I enjoyed this book so much that I ended up reading it twice within a short period of time. Roxana Saberi's inheritance of her father's writing skillsI enjoyed this book so much that I ended up reading it twice within a short period of time. Roxana Saberi's inheritance of her father's writing skills coupled with her extensive education in journalism and linguistics, make her a natural writer at heart. Although over 300 pages, 'Between Two Worlds' is a very quick read simply due to being one of those rare books that's very hard to put down, especially if one is somewhat familiar with the details of the writer's arrest and captivity. Also, the book will certainly appeal to her numerous international fans and those who admire Saberi's unwavering humanitarian work. Roxana's embracement of her Iranian roots and her resulting confidence in herself as a true American are quite refreshing when compared to other first-generation US children of foreign-born parents, many of whom choose to dishearteningly suppress and hide their background. Saberi's book skillfully navigates the reader through the physical, emotional and spiritual trials that she faced as a result of her unjust captivity in Iran. She also shines an honest light on the struggles of her brave cellmates that do not have the fortune of being a US citizen nor benefit from international attention toward their cases. While fully claiming her Iranian heritage, she never caused me any doubt regarding her complete allegiance to her county of birth, the United States.
Roxana takes you through all the stages of fear, self doubt, regret and ultimate redemption with the humble honesty of a person who's had an epiphany as a result of the ordeal she lived through, and proudly ended up with a lifelong conviction to be a free voice for the politically oppressed. The book was a magnificent read, having been written with the expertise of a trained writer as opposed to a journalist. Throughout the stages of her captivity, her reliance and faith in God almighty, as opposed to a singular religion is heartwarming and quite uplifting. The only thing that left me wishing for more was that as a reader, it felt natural to seek some closure regarding some of the subjects that were left open-ended, such as her post-release emotional condition, the challenges she faced during her re-integration into the west (subsequent to living in Iran for six years) and the fate of her relationship with her boyfriend (while a very popular search on Google, oddly no information is available on this topic). I felt that since the book was published nearly a year after her release, there was sufficient time to conclude that these were obvious topics of interest to her followers.
Overall, I consider 'Between Two Worlds' to be an excellent book and I keep recommending it to family and friends, eagerly doing so since this book is not only a testament to the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, but also a homage to the plight of the Iranian people today, whose rich culture, proud history and political situation are also touched-upon in this great work by Ms. Saberi, without losing focus of the story. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to new works from this author, including her original book on Iran's people, which happens to be the project she was working on prior to her arrest in 2009... ...more