The Bathhouse

by Farnoosh Moshiri | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0807083577 Global Overview for this book
Registered by guinaveve of Mason, Ohio USA on 8/21/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Sunday, August 21, 2005
Edited on March 30, 2007 to add-
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Written 8-21-05
I went to Half Priced Books in search of The Time Travelers Wife or The Kite Runner to give to my mother-in-law for her birthday. I have read both and thought they were great, and I think she would too. Of course, it wasn't in, but I did find this book which looks very interesting also. I am going to read it and give it to her (we exchange used books as gifts often) although she is not a bookcrosser. She tends to pass her books around, so maybe someone else who ends up reading it will journal it.

Journal Entry 2 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Tuesday, September 06, 2005
I read the book and have decided not to give it to my mother-in-law for her birthday. It is an intriguing story that I couldn't put down, but it was also heartbreaking. She says she doesn't like sad stuff, so I guess I will have to find somewhere else for this book to journey to.

Journal Entry 3 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Thursday, September 08, 2005
I have decided to send this book out on a journey as a bookray. It received 4 stars, the most available, on reviews on Amazon. Here is the blurb from the back-

With intense emotion and great literary skill, Farnoosh Moshiri has written one of the most moving novels to come out in years. This story begins with the arrest of a seventeen year old girl in the early days of the fundamentalist revolution in Iran. Imprisoned because of her brother's involvement with the leftist politics, she is placed in a makeshift jail, a former bathhouse, in which other women are held captive. Based on interviews with several Iranian women who had been imprisoned in such a place, The Bathhouse documents their torment but also their courage and humanity in the face of tyrants.

PARTICIPANT LIST
KarenZero (prefers US, anywhere if needed)
wyldewomin (In MA, ship anywhere)
1stlite (In US, ship anywhere)
Ilios (In US, ship US/Canada)
ProfWendi (Canada, ship anywhere)
okyrhoe (in Athens Greece, ship anywhere)
amberC (in Australia, Aussie shipping)
sydney2259 (in Australia, Aussie shipping)
Frangipanis (in Australia, Aussie shipping)
aleonblue (in Australia, ship anywhere)
Hengameh (in Iran, ship anywhere)
Bulan-Purnama (in Oregan, US ship)
guinaveve (in US)

Released 14 yrs ago (9/8/2005 UTC) at Fellow BookCrosser in Postal release, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases

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I am sending this off to the first ray participant. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 5 by KarenZero from Maplewood, New Jersey USA on Friday, September 16, 2005
Just caught - thanks Guinaveve! Will read ASAP. Looks like a good one!

Journal Entry 6 by KarenZero from Maplewood, New Jersey USA on Monday, September 26, 2005
This was a quick read, in part because the language was so simple, but also because it's hard to put it down! The story of the narrator is sad and compelling, and she is a sympathetic character that any woman can identify with to some extent. Overall, an interesting and sad read!

Will send to the next reader ASAP!

9/27: just waiting for wyldewomin's address.

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Off to the next reader!

Journal Entry 8 by wyldewomin from East Bridgewater, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, November 24, 2005
Sorry for not registering it sooner. It got snowed under a pile. It should leave my hands tomorrow.

Released 13 yrs ago (11/25/2005 UTC) at Post Office in to a bookcrosser, a postal release -- Controlled Releases

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Incredibly disturbing, esp the ending. It is difficult to understand the level of cruelty that humans visit upon each other in the name of religion.

Thanks for sharing

Journal Entry 10 by 1stlite from Forsyth, Montana USA on Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Came in the mail today. Wonderful timing, was just looking for something to read. Will start this now.

Journal Entry 11 by 1stlite from Forsyth, Montana USA on Friday, December 02, 2005
Just finished, a pretty quick read. I am always amazed at the depth of cruelty that man can accomplish.

The pain inflicted on this woman with no regret seen is horrifying. Unfortunately, this happens in so many areas of the world.

Good book, would recommend to anyone to see how low man can go.

Thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 12 by 1stlite from Forsyth, Montana USA on Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Going in the mail to Ilios today.

Journal Entry 13 by Ilios from Tampa, Florida USA on Friday, December 16, 2005
I just received this book today. I am very excited because today was my last exam of the semester. I expect to get to this book in a couple of days. Thank you for sharing this, and merry Xmas to all!

Journal Entry 14 by Ilios from Tampa, Florida USA on Sunday, January 08, 2006
I finished this book last night, and as other BXers before me mentioned it, it was hard to put down. This is a quick read and a very important read, for all of us who do not have to live in a religious dictatorship.

Of course, this book is tragic, sad, and the situations these women endure are repulsive and unacceptable. But the saddest part was to realize that that country's options were all equivalent: the monarchy used the same techniques to quiet dissidents than the islamic republic, and interestingly enough, the same techniques would have been used, had a socialist dictatorship come to life, as Hamid stated wisely before being executed.

What I take away from this read is that no matter what your ideology is (socialist, islamic, or monarchist), if it does not involve democracy and respect for human rights, it is worthless and no better than your enemy's ideology.

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Mailing out to ProfWendi today via airmail. Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 16 by ProfWendi from Oakville, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Wheeeee a book in my mailbox! I've really been looking forward to reading this one...

Loved the big alligator postcard, "Anytime is snacktime in Flordia!" LOL Thanks, Ilios! :)

Journal Entry 17 by ProfWendi from Oakville, Ontario Canada on Thursday, February 23, 2006
I read the book shortly after I received it, but haven't had the time to journal it until now..!

I picked up the book one morning while I was waiting for a bus to run some errands, and didn't put it down until I was finished it. Didn't bother doing the errands; they just didn't seem so important. What an incredible book. A remarkable technique - the writer giving such powerful political commentary through the eyes and experiences of an unnamed young woman. I also found many of the scenes intense and evocative, such was the writer's ability to involve the reader. The book leaves you with many ethical, political, and thoughtful questions.

Off to okyrhoe in Greece...

Journal Entry 18 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Friday, May 12, 2006
Arrived at my PO Box today. Thanks guinaveve & ProfWendi!

Journal Entry 19 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Thursday, June 01, 2006
The quiet endurance of the nameless girl as she suffers the indignities of captivity is unsettling to read about. One wishes she would react at some point, either by reason or by insanity, as some of her fellow prisoners did.

Although she does construct meaning out of her ordeal - as the first person narrator she is 'writing' an account that is considerably more substantial than her superficial adolescent journals which are taken away from her upon her arrest - it is uncertain whether she matures enough to question the nature of her condition upon release from the tortures of the bathhouse. It seems to me she is thrown out onto the street, free to go home (wherever/whatever that might be), but without an adequate sense of self-awareness. Her consciousness is still captive, or at least, it has yet to be actualized.

Journal Entry 20 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Wednesday, June 07, 2006
It was waiting for me when i got home from work today. I have a few other bookrings at the moment but will get to this one before too ong.

Thankyou for the postcard, I will be taking it to school with me tomorrow. One of the classes i work with has been talking about houses in other countries and it is very appropriate. Haritos St (where i live until next month) is named after a Greek family.

Journal Entry 21 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Tuesday, June 20, 2006
A moving, important story. I finished this book yesterday and still can't put into words how this book has made me feel. I'm not yet ready to start another book, this one is still with me.

Thankyou for sharing guinaveve.

Posting to sydney2259 today.

Journal Entry 22 by sydney2259 on Friday, June 30, 2006
Received this week, it is next on the TBR pile, hope to move it along within a couple of weeks. Many thanks :)

Journal Entry 23 by sydney2259 on Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Somewhat disturbing in parts, but definately worth reading. Am now sending on to Frangipanis (formely known as tagzbyjulie) in Queensland, will post next week. Thanks for sharing...

Journal Entry 24 by frangipanis from Rockhampton, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, August 15, 2006
This book arrived today, and has been added to my TBR pile ... thanks ...

Journal Entry 25 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
An intruiging book that I found very hard to put down ... thanks for sharing ...

CAUGHT IN ROCKHAMPTON QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA

Journal Entry 26 by frangipanis from Rockhampton, Queensland Australia on Monday, September 04, 2006
I am forwarding this book to the next reader either tomorrow or the next day.

Journal Entry 27 by aleonblue from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Monday, September 18, 2006
I received this book late last week and finished reading it on the weekend. A very moving story which tells the tale of so many women (and men) who are political prisoners with very little reason, and treated so appallingly. A tragic, but very worthwhile read.

Thank to all for sharing the book.

Have PM's the next reader for an address.

Released 13 yrs ago (9/21/2006 UTC) at to the next participant in sent by post, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Posting this book off to the next read - in Iran! Thanks to all for sharing the book.

Journal Entry 29 by Hengameh from Tehran, Tehran Iran on Monday, December 18, 2006
the book is here. it has to wait cause i have two other books ahead of it.and between us, i'm afraid of reading the book and get more depressed(I live in Iran). anyway , thanks for sharing. i'll write more when i read the book.

Journal Entry 30 by Hengameh from Tehran, Tehran Iran on Tuesday, January 09, 2007
well, it's finished and i'm more depressed. it reminded me of those old days and of all these days that we have ahead. I don't like to write about politics and anything related to it that goes on in Iran. so , i choose to stay silent and just thank guinaveve for sharing.
it was a simple and fast read.

Journal Entry 31 by Bulan-Purnama from Springfield, Oregon USA on Friday, March 02, 2007
Finally, the book is here in Oregon arrived safely today! I will start right away and hope to finish before end of this month. Reading the journal, this book has travelled extensively around the globe. Thank you Hengameh for mailing the book.

Journal Entry 32 by Bulan-Purnama from Springfield, Oregon USA on Monday, March 12, 2007
I finished reading this book several days ago. But resisted myself to journal until the story I just read sunk in.

I found this story very disturbing. It is well written in simple language. An ideology derived from religion and mix in with politics is a recipe for disaster. Especially in this part of the world. At the end the reader will have a lasting memory of the narrator's horendous experienced in captivity. A book worth reading.

Thank you guinaveve for sharing this book. Mailing back to you this week.

Journal Entry 33 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Monday, March 26, 2007
This book is back in my hands. It has traveled so much, I am not sure what to do with it now. I think I might wild release it with a note in the front listing everywhere it has traveled. Hopefully that will intrigue the next finder enough to log on and journal the book.
Thanks to all of the participants. I hope you found the book interesting.

Journal Entry 34 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Friday, March 30, 2007
I made a note inside this book about all of its travels. Hopefully it will inspire the next finder to make a journal entry letting us know where it is now. I plan on leaving this book in Kentucky somewhere on Saturday.

Journal Entry 35 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Saturday, March 31, 2007
I tried to release this at Big Bone Lick State Park in Kentucky today, but my mom saw it and decided she wanted to read it. I gave it to her, and she is going to release somewhere when she is done.

Released 12 yrs ago (3/31/2007 UTC) at controlled release in n/a, given to family member -- Controlled Releases

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Gave to my mom.

Journal Entry 37 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Saturday, April 21, 2007
Once again, this book is back in my possession. My mom gave it back and said she couldn't get into it. I will release it elsewhere later.

Journal Entry 38 by guinaveve at TNT- Tumble, Cheer, and Dance in Maineville, Ohio USA on Saturday, September 29, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (9/26/2007 UTC) at TNT- Tumble, Cheer, and Dance in Maineville, Ohio USA

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