This book is about an english lit. lectuerer who teaches in Tehran University to undergraduate students. She is handing her resignation to the university faculty in the hope of being retired from her job all because of her hatred of regime`s arbitrary rules and compulsery laws. In Iran in the late 90`s, Azra Nafisi and seven young women- her former students-gathered at her house every thursday to discuss forbiden works of western literature.shy and uncomfortable at first, then they began to open up,not only about the novels they were reading but also about their own dreams and disappointment.their personal stories interwine with those they are reading PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, WASHINGTON SQUARE, DAISY MILLER and LOLITA their lolita,as they imagined in her in Tehran. Azra Nafisi also tells her own story,back to the early days of the revolution when she first started teaching at the university of tehran,amid a swirl of protest and demonstaration. Azra Nafisi`s luminous tale offers a facinating portrait of the Iran-Iraq war and gives a rare glimpse, from the inside, of women`s lives in revolutionary Iran. It is a great work of passion and poetic beauty, written with startlingly original voice.