February meeting

Our February meeting was held on Feb. 4th. We welcomed a new member.

We started reading a new story: “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway.

We discussed the introductory paragraph and its meaning and style, and the possible significance of the leopard carcase.

We read up to the end of the first section, where Harry says, “I don’t like to leave anything behind.”

Our next meeting will be March 11th.

January & February meetings

Happy New Year, everyone!

Our first meeting of the year was on Jan. 14th, and at that meeting it was decided to stop reading “Reading Lolita in Teheran”.

Our next meeting will be Feb. 4th and we will be reading Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”.

I referred to some other books and a movie that also tell about life in Iran after the Revolution. Here are the details:

  1. Unveiled Threat: A Personal Experience of Fundamentalist Islam and the Roots of Terrorism by Janet Tavakoli. (This book is only available in Japan as  a Kindle book. As far as I know there is no Japanese translation as yet. It is a short book.)
  2. Whirlwind by James Clavell (author of “Shogun”). This is a  long book, but in typical Clavell-style, it includes much background information about Islam and Iranian culture. Again, as far as I know there is no Japanese translation as yet. I bought the cheaper Kindle version.) It is a novel, but based on real events, with all the names changed. It is far less intellectual than Nafisi’s book, and in my opinion, gives a much more rounded picture of life in Iran at that time.
  3. An animated movie, Persepolis., made in 2007. It tells the life of a young girl growing up in Iran.