Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh DumasIn 1972, when she was seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her family moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond her fathers glowing memories of his graduate school years here. More family soon followed, and the clan has been here ever since. Funny in Farsi chronicles the American journey of Dumass wonderfully engaging family: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on Bowling for Dollars and in Las Vegas, and later lost his job during the Iranian revolution; her elegant mother, who never fully mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the effects of American fast food with an army of miraculous American weight-loss gadgets; and Firoozeh herself, who as a girl changed her name to Julie, and who encountered a second wave of culture shock when she met and married a Frenchman, becoming part of a one-couple melting pot.
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Undeterred by a threatening note slipped under their hotel-room door "Dear Brainwashed Cowards, You are nothing but puppets of the corrupt Shah. Their response? To take the first flight back to California. Kate Taylor - New Yorker This lighthearted memoir chronicles the author's move from Iran to America in at age seven, the antics of her extended family and her eventual marriage to a Frenchman. The best parts will make readers laugh out loud, as when she arrives in Newport Beach, Calif. Many of the book's jokes, though, are groan inducing, as in, "the only culture that my father was interested in was the kind in yogurt.
Oh, that sounds adorable! Fish-out-of-water stories can be so fun if the protagonist has a strong, lovable spirit. Watching how an individual's life changes with the course of a revolution is also a powerful type of story. Thanks for the review! Post a Comment We love your comments! Posted by Reading Lark October 27, Funny in Farsi.
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Kazem is an intelligent engineer working for a large Iranian petroleum company, and he needs to be in the United States for his work. Over the next two years, Firoozeh slowly adjusts to her American surroundings. She and her mother get lost when they try to walk home, but a friendly American family lets them use the phone to call Kazem. Afterwards, Firoozeh quickly learns to speak English well, and very soon she can speak without any trace of an accent. He immerses himself in American culture, studying documents of any kind and watching hours of junky television. Firoozeh perfects her own English learning how to translate for her mother. Students asks her if there are camels in her country, and even parents assume that she speaks the same language as everyone else who lives in the Middle East.