasionally attempts to control people in the US that remind me of those used in Iran. Scary. And useless, I think.

Off today to the next reader. Amber101 asked to be skipped; she couldn't wait and went ahead and bought both 1 and 2.

Journal Entry 15 by explorer1118m from Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey USA on Thursday, August 11, 2005
I really loved the first book & was sure that this one couldn't live up to it. I was right, but not by much. I ripped throught the whole thing as soon as i received it. I plan to look for more works by this author. She seems able to do what few others can....write an interesting, fun book while being as real and grim as the real world sometimes is.

Whether or not it's the comic strip-like way she tells a story that let's her get away with it remains to be seen.

I'll be sending this out right away.

Journal Entry 16 by Beloved49 from Lynbrook, New York USA on Friday, September 02, 2005
Received this Ring book in mail 9/1/2005. Looking forward to finding out what has happened to Marjane. Thanks Lotusflower77 for starting this second ring. Beloved49

Journal Entry 17 by Beloved49 from Lynbrook, New York USA on Monday, September 05, 2005
This is a ring book. Part two and I enjoyed it very much. It is now on its way to BC'er zugenie in PA. Hope you like it. Happy reading, Beloved49

Journal Entry 18 by zugenia from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, September 28, 2005
This arrived safely today, and I'm halfway through it. It's wonderful so far -- I think anyone who enjoyed Persepolis as much as I did will not be disappointed.

Journal Entry 19 by zugenia from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Sunday, October 23, 2005
Like other readers, I enjoyed this book very much, but not quite as much as I did the first. I think the aesthetic simplicity was more effective combined with a child protagonist; once Marjane "grows up," she seems to lose something as a character. That's not to say, however, that she's not still engaging. I think anyone who liked Persepolis should read the continuing story.

On its way to cisco next.

Journal Entry 20 by cisco from El Granada, California USA on Sunday, December 04, 2005
Received this book yesterday - I've been waiting a while to get this! Thanks so much!
Will probably read it after the yearend holidays!

Journal Entry 21 by cisco from El Granada, California USA on Tuesday, January 03, 2006
I enjoyed this sequel even more than the first book. Satrapi's honesty strikes me as enormously courageous. I hope she continues to publish and would like to meet her someday. On to the next reader...

Journal Entry 22 by BlossomU on Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Just arrived, thanks so much! By coincidence I got the bookring of the first volume with me ( none of the next Bcers I should send it to is replying to messages!), book karma is pretty strange.

Journal Entry 23 by BlossomU on Thursday, February 02, 2006
Just read, and really could not put it aside, had to read it in one go. I am not sure this is worse ( or better) than the first volume, it´s definetely DIFFERENT. Strange that this edition does not follow the original French editions, volume 1 combines the first and second volume, this volume combines the original 3 and 4; but just the same it is nearly indistinguishable where each of those volumes end and start (with war being declared between volumes 1 and 2; with the return to Iran I guess on this one) but at the same time it is so distinguishable the difference between these american edition volumes.

What makes this volume different is that it is a coming of age story, it´s no longer about politics and memory, like all adolescences one must try to find oneself and it is painful indeed, even more so with exile and repression and war. Or maybe it is just that our childhood memories always look better being seen back through the lens of adolescence.

Anyway, really really good story, thanks so much Grumpy and lotusflower77 for sharing it like that. Lotusflower says for me to do as I wish with the book, I know a few local people around here who want to read it,


maybe mfa as well, after that not sure!

Journal Entry 24 by begmartins on Wednesday, February 08, 2006
ok, first of all thanks a lot BlossomU... and also thanks to Grumpy and lotusflower77.

I'm also not sure if this is better or worse than the first volume, but I guess I didn't find it all that different... ok, the first was a childhood story, and this is about a teenager growing up. but the political context is still very present and guiding the whole story, even in the part when she's in austria. perhaps the covered events aren't so dramatic, but it's still the same story... some historical events are nicely portrayed (the parts after she returns no iran, when she's speaking with her parents about the war...), and the whole thing seems to me more adult, even seems like she was more assured of her storytelling abilities.

perhaps even more than growing up, I guess this book is about a "clash of civilizations". the first part is about an iranian living in the west, while the second is about a western coming back to iran.

overall a great read, thanks a lot.

Journal Entry 25 by BlossomU on Tuesday, September 04, 2007
So far it has been read by tho as well, who returned it to me, I am thinking of a couple other I know who might like reading it, so it is probably leaving again soon.

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