i finished reading "prisoner of tehran, a memoir" that i bought yesterday. personally, i think it is a waste of 17cad. not totally, as i got to learn the history of iraq and iran war, about ayatullah khomeini, and the islamic revolution in iran even though not from the view i want to see it. a much lighter version of the kite runner.
nevertheless, i must say it is interesting to read about iran's history. walau saya kurang pasti point of view yang mana yang perlu dipercayai. ayatullah khomeini dikatakan pemimpin yang kejam. selepas beribu-ribu pengikutnya mati melawan shah (sebelum islamic revolution), bila ditanya wartawan apa perasaannya, beliau hanya menjawab "nothing". itu versi marina nemat.
namun on another view, khomeini berjaya melaksanakan hudud di seluruh negara. walau ramai remaja ditahan hanya kerana menulis beberapa artikel dalam surat khabar sekolah. beliau juga menyeru seruan jihad untuk melawan saddam hussein, dalam perang iraq-iran. beliau jugalah yang mengeluarkan fatwa tentang salman rushdie.
bak kata marina nemat; "maybe behind the stern face of ayatullah khomeini, he was not an evil man, after all, i have heard he liked poem and arts like normal people,"
(dari chapters.indigo.ca):In 1982, 16-year-old Marina Nemat was arrested on false charges by Iranian Revolutionary Guards and tortured in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. At a time when most Western teenaged girls are choosing their prom dresses, Nemat was having her feet beaten by men with cables and listening to gunshots as her friends were being executed. She survived only because one of the guards fell in love with her and threatened to harm her family if she refused to marry him. Soon after her forced conversion to Islam and marriage, her husband was assassinated by rival factions. Nemat was returned to prison but, ironically, it was her captor's family who eventually secured her release. An extraordinary tale of faith and survival, Prisoner of Tehran is a testament to the power of love in the face of evil and injustice.