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Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2007

    Incredible!!!!!!!

    Incredible! It described the hardships of what a 12 year old girl had to go through in Iran. It is a very realistic and truthful account of what a child probably has to go through in our world today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    A lyrical portrait of a beautiful country and culture torn apart by a misguided revolution.

    So beautifully written that I longed to visit the Iran of Roya's childhood, so perceptive that I gained insight to the conflicts of Middle Eastern women and so filled with humor that I laughed and cried at the same time. We are so lucky that Roya Hakakian's voice is not censored in America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2005

    A compelling account of a most difficult time

    Back in the 70's as a young girl here in the States I really did not fully understand or comprehend the problems that the Jewish population of Iran incurred with the reemergence of the Ayatollah, so needless to say, this book was an eye opener about the author's personal account of those heady days. I enjoyed the style of her writing very much and felt you were right there in the Tehran neighborhood with her. As a young woman working in New York City in 1979, I do recall vividly the IBM building under construction, and the construction workers marking off each day that the Embassy hostages were being held in Tehran. Little did I realize how many people also in Tehran were suffering because they could not enjoy the life they once knew because of the new regime. I recommend this book highly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2004

    gripping analysis

    I never read a more gripping analysis of prerevolutionary Iran and Khomeinis revolution. I loved the rich and beautiful language and the vivid, colourful descriptions. The book is full of homesickness, nostalgia, political awareness and good judgement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2004

    An Absolute Must Read

    True to her roote as a poet and a journalist, Ms. Hakakian has written a priceless memoir which is at once metaphorically engaging and thoroughly credible. This is the story of a cherished child from a gifted family. At the tender age of 12 Roya finds her comfortable world shattered by the influx of religious fundamentalism. The passage through adolescence is never an easy one. As a young Jewish woman, Roya's journey is fraught with dangers far more serious than the average child. She must contend not only with the ordinary growing pains but also with the fear, the violence and the repression of the Khomeini regime. Hers is a world of loss, measured lyrically in missing place settings, blood and chalk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2004

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

    Not only does Journey give the reader a detailed first hand account of the Iranian revolution, but it also tells the story of a maturing Jewish girl and her struggle to grow up in troubled times. MUST READ!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2004

    Very moving!

    Read this book! You'll fall in love with an intelligent, observant, compassionate young girl and her family. You'll learn valuable lessons on the history of Iran, a country about which too many of us know too little, and how what happened there in and around 1979 has had an impact on the world today. And you'll come to understand what good and necessary writing means in the current climate of ill-crafted prose. This wonderful book reads like a beautiful, long poem and settles down in your heart like a caterpillar in it's cocoon, ready to transform and take off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2004

    Iran, Much of the World Doesn't Know You

    I thouroughly enjoyed the book. We need to be told the truth about Iran, as painful as it may be. She should not think twice about telling the world what it wants to know. Not all is violent there.

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