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Saturday, July 24, 2004

Reading Lolita in Tehran (and Round Rock)

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, by Azar Nafisi, is a nonfiction about a group of women in Iran about 10 years ago who dared to shed tradition behind closed doors, take off their veils, and read and discuss some Western literature. Insight into Iran/Iraq in the format of a book discussion group!

Our discussion of Reading Lolita in Tehran was stimulating and insightful, as usual! I would say this book would have gotten about a 5 on a scale from 1-10. Bep loved it. Only about 4 of us had completed it. Others had read various amounts. The writing was good, but there were complaints. Patty was disappointed that the books that the Tehran group read weren't discussed in much detail. She wanted a real book club book about those books! Several people thought the book was too repetitive, saying the same thing over and over again, having the same ideas more than once, and covering the same ground too many times (great sentence about redundancy, eh?). Someone felt like we didn't really get to know the members of the Tehran club. I said maybe the author was really too self-involved to dig into the other women much, and I felt she was maybe a little cold.

Vernie told us about a burkha her son brought back from ?(Iran? Iraq? Saudi? sorry) She said it covers you so entirely that you feel cut off from the outside world, especially because you can hardly even see through the veil. Loretta told us about her neighbor from (Iran? Iraq? sorry again). The neighbor is there now - she has to go back for a certain amount of time every year or two to keep her citizenship.

We discussed the implications of losing freedoms. Velva regaled us with her adventures as a college freshman at a repressive Baptist college, where she occasionally rebelled and broke the rules. We talked about whether it is an individual personality trait to break rules or abide by them. Frank asked everyone to think about what we would do if our freedom to read were taken away and if the book police came to our houses to confiscate our books!

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