Reading "Lolita" in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
10 journalers for this copy...
This is an extremely well written book that gives the reader an inside look into Iran from the seventies to modern day. It describes once again how the political situation in a country affects people's lives in many many ways. The author has managed to use her knowledge and love of the novel, her great insight, and her life experiences in Iran, to bring us, the reader, an understanding of what life is like for women, for writers, for all who chose freedom of expression, and for those who are only carrying on their everyday life in this country. It also shows us the wonder and also the relevence of fiction. It gives us an imaginary world as well as helping us to view our own world. This book left me feeling sad and angry, but so so appreciative of the freedoms I enjoy and the choices open to me in my country. I am very happy that this author was able to leave and to write her book. I highly recommend this.
The list is as follows:
max9(MrsJennings now) (UK)
conto (Portugal) <----IT'S HERE
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
This book is now on its way to kihli by surface mail. It should take about a month to reach there. Enjoy!
getting ready to travel to the next participant,thanks loveamystery!
Released 11 yrs ago (4/16/2007 UTC) at
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
sending it to malagan together with the wonderful bookmark it had when it arrived to me...
My favourite quote was "A great novel heightens your senses and sensitivity to the complexities of life and of individuals, and prevents you from the self-righteousness that sees morality in fixed formulas about good and evil"- I think this quote really nails down what I thought was an essential message in this novel: everyone is an individual, and no one is wholly good or wholly evil, even if they might seem to be so at first glance. I think this novel beautifully illustrated the complexity of life and how one's individual choices shape how people see you.
On its way to moontree in the UK as of today!
A fascinating insight into life in Iran.
Jesmongirl has asked to be skipped, so this is going in the post to Mallary in the next few days.
Sorry, maybe I was in the wrong frame of mind!
Thanks for sharing it though.
Soon be on it's way to ecossaise in Germany.
Hopefully it will reach ecossaise very soon.
It seems I'm the last one on this ring (am I right?) therefore I won't rush, as I'm going through a piece of difficult literature at the moment and I would prefer to not put it down just yet or I'm afraid I won't find the courage to get to it again soon and it's a book I really wanted to read. Anyway, I think I won't take much more than the one month length to send it home again.
I must say I was a bit afraid of this being just another “poor veiled women in an Islamic country” kind of thing, which is a genre I don’t appreciate. As a matter of fact, it is not: it’s more about the author's experience of teaching literature and interacting with the students, while placing those experiences within the context of the times in Iran and it is beautifully written, educational, both literarily and historically and I found it to be not a very easy or light read but very inspiring.
Before this book I didn't know anything or close to that, about Iran and I still don't know how much of it is faithful to historical events as they took place as well as how much one can generalize about the Iranians and their lives based on this book. Still, I was captivated by Dr. Nafisi's memories and those “small” things like the description of people starved for cultural experiences willing to endure hours of silence and immobility simply to listen to an amateur band playing music or willing to queue for hours for a ticket to watch a film both extensively censored and in a language they didn’t understand, of people who being unable to express their emotions, find their only safe outlet to be in political rallies and wild expressions of their faith, of the non-muslim establishments required to display "religious minority" in order to protect the faithful from contamination.
I think I must try and find this book so that I can buy it for myself, as I wish to review some of it while reading or re-reading some of the works it talks about, from James, Nabokov, Bellow or Austen (though I don’t thing I’ll go back to Fitzgerald). I also wish I had copied some parts while reading, as some made so much sense to me, but it’s always a hard work to do while reading in transports or in bed at night.
Finally, thank you so very much loveamistery, for the opportunity to read such a terrific book. I’ll be sending you a PM asking for your address, so that this one can return home after it’s travels!
PS - Afterwards, loveamystery told me not to send the book back. I'll have another opportunity to go back to it. Thank you so much!
But once more, it was also the love of literature and the way the fiction is presented in parallel with real life, giving a very interesting vision of those classics, one I would never have grabbed by myself.
Many thanks, conto, for allowing me to discover yet another country through books.
Will read it as soon as I finish the one I'm reading.
Strangely, given the title, what sometimes bored me more was the constant reference to literature. I think that I prefered a straightforward book about Iran rather than trying to catch the readers attention to the similarities about fiction and reality. But that’s my fault, since what the author is a literature teacher and writes about her experience.
That’s why I read the that last pages with the enthusiasm of the beginning. Its again more about Mrs Nafisi students, their lives, their future. About real life.
I now, conto, shall I send the book back to you, so you can pass to any of your travel companions or shall I pass it to another bookcrosser of your choice? Wait for you comments – and your arrival ☺
It's with S right now...