Review: Reading ‘Lolita’ in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

by Hugh Beattie, Clydebank College Library Manager Reading Lolita in Tehran

It is essential that books like this are written, so that we can take stock of our lives & enjoy the freedoms that we so often take for granted. This novel describes an underground world much like life under the soviets in e.g. the old Czechoslovakia.   This is a frightening & furtive world, where meeting a group of like-minded women to talk about literature is a subversive act that would be punishable by imprisonment, interrogation, rape, disappearance & death. Such commitment to the world of books therefore, commands great courage & strength & is not a task to be taken lightly.   
Even although the atmosphere at this reading group seems on the surface to be light & scholarly, the underlying risk involved in these meetings preys on the back of the readers’ mind.  

I enjoyed this novel for the above reasons & because we get a glimpse of a world returning by choice to a dark age, where religion is worn as a badge of convenience in order to subdue thought & imagination.





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Reading Group News

After a successful beginning, the Clydebank College Library  reading groups continue to thrive. Below are details of the next meeting and books.

Reading Group 1

Next meeting: Wednesday 15th February

Reading: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod

No Great Mischief is the story of many generations of Clann Calum Ruadh, a Canadian family, whose ancestors emigrate to Nova Scotia in 1779. Writer Michael Ondaatje has described the author as one of the great undiscovered writers of our time…

Reading Group 2

Next Meeting: Thursday 23rd February

Reading : Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nifisi says the novel is An inspired blend of memoir and literary criticism, [and] a moving testament to the power of art and its ability to change and improve people’s lives.

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