I read "Reading Lolita in Tehran" and was able to imagine Nafisi's Iran, at the time she was present. As far as "Taaruf she does not mention it in name, but does in explanation of character behavior. This is not a book of Iranian history; it is of Nafisi's history in Iran. Not one article I have read on this book has mentioned the importance of the Iranian feminist movement as stated by Nafisi in the Gatsby portion of this book. By focusing on the inconsistencies of this book, we are taking away from the complete product. I was moved during this book. My mind was opened! I have always believed that women in Iran were treated unjustly after the revolution, but now I have a much better understanding. When wearing a chador is something you are proud and honored to do to show your relationship with god it is a beautiful thing. When the govt. forced this upon women, they stripped them of there own thought, pride, and beliefs in god. I can not say how much I have enjoyed this book; I hope Azar Nafisi is proud to have given a voice back to the women who had it so violently taken from them. As well as I hope other women read this and see how as women we can effect change!
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