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Threaded into the memoir are trenchant discussions of the work of Vladimir Nabokov, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, and other authors who provided the women with examples of those who successfully asserted their autonomy despite great odds. The great works encouraged them to strike out against authoritarianism and repression in their own ways, both large and small: "There, in that living room, we rediscovered that we were also living, breathing human beings; and no matter how repressive the state became, no matter how intimidated and frightened we were, like Lolita we tried to escape and to create our own little pockets of freedom," she writes. In short, the art helped them to survive. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Reading Lolita in Tehran" by Azar Nafisi, (author & teacher) is an interesting book.
I could not keep the characters straight, and I felt the book jumped around in time so much that I frequently gave up trying to figure out the temporal context.
The book club members take fiction, and see things that Western readers likely wouldn't, to apply it to their own lives, and gain hope from it.
Brilliant book. A great view into the lives of women in the developing world.Published 11 days ago by Alison Lewis
Though the middle east is always in the news I was unaware what a backward step the women of Iran had taken when the Shah was replaced by Khomeni. Read morePublished 14 days ago by kate476
Excellent book on women's issues in Tehran. Very compelling read & hard to put down. So sad all women don't have the freedom we have in the USA.Published 18 days ago by I. Miller
One of the best books I've ever read. I recommend it to all my reading friends.Published 1 month ago by S. Fields
How little we understand the life of a woman in Tehran. This book is an eye opener - a slice of life of an educated woman who makes a gallant effort to remain in her homeland and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by victoria
This would only appeal to those who have recently read the authors and literature to which the author constantly and continually refers.Published 1 month ago by linda pigorsch
Worst book I have ever read. First book that NOBODY in my book club finished.Published 1 month ago by heather ajack
I enjoyed it! Great background, great discussions of classics, great story.Published 1 month ago by PJAR