Archive for the 'Mainstream' Category

23
Apr
08

Marjane Satrapi: Persepolis

The intelligent and outspoken child of radical Marxists, and the great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor, Satrapi 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. This is a beautiful and intimate story full of tragedy and humor–raw, honest and incredibly illuminating.

Unforgettable is a good word to describe this book. Amazing would also be another good word to describe this book.

I don’t usually buy graphic novels. Pictures? Nah. I want words.

I picked it up purely because I’ve heard of her and the book, and now I want more.

The artwork matches the tone of the book, and despite it being a translation, I think Satrapi’s voice shines through, which is as much a compliment to the author as it is to the translator.

In some senses, Persepolis is a coming-of-age story, and it’s wonderful how you can ‘hear’ the author grow up. For me, this is what’s made Persepolis into a keeper book for me.

Persepolis rates 5 out of 5.

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10
Sep
06

Jeff Lindsay: Dearly Devoted Dexter

I totally loved this book, which is the follow-up to Darkly Dreaming Dexter, which I unfortunately haven’t read.

It’s written from Dexter Morgan’s point of view, and he’s a serial killer.

A sort-of good serial killer, if there’s such a thing.

In this book, someone’s onto him and in order to protect his secret, he’s had to stop killing. It is very darkly comical.

This rates 10 out of 10.

30
May
06

Tracy Quan: Confessions of a Manhattan Callgirl

For some reason I had expected this to be a more literary novel, despite the pink, chicklit-style cover.

It's a good read, and not a preachy one at all. You could believe that you're stealing a peek at a real callgirl's diary.

The ending didn't sit well with me. It seemed as though she was ending it in such a way that she'd have another book to write. 

I'll still be getting the next book though.