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When Skateboards Will Be Free: My Reluctant Political Childhood [Paperback]

Said Sayrafiezadeh
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24 Jun 2010

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh's parents believed that a worker's revolution was just around the corner. When it came all would change. So they sacrificed everything to bring it about - including their son's childhood.

Saïd just wishes they'd asked him first.

Moving from one makeshift home to another in Pittsburgh and New York, Saïd's family was at war with the rest of the world. Told to despise luxuries he longed for, he endured endless party meetings, lectures, demonstrations, even a visit to Cuba, all to make him the perfect child of the revolution. But what happens when the revolution never comes?


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (24 Jun 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 014102982X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141029825
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 993,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Said Sayrafiezadeh's writing has appeared in Granta, The Paris Review and Open City. He lives in New York. His website is at www.sayrafiezadeh.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars thought provking 4 Oct 2009
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When Skateboards Will Be Free: My Reluctant Political
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thoroughly entertaining account of a young boy growing up in the turbulent days of 70's USA
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3.0 out of 5 stars Crackpot parents with a crackpot Socialism 30 Jan 2014
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The title is the best part of the book. Rest is okay but you get the drift pretty quickly. Another one-man's-trip kinda thing albeit with a useful lesson.
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I felt so bad for this young man. To have such essentially worthless parents and still be able to make a life for himself.
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