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Book Title: El suspiro|
Date of issue: 2011
ISBN 13: 9788467905021
The author of the book: Marjane Satrapi
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 511 KB
Edition: Norma Editorial
Read full description of the books El suspiro:★☆☆☆☆
Wow. I really didn't like this. I picked it up because the cover is beautiful and it's a short book. I bought this at a used book store, so I'm unsure if it is generally for younger audiences, but even that is still terrible.
This is the most instalove story I've read in a long time and the main genre I read is YA, so that is hard to do... if this is for kids, I get it. The story has to move along quickly so they don't get bored BUT SERIOUSLY IT'S WAY TOO WEIRD.
Just in case you want to read this, I'm going to spoil the whole book. But I strongly suggest you don't waste your time.
The premise of the book is that this girl named Rose is granted a wish by this phantom slash genie thing and it's great for a year, until she is taken away to live in a castle. So that's pretty weird. But life there is nice until she finds out that the reason she has to live in this castle is because the prince of the sighs (or something like that) has fallen in love with her, and couldn't stand to be apart from her. So he asked his little henchman (the genie thing) to take her away. And every night she would be given this tea that would put her to sleep. So one night she doesn't take it and she sees that the PRINCE COMES INTO HER ROOM AT MIDNIGHT AND WATCHES HER. AND THEN HE BEGINS TO STROKE HER HAIR. I'm sorry. But WTF! She is obviously not cool with this and she yells at him. And he tells her that he's fallen in love with her, and instead of being creeped out, SHE STAYS AND KISSES HIM. And I kid you not the next line after this was "Now they were officially in love." LIKE WTF!
Ok, now if that's not screwed up enough, she accidentally plucks a feather from under his arm and apparently that's the breath of life. So when she plucks it, he dies. And because she was so in love with this prince dude, she is sooooooo upset, she asks to become a slave. Because she feels so terrible. I'm sorry but wtf. She becomes a slave three times just so she can find a new feather that could be the breath of life and when she finally finds it, she takes it back to the prince and gives it to him and he wakes up and is alive once again. And there's all this happy love writing and the final line is: "Life hangs from so slender a thread. Life is but a sigh" THIS ENTIRE BOOK IS SET UP FOR THAT ONE, very stupid, LINE. Are you kidding me??? I read that shit, wasted my time, for that measly ending? WOW! Great!!!!!
There are probably other problems with this book that I cannot point out because I'm so done with it, but if I could give something a zero out of five I totally would do exactly this.
I'm really sorry for ranting, usually I'm much more put together, but this book really bugged me. I don't recommend this to any person that reads.
Read information about the authorMarjane Satrapi (Persian: مرجان ساتراپی) is an Iranian-born French contemporary graphic novellist, illustrator, animated film director, and children's book author. Apart from her native tongue Persian, she speaks English, Swedish, German, French and Italian.
Satrapi grew up in Tehran in a family which was involved with communist and socialist movements in Iran prior to the Iranian Revolution. She attended the Lycée Français there and witnessed, as a child, the growing suppression of civil liberties and the everyday-life consequences of Iranian politics, including the fall of the Shah, the early regime of Ruhollah Khomeini, and the first years of the Iran-Iraq War. She experienced an Iraqi air raid and Scud missile attacks on Tehran. According to Persepolis, one Scud hit the house next to hers, killing her friend and entire family.
Satrapi's family are of distant Iranian Azeri ancestry and are descendants of Nasser al-Din Shah, Shah of Persia from 1848 until 1896. Satrapi said that "But you have to know the kings of the Qajar dynasty, they had hundreds of wives. They made thousands of kids. If you multiply these kids by generation you have, I don't know, 10-15,000 princes [and princesses]. There's nothing extremely special about that." She added that due to this detail, most Iranian families would be, in the words of Simon Hattenstone of The Guardian, "blue blooded."
In 1983, at the age of 14 Satrapi was sent to Vienna, Austria by her parents in order to flee the Iranian regime. There she attended the Lycée Français de Vienne. According to her autobiographical graphic novel, Persepolis, she stayed in Vienna through her high school years, staying in friends' homes, but spent three months living on the streets. After an almost deadly bout of pneumonia, she returned to Iran. She studied Visual Communication, eventually obtaining a Master's Degree from Islamic Azad University in Tehran.
During this time, Satrapi went to numerous illegal parties hosted by her friends, where she met a man named Reza, a veteran of the Iran-Iraq War. She married him at the age of 21, but divorced roughly three years later. Satrapi then moved to Strasbourg, France.
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