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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.
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 4 days 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 28 days ago by Michelle C. Rougely
A profound, moving, and educational story about a female professor and how she survives the Iranian Revolution. Read morePublished 29 days 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 1 month ago by N. J. Dorn
Amazing book! Read this in my literature class and it was such an amazing and insightful read. Nafisi is such a talented writer, there were time's when I just couldn't put the book... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Courtney
I had high hopes for this book after all of the buzz surrounding it however I was extremely disappointed with the memoir as a whole. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. C
It's a memoir. It's a literary criticism of at least four books. It's a commentary on social settings in Iran. It's so many things. What is this book ultimately? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amory Ross
The background story about the girls' lives was very interesting, but I have two problems with this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by catisi