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"[A] gut-wrenching, eye-opening novel. The Bathhouse shows what happens when ideology runs amok. It honors the humanity and sacrifice of the victims."—Tacoma News Tribune
Posted April 22, 2004
Once in a while a book comes along that you start to read and you can't put down until you finish reading it. This is one such book. The naive school girl who is taken to a horrible political prison starts out as any young, innocent and naive teenager who is not interested or involved in politics. But once there, she witnesses and experiences what is happening to political prisoners, in this case women prisoners, behind the prison walls all in the name of God and all because they do not agree with the ideology of the ruling class. This is not a story limited to a country or conflict. It is a universal story that can happen, has happened and is happening in many countries. But, Farnoosh Moshiri somehow takes us along with her young protagonist through the events of this book so that it is as if we are experiencing them with her. The writing is powerful yet natural and flowing and you just can't stop reading until the end. And, when you close the book, it is as if you have matured along side the protagonist, all in the short span of a month for her and just hours for you, but the lessons will stay with you for a lifetime. I recommend this book to everyone, especially to young women.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2002
Ms. Morshiri's simple yet strong description of feelings, moods, actions, views and interactions between the characters put the reader right inside The Bathhouse. Daily trivial phenomena such as day turning to night, night creatures singing, hating or loving, making friends or discovering enemies, beautiful and ugly, all take a different, new, nothing-like-before meaning. You can see human's conscious and subconscious, guided with his instincts, at work every minute of the character's journey. You will be left in awe upon realizition that a human is capable of showing such strength at the peak of hopelessness. My deepest regards to the author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2001
Moshiri's direct style in this novella conveys a powerful set of images, giving both an inside sensibility of the nubile young woman protagonist and an outside, graphic rendering of the brutal extremes of repressive forces in religious fundamentalist regimes like the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Afghani Taliban and its Mujahadeen predecessor, and the Zionist Israeli Entity. Moshiri weaves, with consumate artistry, the tender sensitivity of an innocent, blossoming young woman with the abject debasement of human dignity at the hands of prison administrators and guards. The experiences of the protagonist and her sisters in this horror of counterrevolution, religious fundamentalism in power, will leave you with an awareness of the depth of strength of human spirit, the irrepressible sensitivity and needs of young womanhood, and the vulerability we all carry within us that cannot be gained from the nightly CNN and other network accounts of events in the mideast today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.