Reading "Lolita" in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

by Azar Nafisi | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 081297106x Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAntof9wing of Lakewood, Colorado USA on 3/20/2007
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingAntof9wing from Lakewood, Colorado USA on Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Pre-numbered label used for registration.

Everyone says you don't need to read have read Lolita to read this book, but if you haven't read that, and a bunch of other stuff referred to in this book, you might get a teeny bit frustrated.

I started my copy of this ages ago, and decided that since I'd never read any Nabokov, why not read Lolita before going any further in this book? So that's what I did. I even read Lolita, and got totally sidetracked and never picked this one up again.

But all along, I said that I'd do a bookring of the two books together. Well, even though I haven't finished my copy of this, I found this good-condition copy at Goodwill last night, and now I can put that ring together!

Journal Entry 2 by wingAntof9wing from Lakewood, Colorado USA on Saturday, March 31, 2007
I finally did it!

I set up a bookring with this book and Lolita, after many and long ago discussions. This book will begin its travels with its partner next Friday or Saturday.

Fifna/the Netherlands
brunton11/Salford (UK)
HINERANGI/South Australia
cat207/NSW Australia
LadyKnightNiko/Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
UnwrittenLibra/Baltimore, MD
nerdybookgirl/Knoxville, TN, USA
SKingList/South Nyack, NY, USA

Journal Entry 3 by JamsODonnellToo from Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Got it today together with Lolita and a surprise :D Thanks Antof9!

Journal Entry 4 by bluecat07 from Karben, Hessen Germany on Monday, June 25, 2007
Both books just arrived. Thanks for sending them, JamsODonnellToo! I have some other bookrings here which need to be read first but I hope I get to read these books here quite soon!.-)

Journal Entry 5 by bluecat07 from Karben, Hessen Germany on Saturday, August 18, 2007
Just finished this book and it was an interesting read.

The book is now on its way to Fifna.

Thanks for this double ring, Antof!

Journal Entry 6 by wingFifnawing from Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, August 30, 2007
Arrived safely, thanks bluecat07!

Journal Entry 7 by wingFifnawing from Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, October 13, 2007
Interesting book, and it really helped having read Lolita first. Great idea to make them a double ring, thanks Antof9! The sections which referred to books I hadn't read were tougher going than, say, the sections on Lolita, or the chapter on Jane Austen. She does explain about the books she discusses, so it wouldn't be impossible to read this book without prior knowledge, but it definitely helps.
It took me a while to finish; it's just one of those books that doesn't go very fast, but I certainly enjoyed it. Sent both books on their way to brunton11 today.

Journal Entry 8 by wingbrunton11wing from Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Arrived today - Thanks for sharing :)

Journal Entry 9 by wingbrunton11wing from Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Monday, December 10, 2007
What an interesting read - I enjoyed learning more about what was happening in Iran during the 80s/90s and the impact the various regimes had on every day life. Having read The Great Gatsby recently was a bonus in Chapter 2!

Thanks for sharing and giving me the opportunity to read a couple of books I probably wouldn't have chosen to buy myself.

Hinerangi has asked to be skipped. I have address details for cat207 and will get both books in the post to her tomorrow.

Journal Entry 10 by cat207 from Gladstone, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Arrived with its travelling partner in today's mail. Thank you brunton11 - for the Christmas card, too - and Antof9 for sharing. X

Journal Entry 11 by cat207 from Gladstone, Queensland Australia on Friday, January 11, 2008
This wasn't quite the lightness we were expecting, was it? I found it to be rather monotonous. The continual jumping between times and characters made it hard to follow, but I do agree that having read 'Lolita' first made the earlier chapters more interesting.

Thanks Antof9 - a great idea sending the two books out together.

Off to LadyKnightNiko (what a beautiful name!) in tomorrow's mail.

Journal Entry 12 by LadyKnightNiko from Liberty Township, Ohio USA on Wednesday, January 23, 2008
This was waiting for me in my mailbox today. I will go ahead and ask for the next reader's address, and pass on when I finish.

Thanks antof9 for sharing, and cat207 for sending this to me.

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On to nerdybookgirl!

Journal Entry 14 by LadyKnightNiko from Liberty Township, Ohio USA on Sunday, January 27, 2008
I definately liked this one better than Lolita, but I felt at times it dragged a bit. There were certain things that the author felt the need to tell her reader that I felt weren't all that important to the story she was trying to tell.

However, I'm very glad I read this one- thanks for sharing, Antof9! Unwritten Libra has asked to be skipped, so I will mail these to nerdybookgirl before German in the morning.

Journal Entry 15 by nerdybookgirl from Knoxville, Tennessee USA on Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I just got this one two days ago and hope to get to it soon!

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