Chronicles from Iran

Chronicles from Iran

by Albertine Ahmadi

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ISBN-13: 9781908720191
Publisher: EBooks by Design
Publication date: 03/22/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 388
File size: 3 MB

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Chronicles from Iran 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Chronicles of Iran is a very honest, open and insightful look at life in Iran. This book is fantastic for anyone who wants to understand the interesting Iranian culture and the fascinating Iranian people, as well as how the country and culture interacts with the Western World.  The author uses the very effective method of including anecdotes and personal stories in order to demonstrate her points and clearly has a vast amount of experience of both Iranian culture and western culture, having lived in both. This way of conveying the information makes the writing both engaging and meaningful. The book does not read like a textbook, whilst at the same time it does contain important, interesting and accurate information.  For people who want to gain a deeper understanding about Iran and its’ people, without feeling like they are ‘studying’, this book is a great read.  Whilst the author takes a critical view of Iran and picks out the aspects which are not altogether positive. For example, Iran is depicted as a country that is still heavily influenced by previous dictators and strict Islamic regimes, with the author demonstrating frustration at the lack of a political group to stand against the system. However, she is also not shy with aiming criticism at the west and attempts to provide a balanced view. With so much biased information directing us towards viewing Iran in a certain (usually negative) light, this book, and the way in which the author portrays the information, ensures that an accurate and seemingly unbiased viewpoint is put across.  The writing is both engaging and informative and maintains a constant level of interest throughout. A country that is heavily censored such as Iran is difficult to gain a realistic and honest insight into, however, on completing this book I feel that I have a greater understanding and that this has come from a place of honestly and openness from a person with a passion and native understanding.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having already studied the modern history and politics of the Middle East I was interested to see what more this book could offer on the subject. What this book does well is humanise the subject, bringing the human touch to some difficult and complex issues. I was looking for books that would help me with my understanding of the Arab Spring, which was very much a revolution led by the people. Having already read a fair bit on the politics and recent history’s of many of the countries involved, it was still hard to fully empathise with the people involved. Chronicles from Iran hits the nail on the head when it comes to explaining the mindset of Iranians, going a long way to reveal why there wasn’t the revolution in Iran that was seen across so much of the Middle East. The order of the writing can be somewhat jarring as it jumps from subject to subject, creating snapshots of Iran rather than a chronological overview of its social history. It may not report the politics as in depth as other books on the subject, but it is excellent and compelling when it comes to describing Iranian society, never holding back from asking the sharp questions.