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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
    (479)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (138)

    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 says: "A wonderful story"
    "Just goes to show. . ."
    Overall

    Unlike other reviewers, I loved the literary references, the lyrical quality of the narrator's voice (the r's are particularly exotic and lulling), and the meandering chapters written in a poet's language. But what I appreciated most, at a time when understanding Middle Eastern cultures is so important, is how it brought the Islamic revolution in Iran to life and helped me understand the cultural and political underpinnings.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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