“Memories have ways of becoming independent of the reality they evoke. They can soften us against those we were deeply hurt by or they can make us resent those we once accepted and loved unconditionally.”
A lot of you recommended this book when I asked about memoirs this month.
For those that don’t know, here is the synopsis “Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi's living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.”
I will admit, I never finished this book, but I definitely want to take the time to revisit it this year. I loved what I did read as the whole concept of teaching classics I grew up with to a completely different culture of young girls is fascinating enough in itself. Literature is power and I can’t imagine my life without it!
Let me know your thoughts on this memoir or on how literature has shaped you as a person!