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Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America (udgave 2004)

af Firoozeh Dumas

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In 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 father's 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 Dumas's 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.… (mere)
Medlem:ummyasmin
Titel:Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
Forfattere:Firoozeh Dumas
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2004), Paperback, 240 pages
Samlinger:Islamic Studies - Beginner
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Sharing experiences from childhood to adulthood, Faroozeh recognizes how different Iranian culture is to US typical culture and makes us smile at the same time. We are all the same beneath. ( )
  bereanna | Apr 28, 2020 |
I enjoyed this book despite a couple of moments when the author seems a bit full of herself and definitely cheesy! What I enjoyed is the message that not all immigrant families are poor and fleeing a disaster: for some, the US is a move for work, just like other families.

Some good chapters to excerpt include "A Dozen Key Chains", "It's All Relatives" and "Judges Paid Off" ( )
  TheLoisLevel | Aug 26, 2019 |
Funny in Farsi is the amusing memoir of Firoozeh, who moved with her parents and siblings from Iran to California at the age of seven. She describes with clever turns of phrase and a lighthearted tone the many ways in which her middle eastern family experienced culture shock, confusion and linguistic challenges over the years, but doesn't neglect to include the instances by which they became conscious of our shared humanity, regardless of native origin.

The first chapter or two felt a bit like watching a stand-up set, with the suspicion that some details were possibly embellished for comedic effect. Eventually, either the author became more skilled at realistically portraying funny episodes, or I stopped noticing. This slim, whimsical volume is a quick read, and would also make a great addition to a high school classroom. ( )
  ryner | Apr 30, 2019 |
An enjoyable memoir

This book was funny and charming. It’s a quick read, but has lots of detail about her family, Iran and her life straddling two cultures — Iranian and American. Her stories about her quirky Dad steal the show, though. ( )
  justjoshinreads | Mar 22, 2019 |
Firoozeh Dumas' memoir is a light and fitfully amusing read, but one which I felt missed an opportunity to dig a bit deeper into the experience of being an Iranian immigrant to California in the early 1970s. This is not to say that just because she's of Iranian background that Dumas was required to write about the political and cultural ramifications of the Revolution, but the careful way that she avoids any really tricky topics means that she also misses out on the opportunity to say anything that's going to linger much with the reader once the last page is turned. There's also a distracting little vein of internalised misogyny that I found distracting, and the essay about the ugly nose (per Dumas) of one woman who's a total stranger to her (but about whom Dumas includes enough identifying information for someone who works at Berkeley to find out her name) left a nasty taste in my mouth. ( )
  siriaeve | Aug 28, 2018 |
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In 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 father's 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 Dumas's 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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