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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.
Azar Nafisi has a way with words! This wasn't what I expected and I'm glad. I now have a few more books to read and re-read. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mavourneen Davis
The story was laborious for me to read for some reason. It was a good story but it wasn't my own favorite. The concept is interesting but it just didn't hold my interestPublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Typically, I enjoy reading literature about various cultures but this book failed me. I had heard amazing reviews about this book and I find myself disagreeing with them. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Morgan
How does one appreciate another book, friend enemy? It's all here in beautifully written detail. The author gets you into her head and those of her characters that is rare in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Howie
If you want to read a first hand account of just how dehumanizing the Iranian Muslim regime is and how much it oppresses women, here it is. Read morePublished 2 months ago by LF
I've enjoyed adding this book to my World Literature classes. I highly recommend it for high school literature series on Middle Eastern studies.Published 2 months ago by Michelle C. Rougely
A profound, moving, and educational story about a female professor and how she survives the Iranian Revolution. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Johanis
SO very interesting, I could hardly wait to read the next page. A truer picture of living in Iran under current conditions.Published 3 months ago by N. J. Dorn