Sattareh Farmaian presents a new perspective on a woman’s life in Iran during the early and mid twentieth century while intertwining the country's political history in her book Daughter of Persia: A Woman's Journey from Her Father's Harem through the Islamic Revolution. The book is presented with two running stories, one of which illustrates Iran’s history, and the other, her personal experience and her family’s history. These memoirs take the reader through her childhood and her journey to America to her trip back to Iran to establish a college for social workers, and imprisonment during the Islamic Revolution.
The book opens up on the setting of a large family complex in Tehran, where the family was forced to move when the Qajar dynasty…show more content… One problem with the book was that at times it did seem very sectioned off, in some points giving a sort of heartfelt account of Farmaian’s experiences before shifting rather abruptly to a historical or political context. Farmaian had a very blunt tone, while personal, her language was at times graphic and curt. Language like this makes the book feel less like a personal story that she is telling and more like an anecdote in a text book. Improvement could have been made in these fields by perhaps making a more direct connection between the political climate in Persia to the authors personal experience. In doing this the reader would be more likely to retain the information presented on either side of the spectrum, from narration of her life to report of the history surrounding these incidents. Though at times Farmaian’s tone was very effective in illustrating a clear picture of her condition, at times it was a bit vague, and impersonal. Fixing this would be a simple matter of elaboration and explanation. If she were to make some of the connections between the historical description and her narration, it would help the reader to understand her situation even