Have been looking forward to reading this from my shelves for a long time. For when I can be a bit more active/write a bit more; or not have more time...moreHave been looking forward to reading this from my shelves for a long time. For when I can be a bit more active/write a bit more; or not have more time for those things, but can think about it even .. more..(less)
Excellent book. It has the layout of a children's book, but the content is too complete and interesting to validate that pigeonhole. The portraits are...moreExcellent book. It has the layout of a children's book, but the content is too complete and interesting to validate that pigeonhole. The portraits are wonderful. The time spanned is from Mohammed (pbuh) to the present day. Excellent gift, and/or addition to one's own library.
There is a prominent article about it in the Variety section of my local newspaper, the illustrations were created by a Minneapolis woman - Heba Amin - who moved here from Egypt to attend Macalester, switched from Math to Art while there, and went on to do post-baccalaureate work and then get her MFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. It talks about the nine months she spent creating the portraits for each woman, involving lots of research (no pohotographs existed for most of the subjects). (less)
Sounds very informational; hindered only by that lack of awareness that India is a country and culture and people live there and all that. Since that...moreSounds very informational; hindered only by that lack of awareness that India is a country and culture and people live there and all that. Since that lack of awareness was possessed by the actors, that is another thing which the reader is informed of. So be it. And potentially relevant to current struggles perhaps. (less)
Sounds like a horrible, tragic conflict, and one that I just feel is so, so wrong. I mean, within the family, I guess that's up to them. But these day...moreSounds like a horrible, tragic conflict, and one that I just feel is so, so wrong. I mean, within the family, I guess that's up to them. But these days there are multiple strands within multiple religions that are open and affirming. Of course it isn't universal just yet, but seems to be going strongly in that direction. So, part of me is a bit uninterested, since I'm so much more about how it works to change that. Still though, sounds well-written and like it has interesting content and all. We'll see..(less)
I've wanted to learn some more about China for a while, this looks like a great text for that. From Amazon's description: Product Description For courses...moreI've wanted to learn some more about China for a while, this looks like a great text for that. From Amazon's description: Product Description For courses on Modern Chinese History, Politics, Society, and Culture; a supplement for courses on East Asian civilization, World History and Civilization. Unlike other texts on modern Chinese history--which tend to be either encyclopedic or too pedantic--Revolution and Its Past is usably comprehensive, focused on "cutting-edge" interpretations, and written in a style that engages students from beginning to end. The Second Edition uses the theme of identities--of the nation itself and of the Chinese people--to probe the vast changes that have swept over China from late imperial times to the beginning of the twenty-first century. In so doing, it explores the range of identities China has chosen over time and those that outsiders have bestowed upon China and its people--showing how, as China rapidly modernizes, the issue of Chinese identity in the modern world looms large.
Sounds like it's used in 'History of China' classes and that its relatively unbiased; but people say a weakness is relative lack of dates in the text, and using only english terms for events rather than also the Chinese ones.
Further reading suggestions from a reviewer: I suggest The Family by Pa Chin, The Poetry and Stories of Lu Xhun, Good Women of China by Xinran Xue, and Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah (just to get started)to understand the culture.(less)
Sounds like someone saying out loud what some of us have thought for a long time. 'money follows merit' - people actually believe that? Obviously mone...moreSounds like someone saying out loud what some of us have thought for a long time. 'money follows merit' - people actually believe that? Obviously money follows privilege, most of the time. Etc... Not that there aren't exceptions, yadda yadda.. Anyway, looks like a great read. (less)
This book is three complete contents, perfectly interspersed. One: a loving immersion into Persian literature from ancient to modern days, as well as...moreThis book is three complete contents, perfectly interspersed. One: a loving immersion into Persian literature from ancient to modern days, as well as many warm embraces to literatures of other peoples and places also. This immersion includes not simply sharing of various literature snippets, but a great deal about the effect of fiction on the human psyche: what effect it can and should have on a people. The very power it holds over the human species. Highly recommend to any who writes, or reads, or is human (ok, slightly exaggerating, but not much. Really). In fact, literature is so much a presence in this book, her first addendum after the acknowledgements (there are four unique ones) is a suggested reading list, giving details of the referred-to content: Forough Farrokhzad, Golshiri, Ferdowsi, Gorgani, so many more.. all translated. This list doesn't include all the non-Iranian fiction mentioned.. really, this book calls out for an index- between the political content and the literary content, the family content also of course.
The second content: Iran's history, 20th century. Fascinating look from the inside at the motifs and textures of the administration of Iran, from a person on the inside who herself - and/or her family - had contact with a wide range of people at the core of the country. This part was very illuminating for me. And not just about Iran, but also I imagine it can be extended to other Islam-based countries. For instance, this section, about life in Iran in the early Eighties: "Since almost all aspects of public life had been restricted or banned, out private domains took on the function of public forums. Our houses became our restaurants, bars, movie houses and theaters, concert halls, public forums on literature, the arts, and politics. True, these free zones were threatened constantly by a state that could at any time of day or night raid our houses and confiscate the alcohol, gambling cards, makeup forbidden books, and videos. They could arrest us on charges of immorality.And yet in those days there was a suppressed excitement that belied the anxiety and fear-- or, now that I think of it, perhaps the two fed off and strengthened each other. While the country was torn apart by war and besieged by repressive laws, daily arrests, and executions, beneath the surface, just underground, there were mutinous acts and shows of resistence that constantly frustrated and subverted teh powers of the state. An act as normal and mundane as having a party with men and women where drinks were serve, music was played, and perhpas a movie was watched.. had to be undertaken with caution, curtains drawn, so that it became something very special, like a stolen eclair." - I can't help but wonder if that captures a flavor that - atleast in part - is also tasted at various times in countries like Pakistan, perhaps Saudi Arabia, Iraq, etc.. Azar also made clear how various forces came together to result in the overthrow of the Shah, nearly 100% of which were disappointed by the outcomes. Almost had echoes of Hitler's rise - people not listening to the clearly-available actual plan of the Ayatollah, instead hearing only that part of his mesage that suited their needs. Very dangerous, again. The third content of this book is Azar's family: and it could be said to be the core of the book. Any female who thinks she has a difficult relationship with her mother could try this one on for size, I think she'll find trading doesn't appeal. All the members of her family and close friends are well-drawn and complex. The pacing didn't always suit me, but I believe it did serve the content well.
So, three distinct contents, knitted together into an intricate tapestry reminiscent of beloved Persian artwork. All three are present from page one to the end, all three support the other two alternating with taking their own spot in the limelight. Really a fascinating work. (less)
Sounds interesting, and the sex industry is one of those things optimally to know about (and talk about) or not talk about (if ignorant). Since the we...moreSounds interesting, and the sex industry is one of those things optimally to know about (and talk about) or not talk about (if ignorant). Since the wellbeing of women is preferable to me, doing the math... I guess that means being un-ignorant to the extent possible.
Also the writing sounds really well done, and there might be a film in process. And if I like it, there's more; although sounds like people liked this one better than the other two (plus one more in production possibly).(less)
I am so glad that he wrote about that city and its murders, I'd heard about it and been quietly upset that more wasn't being done. He both answers tha...moreI am so glad that he wrote about that city and its murders, I'd heard about it and been quietly upset that more wasn't being done. He both answers that need and has already acted on that same need very powerfully. (less)