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Has anyone read Reading Lolita in Tehran? January 01, 2005 1:23 PM

Has anyone read Reading Lolita in Tehran? I just finished reading it a few weeks ago, and I loved it. I think it really provided insight into the lives of Iranians and did a really good job of incorporating classic books into her life. I loved how she gave you an image of her life through the book discussions she had with her classes. I spent a lot of time trying to convince myself that the events she described actually happened because it seemed so much like fiction. What did you think?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Reading Lolita in Tehran January 11, 2005 8:08 AM

I read "Reading Lolita in Tehran." I thought it was a powerful read. The book made me appreciate the fact that I'm able to read whatever I want to read. I laughed and cried several times when reading it. It is a book that I will reread in the future.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Reading Lolita In Tehran January 14, 2005 4:22 PM

Hi all. I'm new to the group, and I just read the posts on this book. I havn't read it yet, but I definitely want to. Thanks for the reviews, I definitely am going to pick it up.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 15, 2005 1:22 AM

Reading this book was a strong experience for me on several levels. First, I was a member of a book discussion group in college and we talked about the books we were reading for our Women's Literature class. One of these was the excellent "Woman at Point Zero", a novel by Nawal El Saadawi, an Egyptian author who writes the story of Firdaus whose life has been a struggle to escape the control of men. Firdaus recounts her story from a jail cell where she sits awaiting execution for murder. Living in a world where you can't go outside the door without a male family member as an escort, you have to wear head- to-foot black covering when you do, and there are Morality Police watching you may seem like fiction to us but it is still happening. In fact when I read this book,"Woman at Point Zero" I had to try to convince myself that it was fiction, it seemed so real. At the same time I was studying Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale", a frightening novel about the very same kinds of controls. What was so scary was that the things she described were not so far from the truth of what was really happening. Reading this book supported what knowledge I had from talking to students I had tutored who told me about life in the UAE and Egypt. What amazed me, though, is that these women were not weak in any sense. Despite the controls and all the rules they were brave and feisty and admirable. "Reading Lolita in Tehran" brings the women and their teacher to glowing life. I think Azar Nafisi must be a great teacher and for the girls in her group, she may have been the teacher who changed their lives. She is certainly a powerful and inspiring writer and everyone who loves reading should read this book.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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