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Even After All This Time: A Story of Love, Revolution and Leaving Iran by Latifi Afschineh

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Story of an Iranian girl and her sister made to leave Iran in 1979 by her mother to get them to safety. Their lives were anything but safe and the book is the telling of their trials and triumphs.
Global Progression
This is book is touching, shocking, tender and tragic all rolled into one. The injustices of the political system in 20th Century Iran are the backdrop for Latifi's memoir. These situations are still occurring in 21st Century Iran, where religious minorities are imprisoned, tortured, & executed. A good complement to "Even After" would be Roxana Saberi's account of her recent imprisonment.
The Apotheoses of Lacspor
I love LOVE this book! so much that i have repurchased it and gifted it to friends. I am so impressed and moved by the story in this book, and everything this family went through.
Great book to read. Describes how a family can be torn apart just because they do not side with the rulers of a country.
This is a story of young girl who exprience the 1979 Revolution which brought many pain for her. Still, she mourns for her father's death because she could not say good bye to her. The Revolutionary people that they believed in Marxist-Islamist justice curtailed his life without a chance to defend himself. The author went through many difficult times, as she was struggling with some form of depression. Read it, feel it and be compassion.
This book is a great story of the refuge family from Iranian revolution who ultimately find happines in the USA. The story of family love,tragedy and victory of people who manage to preserve their human dignity despite of overwhelming odds is rewarding experiance for every reader regardless of his or her background or interest in history. Even though the book could also serve as a guide to personal feelings and expireences of the westrenized Iranian elite destroyed by the Islamic revolution of 1979.
In the spring of 1979 when Latifi was only 10, her father, a colonel in the Shah's army was executed for crimes against the state by Khomeni loyalists. The author begins her story with the cold facts of her father's haphazard imprisonment, quick trial and summary execution.

Life had been getting progressively worse in the months leading up to the Islamic revolution, and what makes Colonel Latifi's death doubly tragic is the fact that he likely could have fled the country with his family, as many others in the middle and upper classes did at that time. The elder Latifi never stopped believing that he had a duty to his country, and so he stayed.

The death of the family patriarch preceeds a long battle for his widow to get her children out of Iran, however she could, and to safety. As radical Islam gains a stronghold over the land, it becomes increasingly difficult for her to raise her family and continue her own work as a teacher, which she refuses to give up. She enrolls Afschineh and her elder sister Asfaneh to a private school in Austria, where they can pursue their studies free from the extremism that has gripped their country. It would be years until the mother could secure visas for her two sons so that she could secret them out of Iran on the guise of a short family visit in the United States.

The Latifi mother is a driven woman who is convinced that all four of her children will become doctors. During the daughters' difficult years of estrangement from their Persian relations, she advises them in weekly telephone calls with the words of her husband: "You are the daughter of a soldier", she says, to steel their resolve.

When the Latifi girls finally make it to America, they stay with their uncle in Virginia. The arrangement is strained from the beginning. Eventually, they declare their independence from this situation and get an apartment together, where they work their way through school. The young women often work multiple jobs in order to make enough money to pay the modest rent, and to have something left to send to their mother, who is mightily struggling back home.

Young Afschineh comes across as demanding and self-centered on a number of occasions, but she is forthcoming about her faults. To her credit, not only is she a young girl, but she had to endure her father's untimely death, followed by her fall from a comfortable upper-middle class lifestyle and life in a foreign land in which she knows no one. The story reaches a climax with the author's return to her native land some 15 years after she left to pursue her education, as she struggles to remember the place where she grew up.

Even After All This Time is a gripping memoir of a young girl who is torn between two worlds. This aspect of the book reminded me of Barack Obama's memoir, Dreams from my Father. Her family's determination and love for one another is what keeps them together and ultimately saves them all. It is truly a beautiful story of survival and hope.
I see this book as two or perhaps three in one.

On the one hand it is the story of a family torn apart by the execution of the father (convicted of commiting murder on the day he was in a hospital far away). The author was a young girl of ten at that time. This is the story of her life after her fathers arrest and execution. Obviously well to do at the time, the two daughters were sent to school in Austria, and finally to an uncle in America.

As part of this, I am reminded that when people move to the United States, they often become the best, most capable citizens we have. In this family of four children there are two doctors and two lawyers. Often, usually, the people who leave a country are the best people that that country has. Our country is benefitted by their being here.

Finally, this is the story of how an Islamic government moving into power. At one time the author's mother is showing hospital records to the jailer, and is told that it doesn't matter what proof she has, the decision stands and he will be executed. Not too different, I guess, than the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, but a pretty rough way to life. And this is what people say they want???

ISBN: 1904132685

Rating: 4.9/5

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ISBN13: 978-1904132684

Publisher: Fusion Press (May 26, 2005)

Language: English

Subcategory: Historical

Pages: 320

Even After All This Time: A Story of Love, Revolution and Leaving Iran
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Author: Latifi Afschineh
Title: Even After All This Time: A Story of Love, Revolution and Leaving Iran