Archive for January, 2009

azar nafisi

So I’ve started reading Azar Nafisi’s book “Reading Lolita In Tehran” and I’ve got about half the book left. In her group of students there are every type of young women that occur in Iran, the religious one, the one that has to obey her parents, the one that is a prisoner of her brother, the one with the modern husband, the one with the dreams, the spinster and the divorced one. They are all very different and yet very similar in the way that they all want the freedom to be themselves, something that most people in free countries take for granted.

Many of my cousins, aunts, friends and other relatives that are living in Iran are in the same situation. Some aren’t allowed to socialize with people that aren’t related to them, others have to hand over their cellphone every now and then so that their male relatives can check if a man calls them and some aren’t allowed to work because they will bring shame on the family.

Someone has to stand up and break the circle. The “you have destroyed our honour” speech is getting old.

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So they say that you should atleast give a book 50 pages before you stop reading it. I gave this one 51 pages and then it got dropped! It’s a modern classic and I bet many people love this story and the author but the whole melodrama theme isn’t something that would be good for me to read in the long run.

I would probably have ended up like the character in the book if I had flipped the page over to number 52.

For more info about the author: Sadegh Hedayat

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This is one of my favourite books and I didn’t even want to read it at first. I’m one of those people that actually judge a book by it’s cover and I’ve probably missed out on some pretty amazing books because of my vanity. The first copy that I saw of this book didn’t really draw my attention to it so I just put it back on the shelf. But about two weeks later I was in another shop and I saw this exact copy (look at the above picture) and I fell in love…

The story:

Tomasu, a 16 year old boy lives amongst the Hidden, a religious sect whose customs kind of remind me of Christianity. His village is attacked and the people are slaughtered by warlord Iida Sadamu and his troops because it’s forbidden to practice the Hidden’s religion, but he is rescued by Otori Shigeru and is given the name Takeo.

Shigeru then takes him to Hagi, the Otori stonghold and there they discover Takeo’s real father was a member of the secretive Kikuta Tribe, and that he has many special abilities such as exceptional hearing, invisibility, and the ability to split a second, phantom self from his own.

But what’s the use of having all these abilities if you don’t use them and what way is better than using them for avenging your family’s murder?

Visit the author’s site: Lian Hearn

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