by Marjane Satrapi

Reviewer Rating:


I think the author didn’t realize that the reason she found this story worth writing about was because it was about a family member and that nobody outside her family would be anywhere near as interested. The main character isn’t remotely likable (nor is anyone else, for that matter), and as a reader you just don’t care that he’s starving himself to death. Heartbreak? Loss of his beloved violin? Really? He was a self-indulgent fool. The one element of the story I enjoyed was the mythic “Death in Tehran” overtones--very dreamy and creepy. And Satrapi’s style is nice (I’ve loved some of her other work). But still, skip the book; watch the movie (first time I’m saying that)--at least with the movie you get magical cinematography.

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