"A house without books is like a room without windows." -Horace Mann

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Funny in Farsi

by Firoozeh Dumas

I was looking for a something a little different to read and came across this memoir about an Iranian family that moves to America.  It made me laugh and it also made me a little sad about some people's attitudes towards those them don't understand.  Oddly enough, for as "different" as this family is from my own, it reminded me of the many similarities we all have. 

I'll be the first to admit I don't know much about Iran, so I enjoyed being enlightened by this book.  I also learned a little more about the reaction that Americans had when the Iranian hostage crisis took place.  And it made me appreciate a little more the massive amount of culture shock an immigrant faces when moving to a new country. 

All of these serious topics are covered through hysterical stories of her family.  Her father, always dreaming of making it big, an uncle who tries every crazy weight loss idea offered on TV, and mostly through stories about herself as she attends her first school, her first summer camp, and gets her first babysitting job.  Her father is a particularly memorable character and reminds me at times of my own. 

If you don't know much about the culture of Iran, this is a good book to start with. 

1 comment:

  1. I've never seen this book but it sounds like a fun good read.