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Funny in Farsi (Random House, 2003) is Firoozeh Dumas' autobiography. The book spans Dumas' 9th year, when she first moved from small town Iran to Whittier, California. She writes about her experiences as an immigrant -- with a humorous twist. She laughs about not understanding the English language, getting lost at Disneyland, and money-earning schemes.

Dumas' stories are told from an immigrant's perspectives; her contact with the Iranian revolution was through familial stories and the injustices visited upon her by her American countrymen in Newport Beach, CA. Each chapter, as the title suggests, is marked by humorous lines -- one-liners, descriptions that make the reader laugh out loud, eccentric people, and funny scenes that punctuate her point of view that all people, no matter where they come from, have similar needs and interests.
This report prepared by Samantha S.








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Plot & Themes

Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Arab Gender/Class story?    -   immigrant story If this is a culture clash:    -   minority culture living in majority area Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes ethnic of society (outside)    -   American (west coast) Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+ Big/small town?    -   small town

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   Arab

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   like laughing How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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