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Funny in Farsi : A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
Funny in Farsi A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
Author: Firoozeh Dumas
In 1972, when she was seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her family moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond her father’s glowing memories of his graduate school years here. More family soon followed, and the clan has been here ever since. — Funny in Farsi chronicles the American journey of ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780812968378
ISBN-10: 0812968379
Publication Date: 1/13/2004
Pages: 208
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 110 ratings
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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Minehava avatar reviewed Funny in Farsi : A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America on + 739 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Easy read, good for book clubs, or English classes. America from the point of view of an immigrant family.
Flowing, full of expressions, funny but serious. Gives a window into Iranian culture.
I have traveled to middle east number of times and must say that she paints fairly good picture of her culture.
Some words are difficult or unusual. Over all well written even though the time frame is a little disorganized, but well fitted together.
Don't pass on this one.
demiducky25 avatar reviewed Funny in Farsi : A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America on + 161 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I REALLY enjoyed reading this book! I think what made it so enjoyable is that you can more or less substitute your own relatives into some of the stories that she tells. Firoozeh Dumas discusses what it was like to grow up Iranian in America in the 1970s/ 1980s, but she spends a lot of time making you realize that the similarities between your family and hers far outweigh the differences. She keeps a nice balance between making the stories funny but still being respectful of her relatives and their quirks. For instance, you can tell that she really loves her father and respects him, despite his failed attempts at home repair and chronic thriftiness (or perhaps because of these things). The chapters are nice and short, keeping a quick pace throughout the book. Certain tales are funny (her father's reasoning as to why it's not a conflict for him to be Muslim and eat ham & the chapter called "The F-Word" about how her name always gets butchered were particularly notable), others are a bit more touching (such as when she discusses her intelligent aunt who should have gone to school but due to culture was married at an early age or how Firoozeh's mother became a pioneer for other women of her generation by embracing Firoozeh's choice of a husband- a Catholic Frenchman) but still humorous. I am excited to find out that she wrote a sequel and will have to look into getting that in the near future. All-in-all I HIGHLY recommend this book!
reviewed Funny in Farsi : A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America on + 234 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This book had me laughing so hard out loud at times. The author details life as an Iranian woman growing up in the United States. She appears to be transparent and is humble as to how she describes herself. Her father's antics make the book! She describes both cultures and their strengths and weaknesses. I love her tales of her family who are so tightly interwoven into each others' lives. I envy the relationships her kin fostered, and how her French husband accepted and embraced her "tribe". Awesome book that reads very quickly.
reviewed Funny in Farsi : A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America on + 25 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Laugh out loud funny - whether you are an American or a recent immigrant to this country - you will love this heartfelt memoir of what it is like to be first generation in the US.
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Helpful Score: 2
A humerous and touching memoir about growing up as an (Iranian) immigrant in America.
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reviewed Funny in Farsi : A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America on + 13 more book reviews
I really liked the humor used in the book to describe the challenges of moving to a new country. It gave me more insight on the difficulties of adjusting to a new culture especially when arriving without speaking the language. It shows how the children more easily pick up English while many adults struggle to ever be fluent, especially the older ones.
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Very enjoyable. Laughed out loud quite a few times. Interesting to see this country in the eyes of an immigrant.
MSCOZY avatar reviewed Funny in Farsi : A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America on
An easy, enjoyable book! The author recounts her family's reactions to the culture of America compared to their own Iranian culture. She tells of her family members and their many quirks and their astonishments at the many differences in our culture. I found the book to be funny and touching, and a fast read. It also made me realize what a great country America is and how those from other countries view things we take for granted.


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