Book Review: “Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi

Please note: I first published this book review on the “Goodreads”-website in 2023.

My rating: 3 (of 5) “stars”

I own a paperback edition of this book, originally published by HarperCollins Publishers, which is still being sold online, e.g., at  AbeBooks.

I didn’t enjoy reading this book, as I was angry throughout the whole reading experience, at the terrorist regime in Iran. The Iranian government, religious leaders, and the men who support them make women’s lives a living hell in Iran. Nafisi describes a group of women who – at great risk to themselves – did something they are not allowed to do: read certain books that are forbidden to be owned or read in that country.

“Reading Lolita in Tehran” is a worthy book, and I recommend it to other readers.

But I’m not a fan of Nafisi’s writing style: She focuses too much on details, the pace at which this story moves along is too slow for my taste. That’s why I am only awarding three “stars.”

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