Graphic novels delight me, but I actually haven’t read very many. I of course read the Scott Pilgrim series (so good) — my boyfriend and I actually dressed as Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers one Halloween. I’ve also picked up a copy of Soppy for my SO (so cute). I haven’t tapped into the graphic novel genre much though, outside of those lovely lil’ texts.
One day over summer 2016, I was a-wanderin’ and stumbled across a neighbourhood library nook: one of those little cupboards built on a random corner, filled with book donations from neighbours and passersby. (TBH, I think I was walking my bike up a long and arduous hill because I cannot handle Vancouver’s sharp inclines.) In the wee nook was this copy of Embroideries, by Marjane Satrapi. While I haven’t read Persepolis, I have seen the movie. I loved the story, and the distinct illustration style of her work.
Embroideries is an exploration of sexuality in Iran, throughout several generations of women. It’s set in a gossipy afternoon between a group of ladies, and all their different experiences and perspectives. It’s a quick, fun, enjoyable read. The illustration style is sharp, high-contrast, and distinctly Satrapi. She plays with lines to create dynamic interactions in static illustrations. There is a sense of humour and play in both the dialogues and the drawings.
If you’re interested in Iranian culture, sexuality, or graphic novels, I would highly recommend Satrapi’s Embroideries. You can finish it in an evening, with a glass of red wine to pair.