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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Laughing Is Good In Any Language! "Laughing Without An Accent" by Firoozeh Dumas

Americans tend to think they have the market on humor cornered. But in her book, “Laughing Without An Accent,” Iranian American author Firoozeh Dumas proves that funny is funny, no matter what language it’s in.

Having immigrated to the United States with her family when she was seven, Dumas has spent the majority of her life in Southern California but kept her memories of her Persian homeland and culture alive through her vast family who also lived in the United States. As with most families, the basis of most of Dumas’ charming short stories deal with the silly things her relatives have done, such as her mom and dad’s obsession with bargains, a holiday cruise with all fifty-one members of her family, and other quirky, but off the wall events.

Dumas also includes sweet memories of her childhood, growing up in pre-revolutionary Iran, where she was a cherished child who had a stuffed pet monkey as a companion and an unusual passion for dusting. (She reports she has recovered from that malady as she has grown older!)

Going to school in Tehran was much stricter than American schools, and Dumas fondly remembers her beloved second grade American teacher who made learning a delight.

She also writes about how hard it was being in America after the Tehran hostage situation in 1979, when her father had a hard time finding work, and her family was viewed through suspicious eyes. Dumas includes meeting Kathryn Koop, one of the women hostages, years later, and how the two women bonded during an usual road trip through Iowa.

“Laughing Without An Accent” is Dumas’ second book, her first “Funny In Farsi” being a world-wide best seller. This collection of short stories is a witty and well-written memoir, but I also found it a poignant look into the life of a lady dealing with adversity with grace and humor. And wouldn’t we all be better off in this world if we behaved in the same manner.

Bravo, Firoozeh Dumas.

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Petty Witter said...

Sounds like an interesting read, Sharon. I'm not sure that humor is all that universal as I think it is quite a personal thing and varies from region to region., let alone country to country.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Short stories are some of my favorite things to read! Right now I'm so constricted with time and it's great to know that I can pick up and put down something. Plus, I love universal themes of humor....sounds like a winner. Thanks!

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Miss Remmers said...

This looks so cute! I love it!