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Beautiful black-haired Sara and fiercely proud Dara fall in love in the dusty stacks of the library, where they pass secret messages to each other encoded in the pages of their favorite books. But Iran's Campaign Against Social Corruption forbids their being alone together. Defying the state and their disapproving parents, they meet in secret amid the bustling streets, Internet cafés, and lush private gardens of Tehran.
Yet writing freely of Sara and Dara's encounters, their desires, would put Shahriar in as much peril as his lovers. Thus we read not just the scenes Shahriar has written but also the sentences and words he's crossed out or merely imagined, knowing they can never be published.
Laced with surprising humor and irony, at once provocative and deeply moving, Censoring an Iranian Love Story takes us unforgettably to the heart of one of the world's most alluring yet least understood cultures. It is an ingenious, wholly original novel - a literary tour de force that is a triumph of art and spirit.
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By Zygote on 10-12-16
One of the most creative books to date!
What made the experience of listening to Censoring an Iranian Love Story the most enjoyable?
This book blew me away! I love the how the writer so skillfully tears the veil between his characters, his own process, and the craft of writing. The text is rich with cultural references and reflections on other iconic writers' contributions.
What other book might you compare Censoring an Iranian Love Story to and why?
I would describe this work as Vonnegutian style with a Persian flair. I love the Persian myths, imagery and poems are woven into the story. It also reminded me a great deal of the oppressive and futile atmosphere of "The Lives of Others."
Which character – as performed by Sunil Malhotra and Naila Azad – was your favorite?
Sara would have to be the favorite character representing women's struggles. She is the wisest and most grounded and also the most oppressed character for simply being a woman in the Islamic Republic. Women's Rights are well-highlighted in this book. Mr. Petrovich, in charge of censorship, is also quite intriguing in his ideology and omnipresence throughout the story.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I wanted to take my time and listen to this story a little at a time. This is such an unusual and fascinating work and it deserves all your attention, not the type you listen to before bed. This book will not impress the average reader as one has to get stretched beyond anything they have read to be able to enjoy this book.
Any additional comments?
I highly recommend this book! The female narrator could have used better coaching in the Persian accent (she sounded like she was an Arab character), but overall the narration was good.
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 03-18-17
long and boring
At first it seemed like we would gain interesting insights, and that was true, but then they were just repeated over and over. The story never seemed to go anywhere and in the end just seemed to stop. I figured out early on that we were supposed be looking for symbolic underlying meanings and perhaps they were flying over my head. It seemed to be one of those books for a lit class to analyze or for a jaded reviewer to enjoy because it was very creative in its approach. But for casual listening as we ride in our car not so much.