The Republic of Imagination

The Republic of Imagination

America in Three Books

Book - 2014
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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, Nafisi 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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, [2014]
ISBN: 9780670026067
0670026069
Branch Call Number: 921 NAFISI
Characteristics: 338 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: America in three books

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quagga Feb 20, 2015

I found the part about James Baldwin, in the epilogue, particularly powerful.

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StephenFoster
Jan 22, 2015

The writer sustains a wise conversation with three American classic works (Huckleberry Finn; Babbitt; and Carson McCuller's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter). Nafisi describes the influence of each of these works in her reading and teaching lives (one life, integrated), and the importance of the books in American life and perception. Her discussions of meanings intersect and mingle with her views of her native society (Iran) and with her adopted one (American). Well worth reading and reflecting on--since what she has to say about writers and the humanities in our contemporary society are both crucial.

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Poppasauk
Jan 14, 2015

Excellently written perspective on life in the US using great American novels as the matrix. Well worth the time to read.

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