Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
Reading Lolita in Tehran A Memoir in Books Author:Azar Nafisi 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 stif... more »led artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi?s 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.« less
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I was disappointed by the âbook reportsâ within this book. I did enjoy the stories she told of her life. The life she led and the things she lived through are unimaginable. I wish she would have delved into them a bit more and left out her feelings and her students feelings on their reads. She also included several clips from the books, which I did not think belonged in there. To be honest, I only made it two thirds of the way through this book before I moved on. It was very easy to put down and walk away from. The chapters are short, so that does make it easy to put down and come back to at a pause point. I would not recommend if you are looking for a quick read.