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Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
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Mar 21, 2009

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I really enjoyed the first parts of the book. Then the stories evolved more about her relatives and her parents because she became too assimilated (in my opinion). The older generation still struggled with the move to the US but she was "Julie" with no accent.

I love that in Persian there are many names for relatives like "snow" for Eskimos, because relatives are your immediate family.

The story about Einstein commenting on the beautiful "Persian cats" was hilarious.

When I started reading the book I thought I could never write a book about my culture clashes. However her book ended like any writing I had in mind. How my life now is as an assimilated immigrant but still dealing with the multiple facets of being a foreigner.

Very enjoyable and light reading.

Thanks for the recommendation Andrew!

I have to add: At the end is a section of how her parents and her relatives reacted to the publishing of her book. It was almost my favorite part! No skipping!

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