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The Prisoner OF Tehran

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At 16 Marina Nemat was arrested by two of Ayatollah Khomeini's soldiers. It was 1982, the height of Iranian revolution. A devout Christian, she was deemed "a danger to Islamic society" for demanding he government propaganda to be kept out of the classroom. Thrown in prison, she was beaten and sentenced to death and most certainly would have been executed had one of her interrogators not spared her life on the condition that she coverts to Islam and marry him. Told in a simple, unsentimental style, "Prisoner of Tehran written by Marina Nemat is an extraordinary story of survival and how one woman finally found her inner peace through the written word. Marina now lives with her husband and her two sons in the suburbs of Toronto nd became proud middle-class Canadians. This was when her memories of her heartbreaking story of forgiveness came back to her causing her to loose sleep. Marina starts this extraordinary story off by her shocking dilemma troubling her, forcing her to write everything on paper. "I lost the ability sleep." It began with snapshots of memories, I tried to push them away, but they rushed at me, invading my daytime hours as well as night." ...read more.


When no one spoke up about what hey had done against the Islamic Revolution Law and about the people who Hamehd wanted to know about, he was forced by the law to tae Marina and all the other people who were named on the list for execution. Hamehd took Marina to arrest her friends that were on the list. He already knew about all he people on the list but he just wanted to know about Marina's vies against the revolution. Marina proves to Hamehd that she was an enemy of the Revolution by not telling him anything, so Hamehd takes her for execution but just before Marina was going to be shot, Ali came and took her away on the condition that she would have convert to Islam an marry him. "Get up!" ... "Yes, yes!" I said. "Next to the poles right now!" Hamehd barked. "They aimed their guns out at us, is dying going to hurt as much as being lashed? Dear Jesus, help me." ... "Ali came and walked towards me after whispering to Hamehd about something. He untied me an too me to the car." These quotations show the reader that Marina feels a fear of death ad uses monologue effectively while talking aloud to herself praying to Jesus for help. ...read more.


These quotes show us that Marina felt really happy to know that she was going home, but the awkward feeling of her being released all of a sudden was that all her memories of the pain ad torture that she went through was the topic that would never be able to be talked about with anyone. The personal statement given by the writer herself made me as a reader feel the way I think she would feel if I were in her place. "Evin had taken me away from home, from who I had been; it had taken me to a realm beyond fear; it had shown me more pain than any human being should ever endure. I had experienced loss before; I had grieved. But there, grief became a never-ending, raging body of darkness that kept its victims I a perpetual state of suffocation. How was one supposed to live after being there? I had to stop thinking. These thoughts would bring me nothing but despair. 'Prisoner of Tehran' is not an easy book to read because of the frankness with which Nemat describes the utter brutality of an Iranian prison system. This engrossing 273 paged book is a very sad reminder of what us or was happening around a certain part of the world when we were comfortably sitting in our homes or going about our normal duties. ...read more.

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