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Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran
Journey from the Land of No A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran
Author: Roya Hakakian
"We stormed every classroom, inscribed our slogans on the blackboard... Never had mayhem brought more peace. All our lives we had been taught the virtues of behaving, and now we were discovering the importance of misbehaving. Too much fear had tainted our days. Too many afternoons had passed in silence, listening to a fanatic’s diatribes. W...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780609810309
ISBN-10: 0609810308
Publication Date: 6/28/2005
Pages: 272
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Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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I confess I was slightly bored by the first half of the story: pre-teen Jewish girl's life in pre-Revolutionary Tehran; that section does make a point that opposition to the Shah was widespread, far from just a radical Moslem "thing". Second part (post-Revolution) is much stronger, though the story ends as the family makes the final decision to emigrate, with a "teaser" that the story of their journey might be forthcoming as a sequel; there is an epilogue telling of the "fate" of most of the main characters at the time the book went to press.
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Offering us a quiet, child's-eye view of tumultuous times, Hakakaian weaves her words with grace and skill. There's a bit of Ann Frank in this: as a reader, I knew what was coming in her country, whereas she was innocently exploring first crushes and adolescent adventures. Her lifelong love of language shows, and makes this book a pleasure to read.


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