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Subject: Funny in Farsi--anyone read it?
Date Posted: 5/17/2009 9:31 PM ET
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I finished a thoroughly enjoyable book on which seems to be my Middle East reading tour lately.  LOL  It's called "Funny in Farsi" by Firoozeh Dumas.  Dumas writes about her experiences as a child coming from Iran to the US in 1972.  Some of it is typical immigrant experience stuff, but she has such a humorous way of putting things.  I felt like I really like the writer and her family in the end.

It's a short book, but of very good quality.

Anyone else read it?

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 10:01 AM ET
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Loved it!  We had discussed this one, albeit along with at least a hundred others, in the Thoughts on Memoirs thread here.  What a delight to read a memoir that didn't bash her family, blame someone for the crappy turn her life took.  Reminiscent of Haven Kimmel's Zippy.  Highly recommended.

She has a sequel to Funny in Farsi.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 10:47 AM ET
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I just started reading it!  I find it  to be very touching.  It also offers good (and very funny) insight into the immigration experience.  Her second book, LAUGHING WITHOUT AN ACCENT looks good too!

Last Edited on: 5/18/09 10:48 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/18/2009 3:49 PM ET
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Loved it, and can hardly wait to read the sequel.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 10:20 PM ET
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Oh, there's a sequel?  I didn't know that!  Thanks Kathy :)

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 11:52 AM ET
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I read it and laughed out loud the entire time.  It was hilarious!