Chicken With Plums (Marjane Satrapi)


I don’t know what expectations I had before going into this graphic novel. The plot is about our protagonist having had his beloved tar (musical instrument) broken, and when he can’t find a replacement he decides to kill himself. And the book mainly dishes out his reasons for such a decision. We get a glimpse of his relationships with his wife, his children, his brother and his parents, none of which he finds fulfilling – except the relationship he has with one of his daughters < such favouritism. And so it must be mentioned that the protagonist, Nasser Ali is not a likeable protagonist at all. It’s really hard to sympathise with him, especially given how short this book is. It took me 30 minutes tops to read this graphic novel. There are some flashbacks to his past… but it’s not enough to make me sympathise with him.

But there is a plot twist at the end which is sad… but it really drives home the fact that this guy is so unlikeable up until the very end.

This protagonist is the kind of guy that will wait for the rain to end before going out to dance. But guess what, he’s stuck in an unending monsoon. He does not move on in life. He lets himself wallow in self-misery. He doesn’t make good of his situations. I really pity the family he left behind. And maybe that’s the moral of the story? Don’t be Nasser Ali. Life won’t always go your way, but that isn’t enough reason to stop trying!

We give meaning to life based on our point of view.

It’s an alright one time read. Borrow it from the library.

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‘You’re the one that needs to hear it.’ – So much sass!!

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