Archive for December, 2009

If you don’t understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.  ~Linda Sunshine

True , isn’t it. This is exactly how Courtney feels for her two elder sisters. Norah and Raine  are her older sisters who don’t see each other eye to eye . It been six years since they even saw each other. Now , when Courtney’s longtime boyfriend Lucas proposes to her , she feels the need to have the Cassel family rounded up for her engagement party.She wants to share her joy with her entire family including the prodigal daughter Raine who ruined Norah’s wedding , created a scene and made a decision that changed Courtney’s life for ever. Having them both together  under one roof will be a Herculean task but Courtney knows if she doesn’t try may be they will always be the dysfunctional family she has known all her life. Also may be she needs to get answers for a few questions of her own..

Being the youngest Courtney,  idolizes one ,while she respects the other but she knows bringing them together  is calling for a disaster. Also while taking this step ,she will let open a door to past that has the chance of sucking in her  entire present and wonderful future she has dreamt with Luke into a black hole. Is she ready for it ?

I loved the story. When I say I loved it . I mean it was absolutely great , wonderful, witty , charming , funny , frustratingly  unputdownable (is that a word ? ). Every one of has a known a Norah in our lives , obsessive , bossy , ‘I am always right’ kind,who is caring enough but makes sure you know that she is the one in charge. I can’t say we all would have a Raine among us because she was something different. She kept me guessing all through the book. She is the spontaneous kind.

Courtney’s the best written character in the book , she is an artist , a cello player with a great life and a  wonderful fiancé , but when she decides to invite her sister Raine , her  life starts to crumple in front of her  and if she doesn’t stand up for what she feels is right , she might lose more than she imagined . Megan Crane has written her so well that she comes out completely genuine even with  all her faults and silly mistakes she does along the way.

A book that needs to be read by all those who have a sister just to go back to that phase when you absolutely loathed each other and also by those who don’t have a sister , so that you know how it feels to have one 🙂

Highly Recommended

My Rating 5 out of 5

I am a crazy fan of Percy Jackson And Olympian Series and I am super excited about the movie releasing in Feb 2010 and I had to share this with you guys , so please bear with me. I am sure you watch it on TV all the time but I needed it here because I can watch it constantly to remind myself that it’s true that they finally made a movie out of the book..Yeah  🙂 and also because they have Pierce Brosnan as Chiron ( The guy could have been made handsome Poseidon or Zeus if you ask me )  ;)  Ok , enough of my rambling , go ahead enjoy the trailers ..

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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Posted: December 3, 2009 in Reviews
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Summary from Goodreads:

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

My Review:

I haven’t read many graphic novels. Just beginning to explore the genre , so I am not sure if there many memoirs in graphic format but I really liked the way this book turned out.

Marjane Satrapi gives us a close update on what happened to common people during the Revolution in Iran. She sees things changing in school , sees her friends  leaving Iran with their families never to return , sees how the gulf war changed all that people believed about humanity .

It is not preachy. It is the chronicle of her growing up years where she is forced to accept rigorous cultural restrictions in the name of religion . We meet her as a little girl who is very vocal about her opinion, about things around her, a trait she keeps for rest of her life.She is  so inquisitive that her parents have to explain things to her which would have been kept from children her age.We realize she is a rebel from the time she asks if can accompany her parents for the demonstration , she isn’t even 10 at that time. Through her we see how Iran changed , how people were forced to hide their beliefs , change their life style even change the way they thought , if they wanted to live or more importantly wanted to keep their families safe .

I was very impressed with the way , narration held my attention. This is definitely not the best book on Gulf War and the revolution but it is one book which should not be missed out. Satrapi’s Persepolis gives a personal touch to all those subjects ,that  the non fiction books just describe in third person.

Highly Recommended

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5