So, I've been listening to the audio version of this book by Azar Nafisi. It is not a salacious telling of Lolita to a bunch of Iranians but rather, it takes that book and others like The Great Gatsby and gets into the mind of the characters. It is a true story of Nafisi's time spent as a literature professor at the University of Tehran in the days of the beginnings of the revolution that overthrew the Shah of Iran and replaced him with a fundamentalist Islamic theocratic ruler, the Ayatollah Khomeini. It chronicles the effects the revolution had on her students (who were studying Western literature) and the transformation of some of them into radical student revolutionaries and others.......well, read the book or listen to it on audio.
I have found the study of religious extremism and the parallel to the mentality of the current radical Jehovah's witnesses to be very similar from a psychological point of view. Both in the book and in my personal experience with my daughter the people caught up in this type of thinking become very alien people from who they formerly were. They are robotic in their expressions of faith and even their supposed joy is..........robotic. The same was true of the students in this book who became radicalized. The idea that our JW families have become 'radicalized' is increasingly on my mind.
If you're interested in an intellectual kind of book but a good listen to on audio check it out!