Prisoner of Tehran

I don’t usually blog about the books I read. Most of the time I feel like there is nothing for me to add that isn’t in a book review on Amazon. But I’ll give a few thoughts on this special book.

Prisoner of Tehran: One Woman’s Story of Survival Inside an Iranian Prison was written by Marina Nemat. Marina was a prisoner in Evin. (Evin is in Tehran, Iran). She was one of the lucky ones. She was able to tell her story while many others never got the chance.

Marina today

What I like about her story is the way she wrote about Tehran before the war. She weaves her story of imprisonment alongside her growing up innocently in Iran. Although, she was arrested at 16 or 17 so she didn’t really have a chance to grow up.

How religion is used to justify what is happening sickens me. It is disgusting. These people are physically and psychologically tortured. Many of the women are raped before they are executed. Religion is the excuse.

I’m not spoiling the book. Obviously Marina is okay and extremely lucky. It is a sad, amazing story.

People are supposed to believe Evin is better now. Supposedly the women prisoners can talk on the phones and get degrees. That wasn’t happening while Marina was there. It is still a sick place. Innocent people are there without access to lawyers….I don’t for one second believe it is fair now.

It is a quick read. I definitely recommend it.

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