What a book. I was looking for a book by an Iranian author and picked this up. I was trying to understand why Iran which boasted the best universities at one point, where the world gathered to study had turned into what it had and what a find.
I found Shrin Ebadi, a lawyer, an advocate for human rights who was awarded the Nobel peace prize and her story. This book is an autobiography and is a gripping story of an unrelenting activist.
Before I picked the book I had an impression about Iran which I quickly found was so wrong. Someday I would like to visit that country, a cradle of civilization.
Finally I think every activist must read this book. The price you pay for being an activist in Iran or USA or any other place is high. In her quest for fighting for human rights Shirin Ebadi probably did not lose her kids but lost everything else. A very good book. Highly recommended.
Some passages I liked…
“when justice is not available to us in this world, there is nothing for us to do but seek refuge in a higher power”
“I explained to him that I had made a pledge to myself never to receive any payment from any political prisoner. Fulfilling that pledge was like performing a divine duty for me.”