Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
Random House Publishing Group, 2008 - 380 ページ
Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Azar Nafisi, a bold and inspired teacher, secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; some had spent time in jail. They were shy and uncomfortable at first, unaccustomed to being asked to speak their minds, but soon they removed their veils and began to speak more freely–their stories intertwining with the novels they were reading by Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, as fundamentalists seized hold of the universities and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the women in Nafisi’s living room spoke not only of the books they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments.
Azar Nafisi’s luminous masterwork gives us a rare glimpse, from the inside, of women’s lives in revolutionary Iran. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a work of great passion and poetic beauty, a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny, and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.
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Intriguing Story, Dissapointing Formatユーザー レビュー - Overstock.com
Azar Nafisi is an inspiring teacher and lover of literature. Her memoir, Reading Lolita in Tehran weaves her favorite fictitious novels together with her life and the lives of her students. As we learn about famous 18th century literature such as Lolita, One Thousand and One Nights, The Great Gatsby, Daisy Miller, Pride and Prejudice, and many others, we make connections to the average Iranian womens life under the Islamic Republic. Nafisi retires from her job as a professor at the University of Tehran because of a rule requiring women to wear veils while teaching. She then starts her own book study with her most dedicated students. As they study fiction, we learn about their lives. They shed their veils and share their personal experiences of discrimination, time in jail, family problems, and internal battles between what truly is wrong and what the government deems wrong. We see their struggle to understand and survive this injustice. Through Nafisis descriptive stories, she attempts to give the reader a one-of-a-kind insight into the discrimination, prejudice, and unfairness faced by herself, her students, and all women in Iran. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a memoir told by stories. Nafisis approach leaves the novel disjointed and random, making her stories seem irrelevant. While everything eventually connects back to the main theme of the novel: the confiscation of one individuals life by another (33), this is not clear to the reader throughout the memoir. Iranian women go from being as free as any man to having almost no rights whatsoever in such a short period of time. It is unsettling and difficult for all of them. Though poorly organized, the topic o...
Review: Reading Lolita in Tehranユーザー レビュー - Lisa (Harmonybites) - Goodreads
This did lure me in and eventually beguile me, but certainly not from the first. Nafisi warns from the introduction that she would be changing details of the people presented not just to shield them ... レビュー全文を読む