Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi's living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.
©2003 Azar Nafisi (P)2016 Random House Audio
Have not finish it yet. Expected more of a story about the life and the people reading Lolita and other forbidden books and how they felt about it. Instead the story is all about analyzing Nabokov.
I was hopeful this book would be about the lives of the women in Tehran in the reading group of the author, a literature professor. At first there are a few glimpses of such but the author immediately compares each girl and experience to the books they are reading. Quickly it becomes more about these books and turns into a literary critique. This is especially off-putting when you aren't familiar with these books. You could listen to an entire chapter and only hear a few sentences about the young women. I was super disappointed and super bored. It was the first time in 3 yrs of audible that I couldn't finish it.
Read by the author, this story takes us into a discussion about the role of literature between a talented teacher and her diverse students amidst the changing political/social background of life in Tehran during the rise of Khomeni.
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