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In the tradition of graphic memoirs such as Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, comes the story of a young Iranian woman’s struggles with growing up under Shiite Law, her journey into adulthood, and the daughter whom she had to leave behind when she left Iran....

Title : Nylon Road: A Graphic Memoir of Coming of Age in Iran
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ISBN : 9780312532864
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Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Nylon Road: A Graphic Memoir of Coming of Age in Iran Reviews

  • Melissa
    2019-01-21 11:51

    Bashi tells the story of her life by using the slightly schizophrenic plot device of being approached in the present by various "selves" from other points in time. It's ultimately more confusing than anything and gave me no real sense of who she is today. And as her life experiences are so like those of Marjane Satrapi's, yet somehow not as interesting, I wonder what Bashi thought she could add to the dialogue of growing up as a girl in Iran. I'm not trying to look down on her life or anything, of course her experiences are to her worth as much as my own life is to me & it's valid that she chose to write a book about them. I've just been there & I've done it already.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-02-07 16:33

    This is a compelling memoir about growing up in Iran under its oppressive theocratic regime. It's impossible to not compare this book to Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, and Nylon Road does suffer in comparison but it is a perspective unique from Satrapi's and certainly worthy of an audience.

  • Trisha
    2019-02-07 12:54

    Parsua Bashi explores her life growing up in Iran through staged discussions with herself at various ages. The entire narrative is told through a flashback, revealing particular events in Bashi's life which may not have formed her but do define her. I love this set-up. The older I get the more I want to talk to my past selves. My opinions, held so tightly when I was 16, seem naive now that I am 31. Bashi with love and forgiveness argues with her younger selves, challenges their thinking while simultaneously feeling nostalgic for those versions of herself which have passed.While Islamic Iranian culture is explored, the primary focus remains on Bashi, an internal exploration of her world through her eyes. I really appreciated this personalization as too often memoirs can stray a bit too far into cultural analysis without acknowledging the subjective bias inherent in a "memoir".As so many reviews of this graphic memoir mention, no comments on Nylon Road are complete without a comparison to Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, a graphic memoir about growing up in Iran (all hail the similarity). Most reviews will tell you that Persepolis is "better" than Nylon Road; I am neither agreeing nor disagreeing. Satrapi's memoir is certainly more historical and epic and the such not, but that is exactly why I feel it disingenuous to place to important a value on comparing the two. Just because they are both memoirs about girls growing up in Iran does not mean they should be judged against each other. I think it sufficient to say that they are both good.Moving away from the narrative to the images, grays, tans, and white are the only colors used, and I am curious to know why. What is it about this color scheme that appealed to Bashi? And why does it appeal to me? At this point, I don't really have any answers.

  • Jess
    2019-01-29 08:57

    Bashi begins her story as an adult trying to adjust to life (language, friends, etc.) in Switerland. In each following chapter, she is visited, confronted, and forced to defend her decisions to ghosts of her former self.Everyone will mention Persepolis when they mention this so I've got to give it to Bashi for throwing in a panel of her reading it. Cool Parsua, cool.While it is a memoir about growing up in Iran, it's just as much--perhaps more--about defending your current life to your past self. In Bashi's case, this meant lots of anger showed up, almost surprising amounts. Suppose I should wait until I'm 40 to see if I've turned into someone current Jess would hate. Pretty good. Worth checking out from the library and reading. Between 3/4 stars.

  • Lauringui
    2019-02-02 14:59

    Me encantan estas novelas gráficas autobiográficas. En esta, Parsua hace una retrospectiva de su vida y la transita encontrándose con ella misma, reflexionando acerca de cómo pensaba ella en aquel entonces, aceptándose y sobre todo: creciendo. Una novela sobre las inseguridades que tenemos, sobre nuestros propios temas tabú, sobre cómo cuesta hablar con nuestro pasado para que nos enseñe y no para que nos reproche qué tan mal nos ha ido o qué tanto hemos cambiado.Ligera, un tanto más ideológica que Marjane en Persépolis, Nylon Road es un cálido acercamiento a la vida de Bashi y una invitación a cuestionarnos a nosotros mismos, a derribar muros de tabúes y de prejuicios. "¿Cómo se puede ser libre y no hablar de ciertas cosas? Y ¿qué relación tiene eso con la libertad de expresión?"

  • Sandra
    2019-02-02 13:45

    No me terminó de convencer, se que tenía un antecedente magistral como Persepolis como competidora, y creo que eso es lo que ha hecho que no lo disfrutará tanto, creo que la historia en momentos pierde enganche con el lector, a pesar de ser algo que sucedió, pero no tuve la conexión que me esperaba, aunque tengo que decir que rememorar lo que paso en ese tiempo está bien para no olvidar que el hombre es el único animal que tropieza dos veces en la misma piedra

  • Darcy Roar
    2019-01-19 11:42

    I found this book to be interesting and confusing. Bashi's story is gripping to be sure, but her method of telling is confusing. She tells the story as an adult being visited by her various younger selves. While this method shows how much people can change and rehash past event, it's also very visually confusing and unclear.

  • Lesley
    2019-01-30 16:55

    I think this is her talking to her alter self! I just felt it was confusing at times!

  • Ben
    2019-02-16 12:43

    Gets a bit outrageous in a good way, on the topic of violence and fashion (in clothing).

  • Bryanzk
    2019-01-19 10:44

    Just love this book. The perspective, the thinking process and the story are combined together perfectly.

  • Scott
    2019-02-15 16:56

    This is a story about a grown expatriated woman in Europe recounting her previous "selves" growing up in Iran, from the time of the Shah to modern times. While the storytelling and especially the ending (which was poor, honestly) were not five-star entries, the insight went far beyond my expectations. What it was like growing up before and after the fall of Tehran/the Shah, having the relatively free Iranian society turn into a strict fundamentalist regime, the teenage rush of finding your opposing political parties (apparently Communism was "cool" compared to the current environment), etc. Being a young woman who likes fashion, art, having liberal parents in a increasingly dangerous conservative society. Getting married to a man with the wrong set of values in a society that promotes those values. She mentions the idea that perhaps the entire fundamentalist government is just a veil to keep the people focused on religious issues rather than freedom issues. The more that Iran is villified for its "backward" views on equality and strict religious adherence, the more the government benefits by convincing their people that they are the one true shining beacon in a corrupt world. Not a new concept, but new to me in applying it to Iran and perhaps much of the middle east. Not to say that there haven't been equally corrupt governments run on anti-religious platforms either, but perhaps the end result and ruling parties are often the same behind closed doors. She also makes interesting comparisons and similarities between oppressed Iran and free countries, between political zealots, religious martyrs, and trend-followers. It's a very fun book to read as her grown wisdom confronts her younger more zealous, naive, or limited past selves. I found the art attractive, more than most "alternative" graphic novels. (I admit, I looked up the author herself based on her "self-portraits" in the book and she is surprisingly just as attractive.) It opened my mind about middle eastern cultures and government and the people within them in a way few mediums can. Five stars.

  • Fredrik Strömberg
    2019-01-18 12:50

    This book is evidently inspired by Marjane Satrapi's comics. Bashi even makes a wink at this obvious link, by having herself reading Persepolis in a scene within the diegesis of the story. And the connections between Satrapi and Bashi are also evident. Bash is about the same age as Satrapi, she has also escaped from Iran to the West, and she has also made an autobiographical graphic novel about her horrendous experiences. In some ways, what Bashi has gone through is worse than what Satrapi talks about in her seminal book, but Bashi is not as good a storyteller, and thus her book has not had the same impact. Bash uses a narrative trick of having earlier versions of herself turn up more or less physically in her life, arguing about what she's doing and thinking, from their perspective. This sounds like a neat, Freudian idea, but it doesn't really work. It makes you start thinking that the character might actually be schizophrenic, when she has to hide in the bathroom of a friend to be able to talk to her younger self without looking like a lunatic. And her visual storytelling is crammed with details and too much text, making each page feel text heavy and hard to get through. There's easily material for a book twice the size of what it turned out to be here, for it to flow more easily. All this distracts from what is a really interesting story. I, as a father of two, was especially taken by the chapter about the main character having to leave her five year old daughter to her former husband. That story alone could have been made into a whole book, but is now run through all too quickly, which feels unsatisfactory to say the least. Reading this book makes me realise just how good Satrapi is a telling a story. Persepolis is touching, poignant, artistic, intelligent, and at the same time quite an easy read, even for those not used to graphic novels.

  • Emilio
    2019-02-01 08:49

    Una historia parecida a Persépolis, pero no tan buena.Tenemos una historia similar a la que tenemos en Persépolis pero mucho más floja. Esta tiene de hilo conductor los diálogos de la protagonista consigo misma personificada en imágenes de sí misma de momentos diferentes.Como narración en solitario, sin tener en cuenta Persépolis, es floja, pesada de leer en cuanto a narrativa visual e irregular en el ritmo. Tiene episodios bien narrados, pero son poquitos. La idea del diálogo con sus yoes es bastante buena, pero en ocasiones está muy forzada.La historia es similar a Persépolis. Una mujer de Oriente Medio que se va a Occidente y allí se tiene que integrar y olvidar quién era para adquirir una nueva identidad. Antes era madre y esposa, ahora no... Esta disociación es la que dota de sentido a la narración en diálogo o apariciones, porque tiene que explicar a su pasado porqué hace lo que hace.Como narración de las dificultades de la mujer emigrante que tiene que renunciar a su vida e hijos puede parecer interesante, pero la narración dificulta la empatía con la historia. Si te atrae la trama deberías decantarte por Persépolis, que es una historia similar. Si las comparamos, Persépolis llega mucho más al corazón y está mejor narrada.En definitiva un cúmulo de buenas ideas que no están plasmadas con maestría y que, lejos de conseguir un efecto cautivador, terminan perdiendo al lector y sacándolo de la historia.Si te gustó Persépolis esta novela gráfica puede que te guste aunque es mucho más floja. Si no has leído Persépolis te recomendaría que te dejes esta en el estante de forma preventiva.

  • Sheila
    2019-01-27 11:38

    This graphic novel had some real high points and I can totally see myself using it as a teaching tool. I think Bashi addressed some important ideas and entertained the complexity of what it means to have an open mind. She made some excellent points about the different rules we play by when we set expectations of asking the East for an open mind though those same ideas wouldn't be tolerated in the West (ref: slavery fashion line). Though there were some gems (the rant on Persian contributions and the distinction between Persians and Arabs), the storyline was quite weak and hard to follow. The idea was interesting- the main character meets herself during different periods of her lifetime and they engage in a dialogue where her present character is always trying to 'teach' her other character something. Sometimes she is successful and other times her other self makes more compelling arguments. I think the execution of this plot was not done as well as it could have been. At times it was confusing and forced. Overall, I think there are parts of this novel I would use to illustrate complex ideas of identity (ethnic and religious) as a perspective that matters.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-25 13:45

    Following in the footsteps of "Persepolis," Bashi recounts her childhood during the Iranian Revolution. Having emigrated to Switzerland, she is busy making new friends, learning the language and adjusting to her newfound freedom as an independent woman. One day Bashi discovers a small girl in her kitchen, and realizes it’s actually herself as a small girl. Throughout the story she is visited by multiple apparitions of herself, in various stages from adolescence through young adulthood. They remind her of where she came from, how she formed her political opinions, and how easily she's forgotten the challenges of life under Shiite rule. They also like to ridicule her for her mistakes, including a poorly planned marriage, and losing custody of her daughter. Bashi offers a charismatic look at the limitations on women’s individual rights in the Middle East. Creative and poignant illustrations and story boards.

  • Sj
    2019-01-21 10:42

    Unfortunately for me, I don't know much about the history of the world. Fortunately for me, there are books like Nylon Road that can give me insight in to things that have happened in other countries. I found this book to be so insightful and interesting. I have read Persepolis (both 1 and 2), so I know a very tiny bit about some of the things that happened in Iran as a result of the Iran/Iraq war. Parsua Bashi does a great job of giving a brand new perspective. I really enjoyed how Bashi told her story in terms of past versions of herself coming to "haunt" her current self. I love the "arguments" the the past versions would have with the current version of Bashi. I thought it was a very creative way to tell the story and it helped me understand the story in a deeper way. I love this book. I would definitely recommend it to others.

  • May
    2019-01-30 09:46

    Highly reminiscent of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, Nylon Road tells the story of a young woman's struggle of growing up in Iran and her eventual move to Switzerland as she tries to assimilate into her new homeland. What sets Parsua's story apart is that Parsua was once a wife and a mother in Iran before she moved, thereby adding additional layers of guilt and inner turmoil to her story and leaving the reader to wonder whether or not she will ever really come to terms with what she has had to give up to pursue her new life. A fascinating memoir that helps to shed more light on a part of world that some of us still don't understand in spite of the constant media attention directed towards the region.

  • Emilia P
    2019-02-10 14:48

    So, I really appreciate Bashi's project here -- to tell her own pretty heavy story through meeting her former selves (young and idealistic, losing custody of her child, middle-aged and bitter, with all shifting politics that go along with it, etc). And her illustrative style was pretty good, and definitely emotional, too. But her narrative effort was not nearly intentional enough for me and left me feeling confused and all mixed up about what happened in her life and how she felt about it. Which, judging from her conclusion, she totally is. But that's the point of stories! To work that stuff out! If there had been a bit more narrative flow and something of a resolved feeling, it would definitely be an incredible story. As it was, it was pretty good.

  • Paula
    2019-01-21 14:30

    Recomiendo leer Nylon Road junto con Persépolis. Se complementan muy bien.En cuanto a mi opinión, estas lecturas actúan como bálsamos para mí, porque legitimizan observaciones y sensaciones que me perdería de dedicarme a las lecturas canónicas. La diversidad es importante. Poder identificarse con los procesos por los que pasa el personaje es un regalo que suele negársenos a las personas que no cumplimos la condición «caucásico, hombre». Gracias a Satrapi, Bashi, a los autores latinos y afroamericanos lo comprendo mejor. Comprendo que no son cosas mías, que no soy la única que se siente incómoda a razón de nacionalidad o etnia. Comprendo los porqués.

  • Thomas Andrikus
    2019-02-03 09:47

    A very Satrapi-esque work. I might have liked this better had it been written in a chronological manner. Instead, the author Parsua Bashi has chosen to pen it in a slightly confusing, soul-searching kind of way: at one scene she's confronting her past when she was 35, the next she jumps to when she was 13.But overall, this graphic novel is just as insightful(if not more) as the "Persepolis" in portraying the historical pain-in-the-arse that every Iranian had to endure during the era of Cultural Revolution and Iran-Iraq war.

  • David Bales
    2019-01-30 15:55

    At first I thought this would be another in a long line of typical "Growing up in Iran" memoirs that seem to be in rage nowadays, but was pleasantly surprised at Bashi's take on her past. She looked back at her life, (now at 40 and in Switzerland) and tries to reassess events with her earlier selves, (age 13 or 20, etc.) who appear to her and challenge her comfortable "bourgeois" current European lifestyle. A lot of feminism and criticism of Iran's Islamic republic. She runs into Persian chauvinists, (typically living outside of Iran) who criticize everyone else for Iran's problems. In some ways, similar to other memoirs, but startlingly unique and well-recommended.

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-02-16 14:35

    Bashi forces the comparison between her memoir and Persepolis. It's on the cover, it's in end material, she reads Persepolis IN the memoir, but Nylon Road is no Persepolis. Not much story here, untied ends. She draws well but we don't really get to know her very well. It's more commentary than story, meditations on various things... but feels.. not just spare, but missing lots of information/story. The central conceit is interesting. Having moved to Zurich from Iran, learning the language, encountering culture shock, she begins to meet her former selves, that help het comment on the present as she encounters it.

  • Scottsdale Public Library
    2019-01-19 08:48

    This graphic memoir has obvious things in common with Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, though Booklist states correctly that Nylon Road complements Satrapi’s memoir without imitating it. The author/protagonist, an Iranian woman now in her early forties, is visited in each chapter by past selves from different periods of her life. As each period plays out on the page, the two selves discuss – often argue over - the choices she made at that time: as an idealistic teen, an unhappily married mother, a new immigrant to Europe. Often humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, keenly insightful—and a super-quick read! -Kate D.-

  • Sarah Sammis
    2019-02-10 16:34

    The graphic novel format has become an inviting medium for women to write their memories. Parsua Bashi's memoir, Nylon Road is another tale of growing up female in Iran. Readers who enjoyed the Perseopolis books will like Nylon Road.What sets Bahsi's memoir apart is the dialog she has with herself at different ages. She examines and reexamines the decisions in her life against the person she was at different stages in her life.Bashi's also more critical of her move to Europe. She records her culture shock and the prejudice she experience (some actual, some imagined).

  • Robyn
    2019-02-17 11:39

    In a way I feel bad for Nylon Road because it will always be that other Iranian coming of age graphic novel. I think that if I read this before I read Persepolis I might have liked it more, but the bar was set going in and it really didn't achieve the same level of storytelling and visual appeal for me. Different person, different experiences and it's not that Bashi's story was necessarily less compelling, I just didn't think it was as much of a voyage. Regardless, I think that it is still worth a read (especially if you haven't read Persepolis.)

  • Aaron
    2019-02-13 11:42

    Short, and easy to read, but somewhat distracted and the ending left much to be desired. Still, a good entry into the graphic memoir genre and really raises some good points across the board. Also, very interesting look at life in a country that "we" (meaning the United States) know very little about in terms of actual citizenry, or at least that's so in my case. Honestly, I think I'd rather meet the author and talk face to face about the various topics she raises and engages with her previous lives, but this is a close second.

  • Lindsay
    2019-02-16 14:46

    Advanced readers that I usually receive are duds. I was plesantly surprised to get a graphic novel in the mail. I love how there are history lessons to be had in powerful drawings now. i.e. Persepholis, Maus, and Pride of Baghdad. This is a girl struggling with her identity in Iran. She wants to value here heritage, yet is also wanting to move ahead in life, from the old ways. Told very personally by the author. I really hope this GN does well once published. I think this is a story everyone can identify with, from Iran or not.

  • Sara
    2019-01-26 14:37

    The positive: I really enjoyed when this GN was a meditation on how the person we are now relates to the people we used to be. Best part of the book.The summary: It's unfair, but I couldn't stop comparing it to Persepolis, and it lost that comparison. Much of her life felt like it was skimmed over or lightly treated, in favor of looking more at her own conflict about her development (this isn't bad, but did lessen my enjoyment).The negative: Good, not great. I'd recommend Persepolis over this one, but had I read this one first I would have enjoyed it more.

  • Kristin
    2019-01-17 14:53

    Amazing! Of course, it's easy to compare to Persepolis because that came first--but this does have variations. It's told from the perspective of a mature woman, and it isn't just her story or the stories of the people she knows, but also includes treatises of sorts on the author's philosophies about things. Brilliant revelations and commentary about greed for power, Persian history, societal conformism, etc. Libraries should add this more widely to their collections (no, you can't just do with Persepolis!).

  • Tracey
    2019-02-07 11:30

    Sort of like "A Christmas Carol" except instead of the ghosts of Christmas past, the protagonist is visited by the "ghosts of growing up in Iran." The potential for great storytelling is there, but the transitions between visits is stilted and sometimes the narrative gets truncated by the entrance of one of these old selves. Still, a brave tale to tell, having left Iran and left a daughter behind because of the cruel custody laws when a woman initiates a divorce.