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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.
To much repetition of the same information from books I had not read, to graphic. Did not finish the book after reading about a tenth of it.Published 13 days ago by Pat Coe
Reconciles you with literature and provide an insider's view about the revolution. And it is about friendship as well. XxPublished 1 month ago by Denise
I struggled through the book. It was more the author explaining other books and reminding me how to feel at every turn. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chanda P. Chomba
Too hard to follow with the literary.components too difficult and distracting leaving the characters less understood and developed.Published 2 months ago by Bruce F. GEORGE
It took me a bit to get into this book. If I hadn't listened to it on audio I probably wouldn't have made it very far. But I am so glad i did! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hilary Martin
If you are interested in literature analysis this is the right book to start with. It gives a some insight in the conditions at the universities in iran juring the islamic... Read morePublished 2 months ago by nina rasmussen
Being a book lover, I could not imagine being restricted on what I could and could not read.
In Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, the reader is taken to Iran and the... Read more
There are some parts that feel like an English class. Give yourself plenty of time and consider reading the books that Ms. Nafisi and her group read in the book before.Published 2 months ago by Rose
The mind is often not ready for the reality that lurks just at reach. I didn't really know, how ever much I research the question, the Iranian (female) perspective on life and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by JACSM