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Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    Humble, compassionate, informative story

    Having two young children, I have not read a book (other than parenting books) from cover to cover in a few years. I purchased "between two worlds" the day it was released and could not put it down...finished it in 4 days! Roxana's book is not only a chronicle of her life in Iran and captivity at Evin prison, but also informative about Iran as a country, it's history, culture, and how the islamic regime came to power. It is not overwhelming in that context, but enough knowledge to shed some light on how things 'came to be' as they are, and to what extent.

    Saberi's writings beautifully paint a landscape of who she is, her love of Iran and its people, as well as that of America, and her love and admiration for her family and friends. That care and admiration extends to the amazing women she meets in Evin prison. All of this sets the stage for how Roxana gains the courage to be true to herself, and to those suffering and fighting for basic human rights in Iran, despite the dreadful conditions, intense psychological pressure and threats she is under. Her story is carefully, compassionately and whole-heartedly written. I commend Roxana for coming forward with her story, for sharing her knowledge and passion with others. I truly believe that her sincere nature, combined with her knowledge and determination, can turn her horrific experience into something meaningful for the rest of us.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Well done Roxanna!

    I was shocked when I heard Roxanna, a wonderful person I had known in college, had been jailed in Iran. She is still the remarkable person I knew then. I am thankful she is free today, and admire her for using her experience to do good for others. What a cautionary tale against tyrannical goverment she has written, may it be something we never know here in the US!

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    Best book I read in years, I felt like watching a live event not

    Best book I read in years, I felt like watching a live event not reading a book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Highly recommended

    A beautifully written personal account, but well documented and informational of the current political prison situation in Iran.

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    this book was one of the dozen others I read before I went on a

    this book was one of the dozen others I read before I went on a trip to Iran on a tourist visa in October/November 2010. I did not only read about the history of Persia/ Iran, but also many other accounts of Iranians and this ordeal of Roxana Saberi. It was a fascinating insight of the part of Iran I was lucky not have encountered. It kept me reading late into the nightand I recommend it highly. Well written, suspenseful and very informative.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    I highly recommend this book for anyone who wishes to understand the political realities for people who speak out against abuses of power!

    This is a beautiful and moving portrait of one women's fight for the souls of Iran's people against the tyranny of a government who has forgotten it's people. It reflects on the individuals who she met along the way who taught her about faith in God and the sacrifices it takes to find illumination.

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    Inspiring-moving-life changing

    Thank you Roxana for sharing your experiences in this captivating publication. It provides real insight into the human rights challenges faced by all people in Iran and was such an enlightening read. I found the way that Roxana recounts her experiences captivating and a breeze to read. I could not put this book down until I had read the very last word. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who has a relationship with Iran and who wants insight into what it is like for those who are innocent yet imprisoned. Between Two Worlds inspires me to work hard every day for the rights of others, in the hope that they too will one day be freed. A must read for every journalist!

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    Hard book to put down!

    I read this book as I wanted to learn firsthand the experiences that an American-Iranian woman had to share about the Iranian culture and her incarceration as an innocent American. Immediately, I felt the vulnerability that Ms Saberi experienced throughout her incarceration as her story is brought to life in every page. Her inner-strength is admirable as she demonstrates her intelligence and uses her captors' own games of manipulation against them. I was captivated by the stories of the other female prisoner's and ached at the violations of basic human rights that are absent in Iran. I highly recommend this book; it will remind you of the good that exists within many Iranian citizens (NOT the government!) and ignite a passion to advocate for justice, and for human and women's rights.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    A Triumph of Spirit and a Journey of Redemption

    For over three months in 2009, I watched closely the detention and subsequent release of American journalist Roxana Saberi from Iran's hellish Evin prison. Less than a year after her release, she penned her experience in a book that was not only a great tale of survival, hope and courage, but also a true testament to the unrelenting human spirit and experience... In doing so, going far beyond a cultural description of Iran and the political nuances often lost in translation when re-conveyed in the west. Saberi writes the book with the expertise of a skilled writer and not that of a journalist, which is often the missing factor in books written by trained journalist. I attribute this accomplishment to her having had a profoundly genuine experience as a human being, fully going through the stages of fear, enlightenment, courage and ultimate redemption in the form of bravely recanting her false confession and standing up to her tormentors. The details of this book, such as being threatened with life in prison or "worse" (I can only speculate) and her eventual release, contain the full arch of a hero's journey, showing clearly that Saberi is a nothing short of a courageous warrior for humanitarian causes, namely the plight of the Iranian people living under an oppressive regime that's hiding behind a pretentious cloak of religiousness and justice. As an American humanitarian of Japanese/Iranian decent, Roxana Saberi is well suited to shed light on the complex day to day lives of Iranians, her own nightmarish incarceration in Evin prison and the paranoid Iranian regime feeding on its own fabricated fears. All the while, her sense of humor shines light on the situation whenever possible and her insight enlightens all those willing to listen with an open heart and mind. While Roxana's work and courage is admirable in countless ways, her true contribution to humanity -in my opinion- is the inspiration of others who love, cherish and respect freedom, not to mention the proliferation of hope and courage in the face of adversity. One encouraging example of this, the best that I can imagine, comes from 12-year-old Dylan of San Francisco, CA who said: "I just read your book, Between Two Worlds, and I would like to let you know that you have inspired me and when I grow up, I would like to be a journalist. Thank you so much for writing this amazing book! I hope you understand the impact you have made on the world because of your book and your actions." I could not have said it better myself, as Saberi has inspired even me into writing my own story of witnessing a revolution, living through the 20th century's 3rd bloodiest war and my ultimate survival and liberation.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Reading is the killer of intolerance

    The juxtaposition Saberi creates between people and governments is inspiring and dares to challenge our perception of any one country, one people, one religion or one culture.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Highly recommended

    I had the privilege of reading "Between Two Worlds" by Roxana Saberi. I use the word privilege because that's how I felt reading this very intimate account of Roxana Saberi's experience in Evin prison. Evin prison is notorious; the Iranians are also notorious for what they do to prisoners to punish or break them. It's well-known throughout the world, but especially in Iran. I can't imagine the terror she must have felt being incarcerated there and cut off from everyone she knew and not knowing her fate. Saberi is very modest about her personal strength and experiences. Even though I knew the outcome, my heart was in my throat reading the book. I highly recommend this book -- it's difficult to put down. Thank you, Roxana for sharing your intimate thoughts, fears, hopes, misery and experiences. You are amazing!

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

    Very inspirational! YOU MUST READ THIS!

    This is a very inspirational book that Miss Saberi wrote sharing with all of us her story during her captivity in Iran. In the book, you will almost sense her hope and faith and the strength she carries on to be strong and fight through her struggles. The book is very entertaining and it is difficult to put it down. I read this book for my non-fiction report and I was really moved by Roxana's words and story. This book changed me and made me see the issues in the world that I never knew were there. Now I feel the urge to help many others who are still imprisoned and to promote human rights all around the world. I encourage everyone to read this book.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

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    A Must Read! Very Inspiring!

    "Between Two World's" is an intense book about Ms Saberi's captivity and trial in Iran for espionage. Ms Saberi's news caught my attention when I first heard of her story on the media. I have always been interested in Iran and the entire Middle Eastern region as well: the history, culture, religion and politics. So when I heard she was writing a book, this became a list on my many books I wanted to read.

    The way she wrote about her struggles in depth, was truly captivating. It was really easy to read and the way she expressed her feelings and struggles each day. I found myself so often becoming enraged at the human rights abuse that Iran's hardliners were doing to her. If anyone is familiar with Iran's hard line regime, you will know their treatment towards innocent people is so horrifying.

    I would highly recommend this book; this is a very gripping story about her struggles there in Iran's notorious Evin prison. It was a very intense book for me. I do believe Ms Saberi's arrest and imprisonment was for a purpose. So she could continue the fight as a human rights advocacy for Iran.

    I wanted to make this short, because I could go and on about the book. I cannot imagine the psychological torture she had to endure. And recanting her confession like she did showed her courage, strength and determination to do what was right. Despite the consequences she faced. If you are concerned with Human Rights Issues in Iran and in the Middle East as I am, you will truly be inspired by this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2010

    a page turner...

    I could not put this book down. I followed Ms. Saberi's case closely from the moment it was reported. For those of us watching this from a distance and with the opportunity to see the posturing from the Iranian government - we could only imagine her personal terror. Ms. Saberi's writing draws you into this very personal drama, the perpetual torment from her captors, the relationship with her cellmates and guards and how she reveals her personal conflict as she strategized and struggled to navigate the maze that was being built around her. I thank her for sharing the story of the events around her experience, for deepening our understanding of the human rights conditions in Iran and for leaving us with an inspiring message of hope and an example of the strength of the human spirit. Ms. Saberi has become a voice for many who no longer have one.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    Highly recommended

    Excellent book. Very informative. Well written. Would love to meet the author!

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

    Highly Recommended - Life Changing!

    Roxana Saberi's book changed my life! The story that she reveals is one that not many people live to tell. She spent about 4 months in Iran's worst prison: Evin prison in Tehran. She tells of her harrowing ordeal, wonderful people she met in prison who will suffer for the rest of their lives for doing nothing wrong, the guards, her interrogators. AFter reading her book, I have become actively involved in human rights' issues currently happening in Iran. Everyohe should read this book!!!

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    a must read!!

    Roxana Saberi brings home to many Iranians and other "stuck in between two culutre peoples" the ultimate struggle to be true to your heritage or stand up for what is right.Once again a person in a position of weakness stands up to the might of a system created to intimidate and humiliate a totally innocent person into submitting untruths for the sick and twisted games played by the Iranian regime.
    Any one interested to know what fate befalls almost all political and religious prisoners in Iran must read this book. I particularly enjoyed learning first hand about the traetment my fellow Bahai compatriots are having to deal with in jail and how they helped Roxana to be strong. Well done for penning such a well written account of your awful experience Ms. saberi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2010

    Iran Awareness Now Heightened

    My awareness of Iran is now heightened, thanks to Roxana Saberi. I felt keenly empathetic to the recently released, Sarah Shourd, and what she had likely experienced in Evin Prison.

    The composure and dignity that Roxana Saberi maintained to persevere and do what she knew was right, even under the harsh conditions and psychological pressure of Evin Prison, was an inspiration. She was propelled by her cellmates' determination to hold onto their truth, but was heartbroken to leave them behind after her release.

    She beautifully expresses the spirit and tenacity of the Iranian people, who cannot be suppressed by the current regime. Her fondness of the people from her father's homeland is understandable. Their intelligence, empathy and genuine respect for others is admirable.

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  • Posted August 9, 2010


    Saberi's account of her time in prison in Iran on mysterious charges is absolutely invaluable. She tells her story with great honesty and insight, not sparing herself anymore than she does her captors. She went through the looking glass and came back with this book. it isn't to be missed.

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

    Inspiration found!

    I am an avid reader of women's rights books and the struggles of women in the Middle East...but this one was different. I am used to reading about women being abused, mistreated and even tortured and killed just for being women, but this book was completely surprising. This was more about Roxana's internal struggle with herself and trying to do the right thing in the face of terrible danger and unthinkable consequences. I loved it and will always remember the lessons I learned right along with her.

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