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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: June 2004 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Alley | 1/25/2014

    " I was talking to a retired English professor once and pulled this book out of my bag after she made reference to another professor who was beginning work on a project on art and democracy. The professor--herself a feminist and key figure in the early years of the university's Women's Studies interventions--responded with a quip about this book's solipsism. Many detractors have articulated similar sentiments. If you are looking for a historical, sociological and/or journalistic treatise on revolutionary and post-revolutionary Iran avoid this book. Nafisi's subtitle makes it claims from the get go. "A Memoir in Books." Nafisi is many things in this book but she is primarily an unabashed lover of literature--of reading--here. This is a book about the importance of art. About "...education as the practice of freedom" as bell hooks once called it. About trying to construct something like an ethical life/world in deeply compromised situations. Do yourself a favor and read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madmedea | 1/25/2014

    " Maverick book club choice for November "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/20/2014

    " A good read. Nafisi's Professor of English literature profession is obvious in the writing style which makes for a rather wordy and occasionally meandering story. But the depiction of life in Tehran is vivid and the literature analysis adds to it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colleen | 1/16/2014

    " God I hate this book. I have been slogging through it for over a year, and I will eventually finish it, because I'm always that determined to finish books that I own. And once I do, I will tell you just exactly why I hate this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 12/2/2013

    " I love it I love it I LOVE IT. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 8/24/2013

    " I found the reading upsetting because I take my freedom for granted. My wish is to never have to experience the oppression that these women dealth with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 8/12/2013

    " Sometimes a bit dense and hard to get through chapters, but interesting and overall pretty good read if you like fiction mixed with non-fiction/political ideas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maura | 6/27/2013

    " Excellent book! I got it as a Christmas gift and before reading it, I read all the books they read in the book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Kay | 10/17/2012

    " Just couldn't get into it. Found it boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin Minnich | 1/21/2012

    " It was slow in process of reading. But in retrospect, I like it a lot. It's been a couple of years since reading this, but I still think through much of the content. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Bluth | 9/22/2011

    " Powerful. Period. A must read for everyone. Period. PERIOD. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzanne Eikenberry | 9/3/2011

    " I thought I was going to experience something of life for women in Tehran. Instead I got a very academic book of literary criticism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 6/29/2011

    " A combination of literature, culture, and the scope of government wound up in the life of a woman on the fray of society. Perfect book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 6/26/2011

    " Interesting book. It was a good way to read about the authors, as well as understand the history of Tehran and Iran. I would recomment it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gay | 6/22/2011

    " I read this a long time ago and it was intriquing. Can't imagine living without the freedoms we tend to take for granted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polly | 6/22/2011

    " interdisciplinary
    great for students of AP literature "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grandma | 6/21/2011

    " One of the many books I have read on women and Islam "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah | 6/15/2011

    " A huge subject condensed into a novel which attempts to cover it extensively. The result is an enlightening but frustrating read. The book fails to cover the subject fully from either an historical or human perspective. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marcus | 6/14/2011

    " A book I should care about because of the social importance the activities in the book share. I just couldn't find a personal connection. "

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