- Paperback: 357 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (August 29, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520223543
- ISBN-13: 978-0520223547
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To See and See Again: A Life in Iran and America First Edition
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"Sometimes painful, sometimes soothing in its honesty about a family uprooted."--the "Portland Oregonian
From the Back Cover
A compelling and intimate exploration of the complexity of a bicultural immigrant experience, To See and See Again traces three generations of an Iranian (and Iranian-American) family undergoing a century of change -- from the author's grandfather, a feudal lord with two wives; to her father, a free-spirited architect who marries an American pop singer; to Bahrampour herself, who grows up balanced precariously between two cultures and comes of age watching them clash on the nightly news.
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This book could probably be used in a case study of cross-culture living, especially when the two cultures are so at odds with each other as what we see here. From America to Iran and back to America or, to see and see America Again, the author goes through the rigors which leave her with a lack of home, a lack of a base, and a lack of something to fall back on. While the title is meant to use the Iranian expression typifying the author's seeing Iran then seeing Iran again, the reality missed even by her is that this sense of loss is caused by the exact opposite phenomenon. Had she ended up in Iran, more than likely these feelings of loss would never have happened. America would have held no hold on her, other than a faster and more flashy sense of living. In her heart, it would have been easy to cast aside the lure of America since it did not hold anything for her to go "home" to. Instead, the opposite is the case, and she is left in a sort of limbo today.
The subject and overall feeling of the author is something I occasionally see in my own world, as my wife lived in Taiwan until the age of 10 and now lives in America with only her mother and father living here part-time. Her sense of family is a scant one, with her 50+ cousins and numerous aunts and uncles all in Taiwan. The book highlights the author's struggle in the same vein, her disconnect between 2 cultures sometimes seamless, sometimes problematic. I can attest to the very real nature of these emotions.
All in all the book does a decent job of telling her story, but too often it falls into a droning narrative speaking of the pity she has for her loss. The book started with flying colors for me. But it later bogged down when she returned to Iran, apparently struggling to overcome the separation of that homecoming to what she has in America. What starts as a nice narrative soon slogs down in verbose descriptions of elements not key to the narrative as a whole. Descriptions of random family members blur together so that before long it's hard to remember who is who.
The book is decent but fails to live up to expectations. What starts as a riveting narrative fizzles into the overdone story of cross-culture existence, where home is always a fleeting memory. I still think the book is worth reading. But if you want to get a real cross-section of the Iranian perspective in America, or vice versa, this isn't going to meet those needs.