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Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat
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Jun 14, 2012

really liked it
Read in August, 2011

I am probably about to make a lot of enemies with this review, goes...

Also, SPOILER ALERT...I am going to give away some of the plot here.

I did not care for the main character and felt she was a bit of a whiner. Okay, fair enough she lost her freedom, was forced into a marriage she did not want, lived in a country under war, was penalized for her religious and political beliefs and was sexually assaulted, but I felt she could've made better decisions most of the time.

I know some will argue that her husband was just a sadistic rapist, but I think people need to keep in mind that how women are treated is viewed very differently in other countries and he was just victim to his own religious and political upbringing. He did treat her as well as could be expected and she never returned the favor with even the slightest respect or kindness. So, I had a hard time relating to her, particularly with her cold response to his death.

Still a very interesting memoire however, so I rated it a 4.
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