The Republic of Imagination

The Republic of Imagination

America in Three Books

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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"A passionate hymn to the power of fiction to change people's lives, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran. Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics to her eager students in Iran. In this exhilarating followup, Nafisi has written the book her fans have been waiting for: an impassioned, beguiling, and utterly original tribute to the vital importance of fiction in a democratic society. What Reading Lolita in Tehran was for Iran, The Republic of Imagination is for America. Taking her cue from a challenge thrown to her in Seattle, where a skeptical reader told her that Americans don't care about books the way they did back in Iran, she energetically responds to those who say fiction has nothing to teach us. Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite American novels-The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt, and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, among others-she invites us to join her as citizens of her 'Republic of Imagination,' a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking Adult, 2014
ISBN: 9780553544763
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: America in three books

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Mar 06, 2017

I most enjoyed the introduction and epilogue, and then half of each of the three chapters: the half about the author herself I thought indulgent, chatty, and useless, and the half about the books themselves was really interesting: on Twain, refreshing and new (different from my own reading of it), and on the other two, Lewis and McCullers, interesting and encouraging enough to want me to read these authors whom I haven't read. The narration by Marno is excellent.

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