READING LOLITA is a great book. Period. It is exciting to see how great literature became alive in the context of repression, as a necessity of life, not the icing on our cake of materialist provenance. Not since Jackson McCrae's THE CHILDREN'S CORNER have I been so riveted to a piece of fiction. Equally as fascinating is the dynamic of Ms. Nafisi's class itself. The students did not always agree with each other and seldom came to neat and tidy conclusions about either the books or the context within which they read them. If you must read one book this year, make it READING LOLITA.