I never thought I’d be saying this but, I love graphic novels. At least I like the ones I’ve read, French Milk, Britten and Brulightly and now Embroideries. Just like other books, each one is unique with it’s own plot, characters, and style of writing. Because they are graphic, the art work is unique too.
Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi was fun. This one felt like a comic book for grown women. Set in Iran, it’s the story of a group of multi-generational women who are sharing their lives after lunch. This is one of their favorite activities. As grandma says, “To speak behind other’s backs is the ventilator of the heart.”
The conversation is about other women and, it all revolves around men and sex. The words ribald humor fits this book so, if that bothers you, you may want to skip this one.
The women seem to have a wide variety of sexual experience or know others who do. They talk about how a woman can have her virginity restored. One woman tells a story of why it’s not so bad to be a mistress to a married man. There is the tale of how one woman escaped an arranged marriage and other tales as well.
The women’s conversation was both hilarious and interesting. It changed my idea of women I see dressed completely in black. I could easily identify with the author, her mother, grandmother, aunts, and friends. The women were loving and sophisticated. They drew me right in.
The drawings were simple black ink drawings. See a sample on the book-cover above. I especially liked the expressions on their faces. I didn’t have a problem reading the words that I did in the other two books. The printing was clear and easy to read. A good example of the genre.
My next graphic novel? I heard about a new one – action/adventure story coming from Janet Evanovich. This one is set to come out in a couple of months – after her next Stephanie Plum novel. I’m willing to give it a chance.