The Story of a Childhood
Reviewed July 9, 2008.
Pantheon, New York, 2003. Orginally published in France in 2000. 153 pages.
Here is a biography told in comic book form. The story is absorbing, and the black and white illustrations convey much emotion.
Marjane Satrapi was ten years old in 1980 in Iran, when girls at her school were required to wear the veil. I love the picture of all the little girls horsing around with the veils they did not want to wear.
The book outlines a difficult period of upheaval, from her perspective as a girl just wanting to enjoy life. We see the rise and fall of political heroes as well as the rise and fall of the family’s hopes.
At the Fairfax County Library, the book is shelved as an adult biography, but it’s also recommended for older teens. There are some heavy themes of war and death and even bargaining with God.
This book holds a powerful story that will stick with you.