Laughing Without an Accent – Review

Firoozeh’s follow-up to her freshman bestseller Funny in Farsi, is not quite as funny. Laughing Without an Accent is a more mature book, filled with stories of Firoozeh’s adulthood, instead of her childhood.

If read this book expecting it to be as funny as her first book, you’ll be disappointed. If you read this book trying to understand how a Persian woman, married to a French man is trying to raise their children and live in a diverse population, then you’ll be satisfied. A few of her stories get repetitive, especially when you see the same exact sentence in 2 or more chapters. But, even the repetitions add a different spin and fill in some gaps to a previously told story. One chapter I loved included a monkey jumping on Firoozeh’s balcony when she was five years old, and also a lesson to be learned from the story about experimenting with new foods in different countries.

Its not laugh out loud writing, its more shake your head and wonder. Mostly at the people around Firoozeh, racist teachers and difficult Iranian governments.

The book is a quick read, but with a good chunk of political and social commentary. It will probably hit home for a lot of Persian-Americans, and other Middle East cultures, since many of the cultural, filial sentiments are the same (ie. Middle Easterns love to feed people. Its our number one hobby in my opinion). It is also a more toned down way for other cultures to read and learn that not all Middle Eastern people are terrorists. There is a large number out there are hard-working, good, decent human beings.

Find this book at your local library

Laughing Without an Accent
by: Firoozeh Dumas
ISBN 9780345499561
226 pages
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6 responses to “Laughing Without an Accent – Review

  1. Thank you for reviewing my book. I really appreciate it. And I do agree with you that there are many hard-working, decent Middle Easterners out there…we are a well-kept secret!

    Best,
    Firoozeh

  2. Okay, so I’ll put both of them on my reading list. Should I try to read this one first so I don’t expect hilarity?

  3. rantsandreads

    I recommend reading Funny in Farsi first. Firoozeh refers to a few stories from that first memoir in Laughing Without an Accent.

  4. rantsandreads

    Firoozeh –

    Thank you for writing the book. Its such an honor to get a comment from you on my little blog. =)

  5. Even though Funny in Farsi had me laughing out loud every other page, I think Laughing Without an Accent provided a more nostalgic feelings. I related more to it that Funny in Farsi because of the social commentaries that summed up each chapter… Well thought out examples that apply to contemporary society, not just Iranian society.

  6. I haven’t read Funny in Farsi, but I have to tell you, I don’t remember laughing so hard as the time I was reading “Laughing with an Accent”. It energized me!

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