Review; Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Description from Goodreads
Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi's living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.
My Thoughts On The Book
It was a fascinating read, especially as one can see certain links between women's rights and the right to read whatever one wants to. The book also shows the courage of not only the author, but also the female students. They try to find a place in a country not quite made for them. If one is interested in literature and women's rights, this is a book for you.