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2.0 out of 5 stars Watch your expectations, 9 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books (Paperback)
Firstly I must confess that I didn't finish this book. I read so far, then scanned sections later. That was because I found the book to be less about life in Iran and more of a literary review on the books of Nabokov, a writer with whom I am not familiar apart from "Lolita" 40 years ago. I have enjoyed other works about life in different cultures and harsh regimes, "The bookseller of Kabul" "Burned" and a memoir about visiting Romania during Ceacescu's reign. All were brilliant portrayals of life going on under the boot of totalitarian regimes or oppressive cultures. This book, while nicely written, is too descriptive about English Literature and not the people; I couldn't engage with it. If you are uncertain now, then try browsing it or finding abstracts to see if it is what you want in a read. To understand my taste, then read "Touching Tibet" by Naomi Ash, a book I have recommended to many and all have been grateful for that advice.
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Initial post: 6 Mar 2015 14:00:33 GMT
Andrea Seed says:
I agree that the first part is like that, and I found that hard, but if you'd carried on it does continue in great and moving detail about life in post revolution Iran and the people the author comes into contact with.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2015 14:47:56 GMT
Keith Lawson says:
Perhaps your comment may encourage others to persevere; too late for me. I had expectations it would be as good as others I had read, with similar theme of introducing me to life in different cultures, but they grabbed me on page one.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2015 16:55:54 BDT
yes as you pass the Nabakovy part it gets much better.
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