Prisoner of Tehran

Prisoner of Tehran

A Memoir

Book - 2008
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Mar 25, 2019

This was an amazing and heartfelt story about Marina Nemat. The book is very beautifully written and the connections she makes to her life before prison are simply astounding. The struggles of her life really put into perspective the lives of people living in Iran at the time of the Islamic revolution. Her bravery is commendable and the passion behind her words is very apparent. A well-written story about a very real lady that endured so much but didn't waver in her faith in God. It is very moving and definitely very inspirational.

Sensitively written for those of us who have never been exposed to such violence and don't have the constitution for too much detail. Nevertheless I was deeply moved by the story, the lack of control one could have over one's life for a youthful 'misdemeanor' as judged by the state and especially her family's reaction to her return from prison. Thank you to a courageous author for the emotional cost she paid to write this story for the western world.

Oct 02, 2013

powerful and moving book; hard to believe this could happen yet it did.

It's the kind of book that actually grabs you and plunges you head first into its depths. It's the kind of book that leaves you stricken and shaking before the cruelty of the human race, but also wondering about some of the most profound controversies of it's members characters. The book follows Marina throughout her stay in Evin, Iran. She offers incredible insight into life in Iran at that time and shows the ins and outs of revolution (this book is especialy interesting if you can make links to the recent arab spring). Her stories will stay with you long after you have closed the book.

Pauline R. Wolf
Jan 13, 2013

Harrowing tale of survival of a Christian teen arrested, tortured and blackmailed by revolutionary guards. Author's story from her arrest in 1982 through to 1991. Excellently written biography.

BPLNextBestAdults Oct 16, 2012

In 1982 sixteen-year-old Marina Nemat was arrested for her anti-revolutionary views and sent to Evin prison in Iran. This memoir recounts her life prior and during her stay in the prison. Marina was tortured, forced to marry one of the prison interrogators and forced to convert to Islam. After her first husband was assassinated, her father-in-law was able to secure her release. She then married her Christian boyfriend, Andre. Because she married a non-Muslim it was dangerous for both Marina and her husband Andre to remain in Iran. After three years both were able to get passports when they paid a large sum of money to be allowed to leave Iran. They first settled in Spain and then immigrated to Toronto as refugees. A truly inspirational tale of courage and conviction.

Aug 02, 2012

At 16, the author was imprisoned, somewhat tortured, married her prison guard, and converted to Islam from Christianity. Her husband was assassinated; she was released, married and emigrated to Canada. Naive and of questionable understanding.

Jul 21, 2012

Incredible true story - gives credence to the fact that truth is stranger than fiction. High recommend!

Jun 02, 2012

Highly recommended. I heard about this book in Canada Reads. It deserved to win. I liked it much better than "Something Fierce."

May 18, 2012

Amazing book. Truly gripping, honest and raw without going into gory detail. Ms. Nemat's story is remarkable. She is a great author, managing to transmit the essence of the human spirit that is in all of us. So relate able yet shocking and deeply emotional. Should be essential reading.

Shansbooks Jan 31, 2012

Canada Reads 2012

Sytheguy Dec 30, 2011

This book is a personal memoir but Ms Nemat uses all the tools of a novelist hence a gripping story that is such a page turner it is impossible to put down once you start .Though 20 years old the story is still very relevant.A great pick for a book club.

Sep 18, 2011

Riveting story and absolute page-turner!

Aug 28, 2011

WHOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW this book is amazing!! A great read, harsh at times, but a true survival story. Marina is one hell of a person. I know I would not have survived and stayed as strong as she did. It is true what they say that people are products of their environment. She was built to last; I don’t know how I could have done it. She made me so proud that she did not loose her faith. Andre you are an Angel!!! She is lucky to have you!!

Aug 04, 2011

The things this lady had to deal with at the hand of a corrupt government regime is heart wrenching. Nobody should have to endure that kind of torture.

Mar 23, 2011

Haven't read it yet, but the author - the Prisoner of Tehran came to our school and talked to us about her horrid experiences. I will definitely be reading it soon.

Mar 08, 2011

A memorable book to be long remembered. A very personal and touching story by a very brave woman who faced a brutal regime with determination a bravery. We should be proud that she chose to live in Canada and is now one of us.

Sep 01, 2010

Moving story of one person's experiences as Iran's Shah fell and the Ayatollah took over. Author suffers through several forced acts: prison, marriage, etc. As told, she shows great determination - and wins.

Mar 30, 2010

I LOVED the book. Last year I had a chance to listen to her speak, she is a very strong women. She has given a face to the issues that women face in Iran. I would let every woman to read it.

Mar 14, 2010

This was an informative and interesting read. I highly recommend for those interested in memoirs and even those who just like an informative read.

Jan 11, 2010

Wonderfully written.

Jul 10, 2009

Very good book on women rights in iran

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