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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (63,747 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Azar Nafisi Narrator: Lisette Lecat Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. They were shy and uncomfortable at first, unaccustomed to being asked to speak their minds, but soon they began to open up and to speak more freely, not only about the novels they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments. Their stories intertwined with those they were reading, Pride and Prejudice, Washington Square, Daisy Miller, and Lolita, their Lolita, as they imagined her in Tehran.

Nafisi's account flashes back to the early days of the revolution, when she first started teaching at the University of Tehran amid the swirl of protests and demonstrations. In those frenetic days, the students took control of the university, expelled faculty members and purged the curriculum. When a radical Islamist in Nafisi's class questioned her decision to teach The Great Gatsby, which he saw as an immoral work that preached falsehoods of the Great Satan, she decided to let him put Gatsby on trial and stood as the sole witness for the defense.

Azar Nafisi's luminous tale offers a fascinating portrait of the Iran-Iraq war viewed from Tehran and gives us a rare glimpse, from the inside, of women's lives in revolutionary Iran. It is a work of great passion and poetic beauty, written with a startlingly original voice.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by J | 2/17/2014

    " A good perspective on life in Iran before and after the fall of the Shah. It is time to read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara A | 2/15/2014

    " Bravery in the face of great peril; an abundance of passion for literature; and a commitment to world literacy--as to both knowing the Workd and knowing how to read; make this author and her dedicated circle true literary heroines, in the fullest definition of the phrase. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Douglas Bartlett | 2/12/2014

    " Enjoyed the depths of character hidden under the chador, and the close personal contact mixed with the wider challenges for Iran. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dd Penners | 2/3/2014

    " Interesting subject, but book was very hard to read. Most didn't get through the book, and those who did didn't feel it was worth the effort. "

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