Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Last night I finished Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. After reading her Republic of Imagination, I thought I should go back and read the book that started her on the road to popularity. RotI was more of a straight teaching guide to a couple of her favorite books, not that compelling. RLiT had more depth, combining the teaching of well-known fictional works with an eyewitness account of events through her eyes as a professor at the University during the Islamic Revolution and the effect these events had on her students. So all in all a very engaging book that I felt compelled to finish even though it seemed to devolve into chick lit, with constant references Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice, while narrating the trials and tribulations of young females in a country where females were marginalized. She had a strong belief that reading and discussing fiction was a great way to learn about one’s self.

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