May. 21st, 2011

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Although I have no intention of reading Lolita, the above named book has attracted my curiosity since I first heard of it. So far the author has briefly explained the plot of Lolita, a selection for her book study class, but what I find fascinating is her insight into everyday life inside Iran. From her description, no organization in the U.S. comes close to "The Committee" that controls even the minutest details of women's lives.

Update: Done with Lolita, but still disturbed by synopses of movies that make Humbert out to be a victim. Not impressed.

RLiT has moved on to Gatsby. Azar Nafisi has a way of applying the books of her study group to her culture and country at the time. I knew that not all Iranians consider America to be inherently evil, but it's intriguing to read her perspective as a student in the US during the 70's and a professor in Iran during the 90's.

Update 2: Very intriguing way to write a memoir. Nafisi's book club read and discussed not only Lolita and Gatsby, but also Henry James and Jane Austin, among others noted briefly. I am confirmed in my belief that as a woman, I'm better off in the USA.

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