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Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

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Naomi knight, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Naomi knight)
I read this book 4 years ago and was totally enthralled. It is full of history, drama, culture and horror, at the thought, the reality, that people are treated so vilely, yet the culture survives due to and through the will of the people. I passed this book on to a friend , 86,who in turn passed it on to a friend then to more friends and at last count at least ten people, all women, had read it! So amazing. If we read only one book a year, let it be t his. I think it would make an excellent literature choice for ANY school, for the students, teachers and parents to read a s one large community, and in turn have discussions, plays and art dramas to spread the importance of the book's message.
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Jeane, April 2, 2008 (view all comments by Jeane)
This doesn't really read like a memoir, and was not what I expected. I was picturing an intimate story about the women's lives and interactions with each other, facilitated by their book group. What I got was a bunch of essays on American authors of classic literature, Iranian politics, religion and the oppression of women. It jumps around a lot, moving from one subject to the next without much warning and going suddenly from the present back to Nafisi's experiences at the beginning of the Revolution. This can get confusing and detract from the focus of the book. But once I let go of my expectations, I did really enjoy this book.
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slavetowhim, August 24, 2006 (view all comments by slavetowhim)
Well said, reviewer Crochetstory: This book is beyond wonderful. I read it after hearing Azar Nafisi speak (no one wanted her to stop), and was delighted to see that her grace in speaking also carries into her writing. I'm looking forward to reading Reading Lolita in Tehran again.
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crochetstory, August 21, 2006 (view all comments by crochetstory)
This is a wonderful book. I do hope the author, Azar Nafisi, continues to write for years to come. While learning about literary books like Lolita, Pride and Prejudice and Madame Bovary, the reader also learns about Iran through the lives of the ladies who come to Azar Nafisi's home for bookclub sessions. Amazingly, these young women find identity, pleasure and freedom in reading the books of these great writers.

Their outside lives are opened to us too. The daily life these women live without having the right to wear fingernail polish, make open comments in university and thinking of ways and means to leave the country.

All along there is the constant brave spirit of Azar Nafisi. The book is beyond wonderful.
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ISBN:
9780812971064
Author:
Nafisi, Azar
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Location:
New York
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Women
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American literature
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Group reading
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English literature
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English teachers
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Regional, Ethnic, Genre, Specific Subject
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Ethnic Cultures - General
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General
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Biography-Ethnic Cultures
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Biography-Women
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Subject:
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Subject:
memoir;iran;non-fiction;women;literature;islam;middle east;biography;autobiography;feminism;books about books;fiction;women s studies;censorship;politics;literary criticism;education;religion;tehran;culture;history;iranian;gender;21st century;azar nafisi;
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Trade pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
issue 6
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5.16 x 0.83 in 0.6 lb

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Product details 384 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812971064 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "There are certain books by our most talented essayists — I'm thinking in particular of Slouching Towards Bethlehem, by Joan Didion, and Dakota, by Kathleen Norris — that, though not necessarily better than their other works, carry inside their covers the heat and struggle of a life's central choice being made and the price being paid, while the writer tells us about other matters, and leaves behind a path of sadness and sparkling loss. Reading Lolita in Tehran is such a book." (read the entire Atlantic review)
"Review" by , "[W]ithout once sinking into sentimentality or making overly large claims for the relative might of the pen over the sword, Nafisi celebrates the power of literature to nourish free thought in climes inhospitable to it."
"Review" by , "I was enthralled and moved by Azar Nafisi?s account of how she defied, and helped others to defy, radical Islam?s war against women. Her memoir contains important and properly complex reflections about the ravages of theocracy, about thoughtfulness, and about the ordeals of freedom — as well as a stirring account of the pleasures and deepening of consciousness that result from an encounter with great literature and with an inspired teacher."
"Review" by , "When I first saw Azar Nafisi teach, she was standing in a university classroom in Tehran, holding a bunch of red fake poppies in one hand and a bouquet of daffodils in the other, and asking, What is kitsch? Now, mesmerizingly, she reveals the shimmering worlds she created in those classrooms, inside a revolution that was an apogee of kitsch and cruelty. Here, people think for themselves because James and Fitzgerald and Nabokov sing out against authoritarianism and repression. You will be taken inside a culture, and on a journey, that you will never forget."
"Review" by , "Stunning...a literary life raft on Iran's fundamentalist sea...All readers should read it."
"Review" by , “Anyone who has ever belonged to a book group must read this book. Azar Nafisi takes us into the vivid lives of eight women who must meet in secret to explore the forbidden fiction of the west. It is at once a celebration of the power of the novel and a cry of outrage at the reality in which these women are trapped. The ayatollahs don't know it, but Nafisi is one of the heroes of the Islamic Republic. For many years, she eschewed the easier path of exile, and became one of the brave band of intellectuals and artists who stayed on, stubbornly struggling to save the cultured soul of her remarkable country.”
"Synopsis" by , Reading Lolita in Tehran is the astonishing true story of young women who met in secret each week to read and talk about forbidden Western classics — and their lives and loves — in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
"Synopsis" by , Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisis living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.
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