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Debora

An avid reader ever since I learned how, my mother used to say that if I could figure out how to read and drive a car at the same time, I would. Audible has allowed me to realize that aspiration.

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  • Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Azar Nafisi
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (185)

    For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious families; others were progressive and secular; several had spent time in jail.

    Jayne Kraemer says: "A wonderful story"
    "an extraordinary book"
    Overall

    Not only is the author's memoir of her life and that of her students in Iran fascinating, but their studies and discussions have inspired me (and at least 2 friends who also read Nafisi's book) to read or reread many of the works they discussed, and see so much we couldn't understand as high school or undergraduate students. I feel as though I too have become one of Professor Nafisi's students, and am thoroughly enjoying the experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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