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

Afschineh Latifi Pablo F. Fenjves

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

Even After All This Time A Story of Love Revolution and Leaving Iran At the age of ten a young Iranian girl witnesses the horror of her father s execution and escapes the revolution with her sister Growing up in Tehran in the s Afschineh Latifi and her sister and

  • Title: Even After All This Time: A Story of Love, Revolution, and Leaving Iran
  • Author: Afschineh Latifi Pablo F. Fenjves
  • ISBN: 9780060745349
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • At the age of ten, a young Iranian girl witnesses the horror of her father s execution and escapes the revolution with her sister.Growing up in Tehran in the 1970s, Afschineh Latifi and her sister and two brothers enjoyed a life of luxury and privilege Their father, a self made man, had worked his way up from nothing to become a colonel in the Shah s army, and their motheAt the age of ten, a young Iranian girl witnesses the horror of her father s execution and escapes the revolution with her sister.Growing up in Tehran in the 1970s, Afschineh Latifi and her sister and two brothers enjoyed a life of luxury and privilege Their father, a self made man, had worked his way up from nothing to become a colonel in the Shah s army, and their mother, a woman of equally modest roots, had made a career for herself as a respected schoolteacher But in February, 1979, Colonel Latifi was arrested by members of the newly installed Khomeini regime, and publicly pilloried as an Enemy of God Some months later, after having been shunted from one prison cell to another, and without benefit of a legitimate trial, Colonel Latifi was summarily executed.Fearing for the safety of her children, Mrs Latifi made a wrenching decision to send her daughters, ages ten and eleven, to the west, splitting up the family until they could safely reunite Out on their own, Afschineh and her sister, Afsaneh, were forced to become strong young women before they d even had a childhood.Even After All This Time is a story of hope and heartache, a story of a family torn apart for six harrowing years, and finally coming together to rebuild in America In the richly evocative tradition of the bestselling Reading Lolita in Tehran, this is a story of a family that had the courage to dream impossible dreams and to make them come true against impossible odds.

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    1. Shokufeh شکوفهKavani کاوانی on said:

      Afshineh Latifi is one year older than me and belongs to the same generation which experienced Islamic Revolution , war and leaving Iranher story gives a better undrestanding of Iran and what really happened and opens a new window to the people in other parts of the world. Good on her.افشینه لطیفی که به نسل من تعلق دارد ؛ یعنی نسلی که انقلاب 1357 و جنگ و غربت را تجربه کرده است به زبانی شیرین ؛ داستان خودش [...]

    2. Abigail Spracklen on said:

      Afschineh Latifi's "Even After All This Time" Is exactly what it says it is; a story of love, revolution, and leaving Iran. You get wonderfully descriptive details on all of that and more. Latifi tells us about the heart-wrenching execution of her father and the struggle in the forthcoming years. She tells us of her move to Austria with her sister Afseneh, and then her move to America. Latin doesn't just give us vague details in these stories. No, she tells us the nitty gritty of the situations. [...]

    3. Kim Deffebach on said:

      At the age of ten, a young Iranian girl witnesses the horror of her father's execution and escapes the revolution with her sister.Growing up in Tehran in the 1970s, Afschineh Latifi and her sister and two brothers enjoyed a life of luxury and privilege. Their father, a self–made man, had worked his way up from nothing to become a colonel in the Shah's army, and their mother, a woman of equally modest roots, had made a career for herself as a respected schoolteacher. But in February, 1979, Colo [...]

    4. Melissa on said:

      Amazing true story! Everyone should read this book. Your heart will break for these young sisters and you will be amazed to see how far they come. This is for everyone that is a mother, sister, comes from a tight family or is part of a close circle of friends. The family photos in the book make it all the more real.

    5. Kristin on said:

      This was a great book. It was actually really interesting to see how certain things in American culture are perceived by a newcomer, such as the wealth disparity (known to us in America, of course, but so much more distinctly visible to someone from a different culture) and the pervasiveness of corporate consumerism. When she said that in Iran the commercials play at the end of a TV program and not during, I was amazed. I was also amazed by how extraordinarily late the author and her sister bega [...]

    6. Wendy Coyle on said:

      This is a ghost written "fantay". Most of it doesn't make sense. Like they live in a big house in the most expensive suburb and drive Mercedes and have servants but her father, the author claims, is just a ordinary colonel. Uh Huh! Then her housewife mother doesn't understand, she claims, wh her husband was arrested for corruption. Sad, that he got executed. Sad they had to come to America. But somehow this same mothercalls up total but rich Iranian strangers, manages again to live above her mea [...]

    7. Sara on said:

      This book brought back lots of fond memories of my childhood in Saltanat abad, Tehran. It also reminded me so much of my own early days in America as I was struggling to learn English and trying not to be a big Geek at school.I could totally relate to many of the financial problems that Latifi family endured during their years to built a new life for themselves in USA. This shows that not all Iranians who immigrated to US were wealthy and of Royal descendant. Many of those immigrants were simply [...]

    8. Maggie Campbell on said:

      "Wherever you are, that's where God is, and that's where he'll always be.""Everything I am, I am because of you. Everything I have, I have because of you. I owe everything to youI love you more than you will ever know.""There are angels in all our lives, sprinkles here and there."

    9. Jennifer on said:

      This story was good, but not the best memoir I have read to come out of Persia.

    10. Cliffside Park Public Library (NJ) on said:

      Mixed thoughts on this, most of the group thought it was a great story, the girls were brave and to have survived through what they did was inspiring. Others thought it dragged, went into some unnecessary detail on some things and not enough explanation on others.

    11. ker Yee Chee on said:

      Hardly could I remember when had I finished reading the mentioned bibliography. However, it's the author whom I would always recall when I'm lost.

    12. Larissa on said:

      A great example of a family's will to survive while also trying to better themselves and maintain their sense of dignity and pride. You easily empathize with them as they are like every young, happy family: learning, exploring, girls being girls and boys being boys. The mother is a wonderful character and embodies the term sacrifice while never allowing her family to give up, admit defeat, or to settle for just surviving. attempting This book is about sacrifices, children having to grow up too q [...]

    13. Laura on said:

      I really enjoyed reading this book but I have to say it started to feel quite rushed about 2/3s the way through and it was a bit hard to finish, the ending was quite abrupt as well. I also really started to think about it after I finished the book and Colonel Latifi just seemed way to perfect to me and with Afschineh being so young when he was executed I wonder if she has put him on a pedestal. His execution was most definitely wrong and heartbreaking but was he as innocent as Afschineh has chos [...]

    14. Ari on said:

      on pg. 48. Started reading because in my Comparative Government class we are studying Iran and I wanted a different perspective on the shahLess info on Iran than I expected. The love story between the author's parents was so romantic though and I'm not usually a romantic myself. But the pictures and all the little details about how her parents had a rare, equal partnership, filled with love was touching. I especially liked the saying about the sun and the Earth ("even after all this time the sun [...]

    15. Michelle Voelker on said:

      Riveting Memoir. A well cared for, possibly spoiled, motivated and self-centered child has to grow up fast during the Iranian revolution when her father is detained and ultimately executed. Fascinating descriptions of her life in Iran, her family history, the love story of her parents, and the sudden changes in their status even before her father was detained. This book is also an interesting commentary on the acceptance/non-acceptance of immigrants/refugees in the US, as well as the continued p [...]

    16. S on said:

      I reached for this book because as an Iranian/American who spent her childhood in Iran, is of similar age to the author and lived in Iran for the first year of the Iranian Revolution, this book was relevant. Ms. Latifi grew up on a life of privilege in Tehran, as the daughter of a self made man who rose up in the ranks as a Colonel in the Shah of Iran's army. She grew up with great comfort in a very sheltered life but after the revolution hit, many high ranking officers in the Shah's army were r [...]

    17. Kim Miller-Davis on said:

      This is a fascinating memoir written by a woman who left Iran as a young girl right after the Iranian revolution. She tells the heartbreaking story of how Khomeini's regime killed her father and destroyed the only life she and her family knew. It's a story about the immortal love of a father, the unrelenting determination of a mother, and a family of people who share an inspirational devotion to each other, to the attainment of knowledge, and to the importance of perseverance. In telling her per [...]

    18. Shari on said:

      This is a memoir which chronicles the author’s life. We learn about her childhood in Tehran in the 1970s before the Ayatollah’s rise to power, the arrest and execution of her father who was a Colonel in the Shah’s army under the Ayatollah’s regime and her mother’s decision to send her and her sister to live first in Austria and then eventually in the United States where they lived without their mother for 6 years. While the book is not really all that well written I did find it compell [...]

    19. Shawna on said:

      This is probably the fifth memoir I've read by an Iranian woman who has had to leave Iran and immigrated to the west. I found this book to be very readable. I was epecially caught up in the segments where they were the Latifi girls were forced to live with their uncle who was less than thrilled to have them in his home. I was amazed by the fact that these girls were simply dropped into public school without knowing a word of English, yet they managed to perservere -- learning the language by wat [...]

    20. Bethany on said:

      I was sad at the end of this book: not because it had a sorrowful ending, but because it was over. Through these pages, I came to know and love Afschineh and her family. I almost felt as though I was a part of all they had gone through.The subtitle is “A Story of Love, Revolution, and Leaving Iran.” In the midst of deep tragedy, these strong women make their way from Iran to the United States, and make their way in their lives as well. Even After All This Time is a fantastic picture of famil [...]

    21. Jen on said:

      Beautiful book - I ended up reading it in one day! Not uncommon for me but it definitely has to catch me for a one-day read and this one fits. Her story becomes more touching after she and her sister come to America while her mom and brothers are still in Iran. And in the end, when she honestly writes of how her childhood tragedy still affects her current life and relationships, I shed a few tears. Actually I cried a couple time while reading the book - it was really beautiful.

    22. Jessica Fraser on said:

      I loved this book. From the first chapter it sucked me in deep and enlightened me to a reality I did not know existed. I read this after the Kite Runner also set in a similar setting though this being non-fiction it really broadened and expanded what I had already learned. This should be required reading in schools!

    23. Sahar on said:

      I actually liked this book so much and found it easy to relate to. I realize the whole "women escape from Iran" biography genre is over saturated, this one does not focus on the exodus but rather the longer term effects while growing up in the U.S. As a side note: I actually became pen pals with the lovely author and little does she know she actually helped me with some law school advice.

    24. Yvonne on said:

      I could hardly put this book down all weekend. A well-written true account of the author's life as a child in Iran, the execution of her father during the Revolution, and her subsequent move and life in America. It brought me to tears several times. An excellent book.

    25. Michelle on said:

      The story really stays with you. It is amazing how strong woman can be. It is astounding the events these people had to go through. Once again make one grateful for the life they have been fortunate to live.

    26. Carly R on said:

      Afschineh Latifi's account of the Iranian Revolution, her father's murder and the difficult transition to America is vivid and heartbreaking. I would highly recommend it as a beautiful memoir of pain, triumph and perseverance.

    27. Anna Kendig on said:

      The prose of this book is not really that great, but the story itself is truly fascinating. I love persian culture, too, and the historical pieces are well-woven into the personal history of the family. A good, fast read.

    28. Rafael.r on said:

      this book is a very touching story right from the first page. I am begging this book and there is already tragedies, families issues and bonds. From the second i saw this cover i have liked this book.

    29. Rachel on said:

      Biographical story about a girl from Iran and the struggles she went through (father killed, growing up without their mother in Austria and then America). Very interesting, but sad. Her mother was incredibly strong. she was probably my favorite character.

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