Saturday, February 19, 2011

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Reading Lolita in TehranReading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed Nafisi's descriptions of life in Iran - I hadn't really understood what it was like during the Islamic Revolution in the late 1970s/early 1980s. I also enjoyed the commentary on the featured English and American novels. However, I hated the way it was written, so much that I had to psych myself up to resume reading after each hiatus. I began hating Azar Nafisi herself. To me, she's guilty of arrogance. One of her key themes is that villains are evil because they lack empathy. I also think villains are evil because they lack self-reflection. I found Nafisi to be supercilious without a deeper self-awareness. I don't regret reading this book, but I am sure glad I am done with it.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Quotation of the Day

"Like everybody else, when I don't know what else to do, I seem to go in for catching colds." 

 ~George Jean Nathan

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Quotation of the Day

‎"To love our enemy is impossible. The moment we understand our enemy, we feel compassion towards him/her, and he/she is no longer our enemy."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Thanks to Barbara, one of my UUAM Facebook friends, for posting this quote!
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