Reading Lolita in TehranNafasi, Azar
Part memoir, part literary criticism, Reading Lolita in Tehran is a moving testament to the power of art, and its ability to change and improve people's lives. In 1995, Azar Nafisi resigned her job as university professor and invited seven female former students to meet weekly at her home to study Western literature. They met for two years to talk and share, and 'shed their mandatory veils and robes and burst into colour'.
Comments from GroupsWe had a very lively discussion about this book, and wider topics to do with womens' rights, human rights and literature. It was a very intense read; hard to finish for some but very rewarding for others. Some aspects were riveting, other parts became a little repetitive and tedious. It's an important work which can't fail to stimulate meaningful discussion about life, policies and religion. Worth persevering with. Auckland 037 A wonderful book - made us all think how lucky we are to live a 'free' life here in NZ. Matamata 001 Some loved the book as it had so many angles, with the way they studied their novels, the political situation and the strength shown by all the different characters. We had a great discussion, even though some found it too long and depressing. On the whole however, we do recommend it. Picton 002 We all enjoyed it. One of the group said it made her think differently about the situation of elderly Chinese people in NZ. Te Puke 005 In order to get the most out of this book, we felt that you really needed to have read the books discussed in the novel. Christchurch 303 The book was interesting and challenging. It was very dense reading, but held peoples' attention. We had a good discussion. Dannevirke 001