The Wheel

The wheel is turning and you can't slow down,
you can't let go and you can't hold on,
you can't go back and you can't stand still,
if the thunder don't get you then the lightning will.

-Grateful Dead

6. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

by Marjane Satrapi

Satrapi is an Iranian and this is her autobiography in comic book form. Capturing her life from ages ten through fourteen in a country rought with uprisings, revolution and social turmoil. It is a forceful coming-of-age story. Amidst a world of turmoil and opression, Satrapi emerges. She tells of her family's everyday existence in touching, disarming detail while simultaneously illustrating the history of a short, violent period of Iran's history. The graphics are at once enlightening and very disturbing. Even the most terrible moments are conveyed with an unflinching matter-of-fact tone that seems to simply pass any appropriate angst on to the reader.

I picked this up from my cooperating teacher's desk while the students watched a movie clip and finished it by the end of the day. What a good read. I highly recommend it.

Apparently, Satrapi has written Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return. I'm certainly going to read it.

Kite Runner stuff

Hey, did you read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini? If so, this BBC News article might interest you. Why they would ban such and important sport is beyond me...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4800004.stm

If you haven't read this novel, I highly recommend it. I have a review in my archives.