A Beginner's Guide to Acting English

A Beginner's Guide to Acting English

Large Print - 2011
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Born in Tehran, Shappi is the young, precocious darling of the Khorsandi family - a warm-hearted, eccentric Iranian clan. But when her father takes a job in London, Shappi, her mother and her brother Peyvand follow him there. Then the Islamic revolution erupts and her father becomes a wanted man. So this is the story of growing up a stranger in a strange land where everyone smells of milk. It's about learning kiss chase and how to eat fish fingers. But it is also the story of a close-knit family tested by the threat of everything they cherish being taken away.
Publisher: Leicester : Thorpe, 2011.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781444806199
144480619X
Characteristics: 448 p. (large print) ; 24 cm.

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Manateestarz Jan 26, 2017

A delightful book from a British-Iranian stand up comedian.

I loved Shappi's endearing, sentimental portrayal of her grandparents, with a vignette dedicated to each one's childhood. I loved the description of the flat full of Irooni expatriates such as her artsy friend Mitra.
I especially adored the way that the author remembered precisely what it was like to be a child and have a completely imperfect understanding of why adults do the things they do and how the world works.
I feel that now I know more about what it feels like to grow up in Iran and be an intellectual during the last days of the Shah and the first days of Khomeini. It was a really great introduction to Iranian modern history because it was told in a simple way through a child's eyes.

Highly recommended.

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