I liked how honest and level headed author was. Although you recognize his bias
towards certain waves of Iranian opposition, his frank and very personal thoughts and emotions shared throughout the book does not imply a clear agenda. Which is exactly the weakness of khatami's supporters. Good liberal minded, peaceful people who write good novels but not a plan for a real effective change.
As a young woman who has recently left Iran, I cansay that the book gives a fairly true and accurate image of Iran these days under ahmedinegad. I like the emphasis of the author on "hagh"= the right of the people. Very clever observation and definitely a huge part of knowing Iranians.
Yes, rolling my eyes at 10% of the listen repeating Grey and Ana's email signatures, inner goddess doing some pose, and one exquisite feeling after another. This book tired me and the female character was not as intelligent as her GPA would suggest. Her naïveté at not guessing a lot of upcoming events and Grey's implications was annoying. " what? Another first?? He hasn't been in iHop with a woman before? Oh my!!!" very annoying. all the repetition gave me headaches.
I grew up in Iran, where the conflict in middle east was always the first headline of the news. With my country's faith being tied to this everlasting war, I always wanted to read more about it, but never came across a book that would answer my questions. This book starts way back in the history where this story had started. With his sermon like tone, James Carrol charms you through all corners of history, giving you a very deep understanding of religious roots of our historical/modern actions. I got to know characters of my religion from a different view. This book doesn't suggest a diplomatic solution for the conflict, it does however clarify that secular solutions can not be effective for such a deep religiously complex situation we have in middle east and Jerusalem.
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