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By Firoozeh Dumas

This new Readers Circle version incorporates a interpreting staff consultant and a talk among Firoozeh Dumas and Khaled Hosseini, writer of The Kite Runner.”

In 1972, while she used to be seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her relatives moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving without firsthand wisdom of this nation past her father’s sparkling thoughts of his graduate institution years right here. extra relatives quickly undefined, and the extended family has been right here ever given that.

Funny in Farsi chronicles the yankee trip of Dumas’s splendidly enticing relatives: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on Bowling for money and in Las Vegas, and later misplaced his activity in the course of the Iranian revolution; her based mom, who by no means totally mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the consequences of yank quickly nutrients with a military of striking American weight reduction devices; and Firoozeh herself, who as a woman replaced her identify to Julie, and who encountered a moment wave of tradition surprise whilst she met and married a Frenchman, changing into a part of a one-couple melting pot.

In a chain of deftly drawn scenes, we watch the family members grapple with American English (hot canines and hush puppies?—a whole mystery), American traditions (Thanksgiving turkey?—an even higher secret, because it tastes like nothing), and American tradition (Firoozeh’s mom and dad snigger uproariously at Bob wish on tv, even supposing they don’t get the jokes even if she interprets them into Farsi).

Above all, this is often an unforgettable tale of identification, discovery, and the facility of kin love. it's a ebook that would go away us all laughing—without an accessory.

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What did we feed them? Was it a bumpy ride? I always disappointed them by admitting that I had never seen a camel in my entire life. And as far as a ride goes, our Chevrolet was rather smooth. They reacted as if I had told them that there really was a person in the Mickey Mouse costume. We were also asked about electricity, tents, and the Sahara. Once again, we disappointed, admitting that we had electricity, that we did not own a tent, and that the Sahara was on another continent. Intent to remedy the image of our homeland as backward, my father took it upon himself to enlighten Americans whenever possible.

After weeks of research, we concluded that Kentucky Fried Chicken was the best thing we had tasted in America, followed by Baskin-Robbins, every last one of its flavors. qxd 11/7/03 3:39 PM Page 27 Funny in Farsi 27 very difficult time cooking in America. The Colonel’s secret recipe had set my mother free. Several times a week, my father would buy a couple of buckets of fried chicken on his way home from work. We’d fight over the crispy crumbs at the bottom and wash it all down with Coke. On other nights, we ate pizza, marveling at the stretchy cheese and our insatiable appetite for this wondrous food.

Qxd 11/7/03 3:39 PM Page 25 Funny in Farsi 25 was barely big enough for us. ” As charming as this sounds, it translates into a long line for the bathroom and extra loads of laundry for my mother. My father and his younger brother, Nematollah, share many interests, none stronger than the love of new foods. Some experience a foreign land through museums or historical sights, but for our family, America was to be experienced through the taste buds. Every day, Kazem and Nematollah, like cavemen headed for the hunt, would drive to the local supermarket, returning with cans and boxes of mysterious American products.

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