Reading Lolita in Tehran Book Review

There is an old saying: the pen is mightier than the sword.

Azar Nafisi’s 2003, memoir,¬†Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, takes the reader into the closed word of Iran.

Before Ms. Nafisi and her family left Iran for the United States in the late 1990’s, she worked as a professor teaching Western literature. The problem with her syllabus is that the powers that be do not agree with the novels that she is teaching. Written from the first person point of view, the author takes the reader into a world that few who live outside Iran’s borders know of.

I found this book to be remarkable. Most of us only know of the Iran that we see in the media. We do not see the lives of the people who are trying to live out  their lives as best they can under a regime that only sees the world one way.

I absolutely recommend this book.


Never Give Up

There are very few of us for whom life is given to us on a silver platter. Most of us have to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps to reach whatever goal we are working toward.

Last weekend, Leonardo DiCaprio won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in The Revenant. It was his 6th nomination and his first win.

It’s easy to become disappointed when things go wrong or the path we think was the right one turns out to be the wrong one.

But we have to keep going. There is an old saying about when we give up our dream, that is the moment that it becomes reality.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s first Oscar nomination was in 1994 for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. 22 years later, he finally walked up to the stage to accept the golden statue.

He didn’t give up and neither should we.

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