Saturday, June 13, 2009

Review: Reading Lolita in Tehran

Now I know why I was not an English major. This book took me three tries and a lot of effort to finish. It was so interesting in parts, when she talked about the hopes and dreams of the women who met with her during the original "Iranian Revolution' in the 1980's, (and watching this week's events on TV made it very relevant) but it was soooooooo boring to me, when she'd go into vast amounts of detailed dissertations about the authors they were studying. I wanted to shout "I get is like fiction. I don't need to hear your doctoral thesis applied to EVERY SINGLE BOOK they read over the years." When I read this the first time, I gave up about 1/3 thru, thinking I needed to read Lolita to understand thisbook. But I now realize that wasn't the problem. There was just simply Too Much Information for this math major's brain to absorb. It wasn't that I didn't understand it, I just wasn't interested. I kept hoping it would get better but it didn't. I'm sure there are many of you out there who loved this book, and I'm very happy for you. Just not my cup of tea, so it's on to something else.


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