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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.
The author keeps me interested. I needed this for school, and so far so good.Published 4 days ago by K.P.
So inspiring. Every teacher of literature should read this book, as should every student of literature. Good teachers change the world one student at a time;)Published 1 month ago by H. D. Macadam
This is a classic! The way women are treated in Islam is simply wrong and not insha'Allah.Published 1 month ago by Larry B. Campbell
Recently passed this book to a good friend of mine since she is originally from a country near Iran. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book was life/attitude changing. I feel I understand the Iranian culture better, especially relating to women. I have a heart for these women now. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
If you want to know how things work in Iran this book is for you. Well written, intelligent and fascinating. Don't miss it.Published 2 months ago by Jorge G. Hugony
A brilliant book! Had me thinking for days, about things in life that we take for granted. A thought provoking and an insightful read.Published 2 months ago by Suraiya Khalid Anvery