- Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Persian Girls: A Memoir Paperback – Bargain Price, December 27, 2007
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I was just mesmerized with the weave of her writings, in "Persian Girls". A fascinating depiction of the life, culture and traditions in Iran as she experienced them, and how they related to and affected her family and friends.
I reccomend this book as a good read.
Thank you Nahid Rachlin...
If I am at all disappointed with this book it is because of the emphasis Rachlin places on arranged marriages as the cause of unhappiness in women in the culture she was born into. Rachlin's sister was in an abusive arranged marriage as were other women in her family. I know some couples who are in very happy arranged marriages and I know a lot of women who are very unhappy in marriages of their own making. The divorce rate in the United States certainly attests to that.
No, I would not have liked my life and/or marriage determined for me. And I value the ability to chart my own course. But Rachlin goes too far I believe when she seemingly equates arranged marriages with unhappiness and abuse.
But overwhelmingly, this is a very interesting, and although somewhat sad, nonetheless a charming book.
The book tells pretty much her whole life story of repression and censorship and fear in Iran. She was able to convince her father to let her come to America for college, so she didn't have to go into a forced marriage. Almost all of her loved ones were still in Iran, and suffered the horrors of Khomeini (almost exactly like the Taliban) and the devastation of the Iran-Iraq War.
I give this book a strong 3.5 stars. I couldn't quite go up to 4 stars only because she seems so emotionally detached from the events of her own life. It's almost as if she watched it happen from a distance rather than experiencing it. I kept wondering if perhaps the early trauma in her life taught her to protect herself by not feeling too deeply. Or maybe she feels it and can't translate that feeling into her writing. Well worth reading, nonetheless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rachlin captures the overwhelming power of personal bonds, not as any romanticization of love, family or nation, but as tenderness for the reality of fragile bonds and fleeting... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brian Griffith
I'm reading such an awesome book, a memoir, "Persian Girls," by Nahid Rachlin. I can't put the book down! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have read and loved other books of Rachlin's and am drawn to her themes - identity and belonging, the contrast of cultures between the US and Iran, and the role of women - and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Celine Keating, author of novels LAYLA and PLAY for ME
Understates the submission required of women by men in Muslim society-from what I have read in similar books. Would like a firmer ending.
Could use much more dialogue. Read more
The book so mild and slow, the author really didn't delve deep enough into the issues she mentioned..it was kind of boring to be honest. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Chafica
Beautifully written and incredibly touching ... brings up cultural issues, such as the origins of independence and family devotion/responsibility - and the conflict between the two... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amanda
I choose this book for my Book Club. Every body said that they really appreciated and enjoined this book and I have to say I absolutely loved it. Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by mandana rezaee