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This was a memorable book
on May 5, 2017
My stepmother introduced me to this book. I'm not sure how our discussion led to this, but she was telling me of this site she got by email called "Where Have All the Flowers Gone". This had a picture of a woman weari her native dress from a Middle Eastern country before the religious zealots forced them to wear a type of robe, burqa and or veil. Though this was initially from a particular religious sect, when strong religious forces took control, they required all women to dress this way. Our writer wrote her memoir teaching English literature at a university in Tehran. When she started working, she wore western dress, until the government threatened the women with prison and the possibility of death if they did not comply in changing how they dressed. During this time a revolution was taking place in Iran with several factions attempting to get or hold on to control. During this time, war broke out between Iran and Iraq.
The style of punishment was gruesome and done publicly usually to force compliance with their laws. Our writer did move to the United States and went to college here studying English Literature. She took her knowledge back to Iran to discuss relationships in the stories (fiction) and draw comparisons to their own relationships. She left the university in Tehran after so much bullying against her and others. She invited several women to continue studying in her home. She couldn't invite men, because Iran at that time worked very hard to keep the sexes separate unless it was a spouse, parent or sibling. The lessons learned through literature was fascinating and was shared throughout the book. But it was these relationships and how they were handled in such a controlling regime. I really liked this book. It was insightful of another culture during a particular time and if you are curious about that, you will get a lot out of this book.