Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Countdown to ANNIHILATION!

As I mentioned yesterday, the end is nigh! The doomsday clock is ticking, and when the alarm sounds, it's the END OF COMICS CLASS!!!

Today we read the last chapter of Persepolis, and started watching the rest of the movie (we previously watched the first 23 minutes). There are two Persepolis books, Persepolis and Persepolis 2, and the movie adapts both of them. So the second half of the movie is material the students haven't seen before. We didn't have time to read the second book, but I'm glad they get to find out what happens next.

What happens next? Well, Persepolis is subtitled "The Story of a Childhood." Through the course of the book we watch Marjane grow up, from a cute little girl to an outspoken 14 year-old. At the end, [SPOILER WARNING!] Marjane's parents are worried she'll say or do something that will get her into serious trouble with the fundamentalist regime, so they send her to live in Austria. The book ends with her at the airport, leaving Iran.

The second book, "The Story of a Return," tells about her time in Austria, her teenage years, and, as you might guess from the title, her eventual return to Iran. So far the students seem to be enjoying part 2, since it's full of adolescent rebellion and poor choices. If you're at all curious about the books, but don't want to commit to reading them, you should watch the movie, because it's good in its own right. If you like that, there's plenty of material in the books that's not in the movie.

Tomorrow: we finish the movie! We review! We prepare for the inevitable END OF ALL THINGS!!!

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