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If your only source of information about the people in Iran is from the media, you know nothing about Iran. This book is an eye opener, telling stories of Iranians from all walks of life, with all manner of interests and jobs. Rich and poor individuals. Some living on the street, some in luxury homes. Some with hardly any formal education, some with advance degrees. Stories of someone pursuing an art career, and someone into music, another into teaching. Jews allowed to practice their religion, with many synagogues in the country. Other religions allowed, including Zoroasterism. There are limits, to be sure, as to how non-Islamic religions are practiced, and how vocations are exercised. Drug addicts are discussed and not in flattering terms. A must read book.
What an incredible read! This book took me on a journey to discover a part of the world - often so mysterious and misunderstood - through its living and thriving souls. I love that I could start/finish reading a chapter of this book and think I have a better picture of Iranian people, then come back and start another chapter only to find out just how diverse and extraordinary this population really is! The author did an exceptional job diving into each story in a multidimensional way that made me feel connected and transported to the scenes. Do yourself a favor and get immersed in this fantastic read!
Intensely readable book, divided into easily digestable chapters. Even the stories I didn't think I'd be so interested in, sucked me in! A timely reminder that it's the people who make a place, not the politicians. LOVED it. (Oh, and the cover ridiculously pretty out on the coffee table, too!)
This book has been written beautifully. The combination of culture, politics and the history and impact of those on every individual's life story made it incredible to read. I very much enjoyed reading it.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 8, 2021
All i can say is that a book like this was truly needed in press. Congratulations to Tara Kangarlou for this incredible work of journalism that is enabling readers to see Iran beyond political headlines and connect with its diverse and complex society