Luka Toma Toma itibaren Condado - PB, Brezilya
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I would love to give this book 5 stars, b/c of its theme and setting, and especially because of the courage displayed by the people in it. Unfortunately, I can only give it 4 stars, b/c in my opinion the literary criticism detracted from the story of these women who risked so much to gather and talk about books and reading, and their teacher, who dared to bring them together under the oppressive regime in Tehran. It is a beautiful book, in many ways, and the authour's passion and compassion are impressive. The actual comments about the books they were reading are the only thing that seemed dry and academic, but the women themselves are beautifully drawn and I would love to read a sequel to find out what happened to them 5 or 10 years on. In spite of my criticisms, I believe this is a deeply important book, not just to me, but to our world. It shows a vivid portrait of effects of tyranny and oppression and the cost some are willing to pay for intellectual freedom. Let all of us blessed to live with that freedom as a normal part of our daily lives give thanks.
This is a "classic" book that has its moments, but ultimately doesn't hold up well to modern day horror/suspense/thriller book done well. The opening of the book is pretty intense and I would describe it as Edgar Allen Poe-ish. Unfortunately, this intensity is ruined by cheesy characters who are so incompetent that you almost want Dracula to suck their blood (although he is written with a few silly moments himself). One entertaining thing to watch for is moments where the book reveals the British nature of the characters. These parts are quite entertaining. While I think it is interesting to see where Vampire mythology "started", I don't know how much value this book has past that. If only the entertainment value in the beginning could have lasted longer!
After having just read Havana Nocturne, a horrible piece of Non-Fiction that treats history like a tabloid, I was very pleased to find that my other book from the library was so well written. The purist historians are bound be grumble since half of Tony's book is about the history of European America 1492-1630, and the other half is a sort of 'investigative journalism' narrative that trails Horwitz across North America getting a feel for the landing sites of the explorers and settlers. The end results, though, are a unique combination that can't be gotten from sitting in a little room combining Document A with History Book B and getting yet another slab of history.