Book Review

Book Review: American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese
By Gene Luen Yang

My Edition:
Paperback, 233 pages
2006, Square Fish
ISBN: 9780312384487

“Three very different characters. One simple goal: to fit in.” Jin moves with his family and attends a new middle school where he’s the only Chinese-American student. He makes a few friends along the way, but just wants to be the All-American boy so he can date his dream girl. Danny is the All-American boy who struggles to fit in once his overly-stereotyped Chinese cousin, Chin-kee, comes to visit. The Monkey King has worked hard to master the art of kung fu, only to be laughed out of a party by all the other gods because he’s a monkey. Each character must find a way to work with the others to fix what their lives have become. 

I was very impressed with Boxers & Saints, so when I saw American Born Chinese at a used bookstore (last night) for only $5.00, I couldn’t pass it up!

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Book Review: So Much Satrapi!

I think it’s obvious from my recent posts that I’m a fan of Marjane Satrapi. I have now read all her books that I could get my hands on. Since these three are fairly short, I figured I’d put them all in one post.

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Book Review: Persepolis 2

Persepolis 2
By Marjane Satrapi

My Edition:
Paperback, 187 pages
2004, Pantheon
ISBN: 9780375714665

Persepolis 2 picks up where Persepolis left off. Here’s a blurb from Amazon: In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in Vienna. Once there, she faces the trials of adolescence far from her friends and family, and while she soon carves out a place for herself among a group of fellow outsiders, she continues to struggle for a sense of belonging. Finding that she misses her home more than she can stand, Marjane returns to Iran after graduation. Her difficult homecoming forces her to confront the changes both she and her country have undergone in her absence and her shame at what she perceives as her failure in Austria. Marjane allows her past to weigh heavily on her until she finds some like-minded friends, falls in love, and begins studying art at a university. However, the repression and state-sanctioned chauvinism eventually lead her to question whether she can have a future in Iran.

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Book Review: Persepolis

Persepolis
By Marjane Satrapi

My Edition:
Paperback, 153 pages
2003, Pantheon Books
ISBN: 9780375714573

Persepolis is a memoir turned graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi about her life growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq. From the back of the book: “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.”

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