An interesting memoir by Azar Nafisi about growing up in the country of Iran. Her mother was a complex and complicated person disappointed in her own dreams of leading a romantic and important life, often creating fictional stories she told to her children which she had come to believe herself. These fictionalized stories were not only about her past, but also of her children and her family.
Nafisi's father was a different type of person, often mesmerizing his children with classic tales like the "Persian Book of Kings" and others. However, her father began to see other women and Nafisi kept this to herself but she didn't like keeping secrets from her mother.
This novel not only tells the tale of a family but that of a powerful history during the Islamic Revolution of 1978-79, which turned the country into a religious dictatorship.
This is a deeply personal account of one woman's choices, and how she found the inspiration to make a better life for herself.
Nafisi determines to demonstrate elimination of the Persian taboo on revealing her family's realities to the world. The characters she presents are successful, socially engaged people with maddening obsessive-compulsive urges. Their lives are like writing that's full of self-contradicting edits. The whole country is editing itself, passionately erasing and redrafting. Maybe the best thing in the story is the family's engagement with the classical literature of Iran, which offers a backdrop of irreverent playfulness, passion for beauty, and love that will not be bound by rules.