Quotations From Reading Lolita In Tehran: A Memoir in Books

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I have been reading an extraordinary memoir Reading Lolita In Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi. In this wonderful book, Nafisi writes about her experience as a Professor of English Literature in Iran and the women who were her students and whom she taught in secret. Her writing is honest, compelling, and a text that all teachers and professors should read. It is an educational inspiration. I give this excellent book a complete recommendation.

For this post, I want to highlight a few quotations from the book:

“what we search for in fiction is not so much reality but the epiphany of truth.” (3)

“Don’t go chasing after the grand theme, the idea, I told my students, as if it is separate from the story itself. The idea or ideas behind the story must come to you through the experience of the novel and not as something tacked on to it.” (109)

“A novel is not an allegory, I said, as the period was about to come to the end. It is the sensual experience of another world. If you don’t enter that world, hold your breathe with the characters and become involved in their destiny, you won’t be able to empathize, and empathy is at the heart of the novel. That is how you read a novel: you inhale the experience.” (111)

 

Works Cited

Nafisi, Azar. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. Random House. New York.

2004.

 

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12 thoughts on “Quotations From Reading Lolita In Tehran: A Memoir in Books

  1. What an outstanding review of the novel, “Reading Lolita In Tehran: A Memoir in Books” by Azar Nafisi. By presenting the three quotes from the memoir, the reviewer reveals a philosophical belief by the writer. In Jedi terms, “become one with the story”, be an unseen presence that adopts fully the characters’ world as real and thus the experience impacts the reader in a very visceral way, perhaps changing, in word or deed, the way the reader views aspects of the world we live in or just walks away with a strong emotional experience. This review reveals a truth, without ever revealing the writer’s story, yet creates an incentive for others to read Azar Nafisi memoir. A perfect review.

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