March 17, 2004
I expected much from Reading Lolita In Tehran by Azar Nafisi. Several friends heralded the book from different angles: as memoir, social study, historical text and literary criticism. The book didn't disappoint, but Ididn't bedazzle, either. I felt that Nafisi had too many literary irons in the fire, and found myself wishing for more memoir, to hear more about the lives of her study group participants and herself and less literary criticism. This is a powerful book, nonetheless, describing the life in modern day Iran from the viewpoint of women.