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40 Things (28) – I am so unoriginal in these titles!

Cover of "Persepolis: The Story of a Chil...
Cover of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Following along with Boof’s 40 Day Challenge leading up to her 40th birthday

28) A book I loved but nobody else did

I often try to get my book club out of their comfort zone a bit, and one of those stretches was a graphic novel, “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi.  I loved this book, but others just kind of squinched their eyes at me.  I don’t know if it was the story or the graphic novel aspect, but I loved it.  (Summary from Goodreads below…)

#28 on my list was:  Get a new passport.

FAIL!  Yikes.  I really need to do this.  I’m not sure what the hold-up is, and I even picked up all the paperwork once, but I just need to do it.  I got my first passport in college and used it twice (England and South Korea) and unfortunately it has been more than 10 years since that first passport was issued.  *Sigh*

Goodreads Summary of Persepolis:  Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, 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. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love. 

Off to read!

40 Things (4)

Cover of "Persepolis"
Cover of Persepolis

Following along with Boof’s 40 Day Challenge leading up to her 40th birthday… her fourth question is:

4) A favourite translated book

Hmmm..  Not sure how many translated books I have read, but there have been a few.

I own and LOVED reading “My Life as a Dog” by Reidar Jonsson.  A Norwegian book whose movie adaptation won best foreign film in 1987, I believe.  I loved the movie and the book even more.  I have memories of riding on public transportation in Madison and literally laughing out loud and also having my heart break.

I really enjoyed “Persepolis,” by Marjane Satrapi and translated by Mattias Ripa.  A story about growing up in Iran.

I read an abridged version (shameful, I know) of “War and Peace” by Tolstoy and didn’t really enjoy that much.  It was a long hot summer and there are so many names …

I’m sure there are others, but “My Life as a Dog’ wins.  🙂

And on my list… my #4 was “Learn some Ukranian / Russian” and I failed miserably. Again, I listened to Russian podcasts and downloaded vocabulary sheets.  Not much stuck.  We had a foreign exchange student from the Ukraine so that was the motivation to attempt it.

Off to read!