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Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad (Funny in Farsi #2)

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In the bestselling memoir Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in Laughing Without an Accent, sharing stories both tender and humorous on being a citizen of the world, on her well-meaning family, and on amusing cultural conundrums, all told with insights int ...more
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Villard (first published 2008)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad (Funny in Farsi #2), Firoozeh Dumas
عنوانها: خندیدن بدون لهجه؛ بدون لهجه خندیدن؛ نویسنده: فیروزه جزایری دوما (فیروزه دوما)؛ انتشارتیها: باغ نو، نشر جمهوری؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: نوزدهم نوامبر سال 2011 میلادی
عنوان: خندیدن بدون لهجه؛ فیروزه جزایری دوما؛ مترجم: نیلا والا؛ تهران، نشر باغ نو، 1389، در 327 ص؛ شابک: 9789647425452؛ موضوع: سرگذشتنامه امریکائیان ایرانی تبار قرن 21 م
عنوان: بدون لهجه خندیدن؛ نویسنده: فیروزه دوما؛
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Mohadese
نثر شیرینی داره اما احساس میکنم یه جاهایی درست قضاوت نمیکنه یا هنوز داره تفکرات ایران قدیم رو بیان میکنه و با امریکا مقایسه میکنه اما چیز دیگه ای هم هست که واقعا سعی کرده ایران رو خوب جلوه بده
به نظرم عطرسنبل_عطرکاج دوست داشتنی تر بود
خیلی کتاب شلوغیه! اگر کتابش یه محور خاص داشت یا حداقل ترتیب زمانی داشت فکر میکنم بهتر بود، بیشتر شبیه دفترچه خاطراتیه ک از سر حوصله سر نرفتن نوشته شده تا یه کتاب!
پ.ن: ایده خونه بی تلویزیونش رو بسی دوست داشتم!
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
I enjoyed this book – it’s an entertaining memoir-in-essays by an Iranian-American author about her life, family, and navigating two cultures. Her book titles may be doing her a disservice by treating humor as her primary selling point; I would call this book amusing, humorous, and enjoyable but not laugh-out-loud funny. Of course humor is individual, and the stories are good enough to enjoy even if you don't find them hilarious.

There are a lot of good stories here. I enjoyed reading about the a
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Fahime
Jul 31, 2017 marked it as to-read
تا به حال دو بار این کتاب رو خریدم، اما ندارمش و نخوندمش. بار اول نسخه ی زبان اصلی کتاب رو، دو سه سال پیش، از کتابفروشی افرا خریدم. همان روز دوست عزیزی کتاب رو دستم دید و کنجکاو شد، در لحظه هدیه دادم. بار دوم، حدود یک سال بعد، ترجمه ی کتاب رو با عنوان خنده ی لهجه ندار خریدم. تا دو سه هفته فرصت نکردم بخونم. دوستی قرض گرفت و هیچ وقت پس نداد :( ...more
Niloo N
Jan 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ريلى؟! ريلى خانم جزايرى؟! واقعا بايد اينطورى مى بود؟ (فعل جايگزينى پيدا نکردم براش!)
کتاب هييييچى نداشت! :|
ميدونم که خيلى بده که قبل خوندن يه کتاب توقع داشته باشم ازش, ولى ديگه فکر نمى کردم انقدر بد باشه!
من عاشق عطر سنبل عطر کاج بودم - به معناى واقعى کلمه عاشق! - و اصلا نمى تونم درک کنم که نويسنده اون کتاب با اين, يکى ه!
صرفا يه سرى ماجراها رو روايت کرد و فکر کرد چون داستان هاى ساده زندگى هستن خيلى ئم جذابن! ولى واقعا نبودن!!
خيلى ناراضى بودم ازش؛ ن-ا-ر-ا-ض-ى
Nadi Ghaffari
Apr 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: فیکشن
مزخرف.حقیقتن بد بود...
ترجمه هم واقعن الکن و نارسا.خوشحالم پولشو ندادم...
Fahime
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: فیدیبو
من ترجمه ی غلامرضا امامی از انتشارات هرمس رو خوندم و چندان راضی نبودم.
به نظرم اصلا به خوبی عطر سنبل، عطر کاج نبود. سانسور هم زیاد داشت.
Mina kh
Dec 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
هرچه قدر کتاب اول خانم جزایری رو دوست داشتم این کتاب ناامیدم کرد. به نظرم میاد بعد از موفقیت کتاب عطر سنبل عطر کاج این کتاب برای کسب شاید همون محبوبیت و شاید برای فروش کردن نوشته شده ولی خب اصلا قابل مقایسه نیستند. یه ایراد دیگه که میتونم بگم این بود به نظر میاد کتاب جوری نوشته شده که هر دو مخاطب ایرانی و آمریکایی رو جذب کنه و بعضی جاها برام توضیح واضحات بود مثل توضیح برخی غذاها یا رسم و رسومات و ... اینا شاید برای مخاطب آمریکایی دلچسب باشه ولی برای من نه. چیزی که باعث آزار ذهن میشد٬ نامرتب بودن ...more
Sadaf Matinkhoo
It's a shame that Firoozeh wrote a sequel to Funny in Farsi.. I wish she had just left it there! This was not a good book in my opinion. She tried too hard to recover -or maybe even create- memories from Iran. the stories were simply not interesting enough.

It had some funny and interesting parts to be fair. I liked the last two chapters -the interview and the questions to discuss- in particular.
Mahdi Rahimi
فرانک مجیدی: چند وقت بود دنبال خواندن داستانهای کوتاه ایرانی بودم. مثل آنهایی که «گلی ترقی» مینویسد، یا با طعم خوش شوخطبعی «فیروزه جزایری دوما». «عطر سنبل، عطر کاج»، جزو کتابهایی است که هرگز فراموشش نمیکنم. یکی از عادات من این است که عین جغد، زیر چراغخواب و ساعت دو و نیم شب به بعد، بنشینم و کتاب بخوانم! اتفاقاً در تاریکی و سکوت تمرکزم در خواندن خیلی بالا میرود. وقتی یاد داستان لاغر کردن عمو در این کتاب میافتم و اینکه نصفهشبی چقدر خندیدم، خاطرهای شیرین مثل عسل در ذهنم روشن میشود. اتفاقاً متوجه شد ...more
Arghavan
Dec 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: هیچ‌کس.
Shelves: داریم
واقعاً بد. واقعاً واقعاً واقعاً بد. :|
از موضوعِ روایتها گرفته تا ترجمهی فاجعهبارش. حتّی یک بار روخونی نشدهبود از روی متن یحتمل.
کاملاً خورد توی ذوقم. «عطر سنبل، عطر کاج» خیلی قشنگتر و تمیزتر و بامزهتر از این بود. جاهایی از «عطر سنبل، عطر کاج» بود که بلندبلند میخندیدم. ولی این؟
واقعاً بد. حرفی ندارم.
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shahriyar.ag
از نظر من این کتاب یکم بهتر از کتاب "خنده دار به فارسی" بود
این دو تا کتاب شامل خاطره های نویسنده از زندگی در ایران و آمریکا به عنوان یک ایرانی هست
بعضی از این خاطرات جالب هستن و بعضی هاشون هم اصلا جالب نیستن، مثه فیلم زیر نویس شده ، یک سری از شوخی هایی که در زبان انگلیسی هست رو نمیشه به فارسی ترجمه کرد و من فکر می کنم که گاهی اوقات جالب نبودن یا نامفهوم بودن بعضی از خاطره ها به همین دلیله
در کل کتاب نسبتا خوبیه و ارزش یک بار خوندن رو داره
Shayda Salarvand
May 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
اصلن توصیه ش نمی کنم... یه مشت خاطره ی لوسه.. البته من ترجمه ی فارسی شو خوندم چون انگلیسیشو پیدا نکردم.. ترجمه ش خیلی خیلی بد بود
Nooshin
انگار یه عصر بشینی با رفیقِ از فرنگ برگشتت وقت بگذرونی.
زهرا غفاری
اصلا دوستش نداشتم. خاطره ها لوس و لحن بلاتکلیف و تکلیف نویسنده با خودش نامشخص بود.
داستان ها عموما خاطره هایی بودن بی هدف که نویسنده احتمالا خودش هم قصدش رو از تعریف کردنشون نمی دونست؛ چه برسه به خواننده.
Paula
Aug 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I was so disappointed in this. I'm surprised Dumas has been able to make a living as a writer, because, while she has wonderful material to start with, she doesn't seem to know what to do with it. There's no grace to her writing, no artistry. She relates each story as though she's telling it to a friend she just bumped into in the grocery store, complete with backtracks and repeats as she tries to fill in the details. Towards the end of the book, she does seem to attempt to provide some moral to ...more
Margot
Firoozeh Dumas has done it again--her gentle humor is revealed through each of the short stories detailing her life experiences as an Iranian-American, and the quirks of her extended, supportive family. Sort of like a female, Iranian-American David Sedaris with a little less bite.

Here are some of my favorite parts:
"When Farshid and I arrived at the library, we went into a huge room filled with children's books. I had never seen so many books just for children in one place. I picked the smallest
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Caitlinleah
this book had no dead mothers in it but it still made me miss my mom so much. i wished i had read it while still living at home because this was a book i would have practically read aloud to her in high school. It's so funny in a way that just begs to be shared. and when it's not its being sentimental in the BEST way possible. my only complaint is that it's a series of short stories instead of a complete narrative which is really a pity because i want to know all the details. Also, there is only ...more
Kerry
Apr 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
So I think you can imagine that an Iranian immigrant married to a French gentleman with a large extended family who has lived in the Berkeley, CA area might have some funny stories to tell. She does! Her book is personable, smart and fun. It also certainly had me pegged as a Westerner who has no interest in drinking bovine urine. I am somewhat adventurous in my culinary and gastronomic indulgences, but I hope never to have to drink pee from any animal.
بثينة الإبراهيم
هذا الكتاب الثاني للمؤلفة، وتبدو هنا مختلفة قليلًا. حس الفكاهة ما زال حاضرًا لديها لكنه لم يكن بالقوة ذاتها كما في الكتاب الأول، هنا تفرد الفصول للحديث عن تجاربها هي وبالطبع لا بد أن يكون الأب حاضرًا، الأب الذي كان بطل الجزء الأول تقريبًا. أحببته وأكثر ما أحبه في هذه الكاتبة (بعد كتابين) أنها بسيطة ومتصالحة مع ذاتها ...
Gisoo
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
چند تا از خاطرات و ماجراهایی که حتما از نظر نویسنده اون قدر بانمک و جالب بودن که وارد کتاب شدن از جانب من فقط یه "خب که چی؟" نصیبشون می شد
البته این کتاب باعث میشه خوشحال باشم از این که در خانواده ما کسی وجود نداره که اتفاقاتی که برامون میفته رو وارد کتابش کنه :D
Annie
Nov 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
دلیل دوست نداشتنم صرفا ترجمه بود. به نظر میرسید مترجمش تاحالا کار ترجمه داستان انجام نداده. فعل های غلط، جمله های بی نهایت ادبی به سبک قدیمی و ... اینا باعث میشد هیچ لذتی ازش نبری.
Norouzi
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لبخند_بي_لهجه كتابي سراسر #طنز از #فيروز_جزايري #نويسنده #ايراني تبار كه به همراه #خانواده در كودكي به #امريكا #مهاجرت مي كند.بسيار #جذاب و #خواندني است و حتما به دوستان #پيشنهاد مي كنم، اين دومين اثر وي است كه كيفيت نگارش ان بسيار بهتر شده است، اولين #كتاب ايشان #عطر_سنبل_عطر_كاج بود كه بسيار مورد استقبال قرار گرفت.كتابي كه از خواندن و هديه دادن ان هـيچ وقت پشيمان نخواهيد شد. من به شخصه اين اثر را بارها هديه داده ام و بازخوردهاي خوبي گرفته ام.
این کتاب انعکاسی از نگاه جذاب و طنزآمیز نویسنده به ز
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Kristina
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I found "Funny in Farsi" funnier, I enjoyed the stories in this installment more enjoyable and ones I could relate to more.

this time we get to experience even more of her personal life, both growing up and after being married, and how she had to deal with Parents from a very different culture than what they were living in. The story of her mother, husband and the bright red bedspread had me giggling to no end. Her realization that Jewish Mothers and Iranian Mothers are the same creature, j
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Kristi Green
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoy Firoozeh Dumas! Her writing is humorous but insightful. When you read any of her novels or essays, you'll know more about what it's really like to be an immigrant. If you want to know what the Iran Hostage Crisis was like for everyday Iranians, be sure to read the essay entitled "444 Days."
She writes, "The Bible is foreign to me, but its concepts are not. My father always said that hatred is a waste and never an option. He learned this growing up in Ahwaz, Iran in a Muslim household.
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Todd Tyrtle
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have loved everything this author has written - even a recent article on pain management. This is no exception. She has a unique perspective, having straddled two different cultures in the midst of changeful times on both sides...
2js2as
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny observations about life in American from a foreign (Iranian) point of view along with stories about the author's family. Funny book!
Elaheh
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مثل کتاب قبلی فیروزه مهاجری (عطر سنبل عطر کاج) بسیار دوستش داشتم. نثر روون، جذاب و پر کشش و نگاه به گوشههای زندگی اجتماعی از دیدگاهی جدید. بسیار لذت بخش بود خواندنش ...more
Eva Lynch
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I usually don't read memoir type books. It was engaging and I enjoyed her approach to American culture- it was humbling to be reminded that America is often a sought after homeland.
Ghazaleh
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اگر عطر سنبل عطر کاج رو دوست داشتید از این کتاب هم لذت می برید.
اسم و طرح جلد لبخند بی لهجه قشنگ تره بنظرم. لبخند بی لهجه انگار یه تناقض هست در انتخاب اسم کتاب.
دو فرهنگ متفاوت ایرانی و آمریکایی/اروپای که در ظاهر با هم فرق دارند، در بروز رفتارها با هم متفاوتن ولی ریشه های انسانی مشابهی دارند. لبختد بی لهجه بنظرم در خودش همه این معانی رو در بر میگیره. لبخند بی لهجه، لبخندی که نه برای فرهنگ غربی هست و نه فرهنگ شرقی، فقط یک لبخنده به رنگ بنفش.
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Firoozeh Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran and moved to Whittier, California at the age of seven. After a two-year stay, she and her family moved back to Iran and lived in Ahvaz and Tehran. Two years later, they moved back to Whittier, then to Newport Beach. Firoozeh then attended UC Berkeley where she met and married a Frenchman.
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“Ever since we had arrived in the United States, my classmates kept asking me about magic carpets.
- They don't exist-I always said. I was wrong. Magic carpets do exist. But they are called library cards.”
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“The bible is foreign to me, but its concepts are not. My father always said that hatred is a waste and never an option. He learned this growing up in Ahwaz, Iran, in a Muslim household. I have tried my best to pass the same message to my children, born and raised in the United States. Ultimately, it doesn't matter where we learn that lesson. It's just important that we do.” 8 likes
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