One of the finest insights into the largely unknown and often misunderstood Iran, this first hand illustrated account of Satrapi growing up in a war torn country is a delightful blend of fine writing and beautiful illustrations.Written with the simplicity of a child who sees her country pass through difficult stages of civil unrest, uprising of an Islamic revolution and finally war. Her view of her country and her people evolves as she grows up into a disdainful teenager and the fettered world of a young woman in a very restrictive environment. Words are woven together with images with a skill that one is immediately pulled into her world, facing childhood problems, growing up angst, uncertainty, feeling of having betrayed her identity and her country. This book provides a unique look inside a country usually regarded as hostile and the picture it provides reminds us suddenly that it is a nation of people quite like the rest of us. It transforms those unknown monsters into people who are victims themselves and your heart goes out to them.
But do not expect a 'poor me' account of a war torn nation. The often grim story is told in a light hearted manner with a remarkable sense of humour providing much needed relief. A must read.