Thursday, January 21, 2016

Book Beginning: Reading Lolita in Tehran


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



In the fall of 1995, after resigning from my last academic post. I decided to indulge myself and fulfill a dream. I chose seven of my best and most committed students and invited them to come to my home every Thursday morning to discuss literature.

-- Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi. This has been on my TBR shelf for too long!


  1. I've probably had this on my TBR for a few years now .. and I still haven't read it!

  2. I would like to read this one.

  3. Enjoy! This looks like a beautiful read

  4. Sounds like a fascinating read!

  5. Hi Gilion,

    I can imagine where those opening lines are going to take us and whilst this isn't a book for me, I would reall like to know the outcome for this radical group of girls.

    The ratings and reviews for this one, have been many and good, so I hope that you are amongst those who enjoyed it, although perhaps 'enjoyed' isn't quite the right word?

    Thanks for hosting and enjoy your weekend,


  6. I LOVED this book. I read it slowly and savored it. I hope you find it as enjoyable.

    I read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  7. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  8. The title intrigues me. I'll read this one for sure.
    Thanks again for hosting.

  9. I really like the sound of this! As a literature student I love finding out how different books are received by different audiences so I'm going to have to check this one out! Thanks for sharing and hosting :) I hope you have a great week!
    My Friday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  10. Not my typical read however it does sound intriguing. I hope you enjoy your book. Thanks so much for hosting. Have a great week.

  11. Oh, wow! I bet this one may turn sad ... if they're caught reading and learning.
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

  12. Sounds like an interesting read. Hope you enjoy it.

  13. this is a book i have been meaning to read for - well almost seems like forever now - a long time.. thank you for book beginnings..

  14. Yes, those were special times for those few women. Not always an easy time either. I remember this one. I loved it.

  15. I know of this book but have not read it.

    ENJOY, and have a great weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings


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