Persepolis 2: The story of a return picks up the enthralling life journey of Satrapi, which is the next in series after Persepolis: The story of a childhood. Both the books are hugely acclaimed and marvelous documentation of Marjane’s life studded with her own illustrations – a distinct highlight of the graphic memoir. The amount of personalization and the connection she builds up with her audience is outstanding, you must read the first book to understand the connection with this second book. You may also read my review for the first part here.
This part of the story revolves around Marji’s life and how she tries hard to settle in the western world in an attempt of her parents to flee their child from war-stricken Iran during 1984, she was sent to Vienna, Austria for further studies. Her life changed and for good.
Getting astonished to see a fully stocked store, which she may not have seen in many years while in Iran. It also talks about the several cultural shocks she came across which were life-transforming for her. She became strong each day – mentally, physically, emotionally. With the pain of staying away from home, away from parents, trying to adjust to an unknown world, she learned many life lessons. Though it was also rewarding in many senses, when she found new friends, she started enjoying her life and slowly started to accept the change.
Another important aspect that this book touches upon is the Developmental stages of adolescence which shows the body was growing and changing, those growth spurts and metamorphosis are shown in adorable illustrations, in which words merely find a correct representation.
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (Pantheon Graphic Novels) Paperback – 2 August 2005 by Marjane Satrapi (Author)