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Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
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Aug 26, 2009

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bookshelves: book-club-books, non-fiction-memiors
Recommended to Jeana by: Erin Jensen
Read in September, 2009

This memoir started out strong and ended strong; the problem was the inbetween. To be honest, I didn't really mind all the literary criticism as I had read most of these books (and at least a book by each of the authors in question). And I didn't mind the anecdotes about politics and all the horrible things that happened to the people Nafisi knew.

The problem comes somewhere in the writing style; the writing is just dry. The author actually alludes to the fact that because she's written so much literary criticism that most of her writing comes out a little dry. But even if the author admits this, it doesn't make it easier or more fun to read. I feel like the author tells a lot of stories but doesn't string them together in an interesting way. In addition, there were too many small characters that I had difficulty keeping straight.

I did find the story interesting on some levels, but it just lacked the execution even though the initial idea was a good one. I feel for the trials Nafisi went through, but wish I could relate to her a little more emotionally.

I have to say that one issue in the book made me think a lot--and that was what makes a book moral or immoral? This question makes for a very interesting discussion.

On a personal side note, I find the idea that the Iranian government chose to take away all options for the people to commit sins (become so evil like Americans) a bit like Satan's plan to MAKE everyone be good. To veil the women because the men couldn't control their own lust is just plain ridiculous. Take accountability for yourselves for crying out loud!

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Reading Progress

08/26/2009 page 48
13.48% "Reading the first section of this book while reading Nabakov's Lolita is interesting (kind of like being in college again)."
09/01/2009 page 340
95.51% "I only have 20 pages to go--I'll get it done by tonight."
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message 1: by Crystal (new) - added it

Crystal I've heard this is a great book. I almost brought it for my book club choice once.

Jeana So far it's pretty academic; I'm not sure many people would like it. In some places, it reads like an academic paper (I find it interesting just because I'm reading Lolita along with it.)

message 3: by Crystal (new) - added it

Crystal Really? I guess it's good I didn't bring it then...

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