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    Embroideries (Paperback) By (author) Marjane Satrapi

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    DescriptionFrom the bestselling author of Persepolis comes this humorous and enlightening look at the sex lives of Iranian women. Embroideries gathers together Marjane's tough-talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and neighbours for an afternoon of tea-drinking and talk. Naturally, the subject turns to loves, sex and vagaries of men...


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    Mark Thwaite Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis: The Story Of An Iranian Childhood was a phenomenal success story both here, in Europe, and throughout the world (it was turned into a pretty good film too). The critically acclaimed autobiographical graphic novels described Satrapi's childhood in Iran and her adolescence in Europe with considerable wit, elan and humour.
    Her latest book, Embroideries, reads like a lost chapter from Persepolis. We find ourselves at home with Marjane's "tough-talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and neighbours for an afternoon of tea-drinking and talk." No men here, so the talk inevitable turns to male uselessnes, sex, relationships and love.
    Embroideries is lively, funny, sometimes daringly explicit little volume, but compared with Persepolis it is pretty slight. Its narrative tension, or what little there is of it, turns on the banality that, behind closed doors, even Iranian women talk explicitly about intimate subjects, which is hardly news. If you need to be reminded that wearing a veil doesn't prevent you from being sassy and opinionated, then you might learn something here. For the rest of us Embroideries is honest, entertaining and very occassionally laugh-out-loud funny, but it isn't the storming follow-up to Persepolis what we'd been waiting for. by Mark Thwaite

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