This book really helped to flesh out more of the details of Shi’a Islam for me, as well as many more of the details of how Shi’a Islam and the Islamic Revolution have affected the lives of ordinary Iranians. As compared to Khomeini’s Ghost, this book was far more personal and interested in exposing the lives of every day Iranians, with less of a focus on the political elite.
I usually have a hard time following history books – ironic, since I sometimes teach history! – and this was no exception, but if you normally enjoy history, it likely won’t be a problem for you.
I adore this book. The way that Satrapi has chosen to tell her story is such that you actually feel, in the beginning, as though you are witnessing the life of a child, even though she is recounting it in retrospect years later.
For the most part, I enjoyed the way that Nemat told her story, especially how she details the way she felt at different points in her life and this experience, and how things changed for her over time. Many of the hardships that she endured were re-told in such a way that you almost felt like you were there with her, inside her skin, experiencing the Islamic Revolution for yourself. You could feel the fear and uncertainty.