I feel like this book is a missed opportunity I had heard about it on Pod "Save America And Jason Was "America and Jason was guest The book sounded really interesting and I was hoping to learn It was good for about the first 5% After that the narrator became totally unlikeable It is hard to say that in a memoir about being a captive in an Iranian prison but it s true The narrator
S Voice Started To Feel voice started to feel inauthentic as he was constantly just aiming for praise He s like the cool id in high school that never gets over it The entire book was full of name dropping famous people who entire book was full of name dropping famous people who lot of times had nothing else to do with the story besides being mentioned once There were SO MANY cringey moments Jason is a misogynist and a racist He will take any opportunity he can to disregard a woman commenting on what she s wearing and how she looks To be honest I put this book down several times and never had a desire to pick it up and One Too Many Blows To The Head keep reading like I get with good books I wanted to finish it though I wanted the details of the end But I had to push through all the name dropping arrogant racist and sexist remarks he felt so inclined to make Disgusting comments that somehow passed through his editor To be honest I am a little shocked that he is a professional writer yet his writing was awful There were tons of moments where he threw things in in the middle of chapters which never came back to connect to anything else I was confused in a lot of moments It s unfortunate This could have been a decent book if the narrator wasn t so absolutely terrible This book is the definition of nonfiction that reads like fiction The author Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police in July 2014 He was accused of spying for America which was and is absurd He details the initial arrest which took place in his and his wife s apartment and the thoughts that were going through his head Is this for real this sound like a movie plot and It was so implausible but it was happening He s blindfolded way before BirdBox fame when he was taken out of his cell even to meet his own lawyer Threats of death and dismemberment were tactics that were used almost daily on him One can understand why prisoners get worn down by interrogations uite scary Jason was lucky in that his brother worked hard to lobby for him and started a social media campaign FreeJason all while Iranian courts used him as a bargaining chip in negotiations for the Iran nuclear dealI read an advance copy and was not compensated Update I ve a had a few months to sleep on this and I thought it s fair if I reduce my rating to 1 starI feel like a total asshole for giving this book a bad review But let me explainI m an Ira. “An important story Harrowing and suspenseful yes but it’s also a deep dive into a complex and egregiously misunderstood country with two very different faces There is no better time tonow about Iran and Jason Rezaian has seen both of those faces” Anthony BourdainThe dramatic memoir of the journalist who was held hostage in a high security prison in Tehran for eighteen months and whose release which almost didn’t happen became a part of the Iran nuclear dealIn July 2014 Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police accused of spying for America The charges were absurd Rezaian’s reporting was a mix of human. .
Ell but he IS unjustly imprisoned in Iran and then you reply to yourself but stillSo yes but still Here is an example of cultural insensitivity that made me gasp out loudDue to a difference in the number of days between the Islamic lunar calendar and the accurate one that the rest of the world the world that has long understood and accepted that the Earth revolves around the sun uses My dude I don t even now what to say to thisHere are some examples of him never missing a chance to disparage a woman in the roomWhen he meets his *Wife And Her Friendssisters *and her friendssisters wasn t long before the door opened and a bunch of branded shopping bags entered the suite accompanied by three young Iranian women two with fair complexions and lacking any ind of discernable energy and one whose skin seemed to glow from being in the desert sun s rays Why the mention of skin color here Why complain about a woman s lack of pertness in his presence Why the shopping bagsWhen he meets the prosecuting attorney The other attorney had been replaced by a young wiry and uppity mustached female in a black chadorShe The Sudoku Code: 200 Sudoku Puzzles. One Answer. Can You Find It? kept going livid suawking like someind of rabid bird He has plenty of bad things to say about the male attorneys too but none of them are uppity and they never suawk And the mustacheI justwhy This woman excuse me FEMALE is doing her lawyer stuff the best that she can and she s doing it in a CHADOR Maybe she couldn t be bothered to wax her upper lip before showing up in courtHe makes fun of the way his Iranian guards speak and pronounce English This hurt my heart I have read books where such teasing is "done in a funny endearing way that adds color to the setting but "in a funny endearing way that adds color to the setting but it s just meanThese issues aside there are hints here of a book I would have liked One of the things I like about captivity narratives is learning about what happens when people have nowhere to go but inside their own minds Terry Waite in Taken on Trust applied his hostage mediation strategies to his own situation The hostages in Guests of the Ayatollah read All Of The Books Amanda Lindhout built her House in the Sky There is very little of that here Every once in a while there was a throwaway
LINE ABOUT THE PIDGIN LANGUAGE HE COBBLED TOGETHER TOabout the pidgin language he cobbled together to with his cellmates or how he preferred certain inds of books over others I wanted to hear so much about that But there seemed to be no place in this book for introspection structure and noble striving instead there was just rage pettiness and contemptI think what Rezaian went through was horrible and I m very glad he was released And he doesn t owe me or anyone else the book we wish he had written But I do wish I had read the Wikipedia article instead of this boo. Clear dealIn Prisoner Rezaian writes of his exhausting interrogations and farcical trial He also reflects on his idyllic childhood in Northern California and his bond with his Iranian father a rug merchant; how his teacher Christopher Hitchens inspired him to pursue journalism; and his life changing decision to move to Tehran where his career took off and he met his wife Written with wit humor and grace Prisoner brings to life a fascinating maddening culture in all its complexity“Jason paid a deep price in defense of journalism and his story proves that not everyone who defends freedom carries a gun some carry a pen” John F Kerry 68th Secretary of Stat. Nian and I deeply hate the Iranian government and how they treat people They are unjust brutal and terrifying at best and I would never ever ask someone to go and visit Iran while the current regime exists I ve left Iran 5 years ago and so far I ve heard of many of my friends being imprisoned like Jason for things they have not done I m sorry that Jason went through that and I think I can understand the terror and anger he must have felt and still does to this day But I need to talk about Jason himself in this book because several things bothered me I listened to the audiobook and he himself was the narrator This was not a good idea because now I now that I haven t imagined his tone His sexist and racist remakes the constant profanity and smugness being proud of weird American things like McDonalds and private jets the name dropping making fun of people s accents attire and looks thinking that he s above everyone and everything because he s an American citizen commanding his elderly mother constantly to do and many other small instances of his douchebaggery in this book really put me off The ugly city that he saw from the plane when leaving Iran was the same city that made him famous before being imprisoned he saw from the plane when leaving Iran was the same city that made him famous before being imprisoned is the same city he was bragging about living in like a Running from Strangers king in the beginning of the bookI really wish that he had thought a bit about the words he chose when writing this book I mean I understand that he s angry and he wants the world tonow what he s been through but this is not the way It hurts to give a memoir a bad review and even so a memoir of captivity So
let me preface this review by saying that I have nothing but respect for Rezaian and all he endured Ime preface this review by saying that I have nothing but respect for Rezaian and all he endured I sure it was even difficult and complicated than he detailed in this book and anything negative I write here is directed toward the book and how he portrays himself and events in it not him on a personal level or his lived experiencesI told Jeremy early on that this book was really good Then today I told him I finished it and that I didn t like almost hated it What changed Well it s simple I got to now the author You see this memoir is one of those books where you find yourself not really wanting to spend time with the author s overt presence But guess what this author s overt presence is on every page because a it s a memoir of b his time in prison There is no escape to be had and he is insufferableLet me be specific in this book he comes off as culturally insensitive at bestracist at worst He is misogynistic He is petty He is mean And he takes every opportunity to be sarcastic or to show contempt You now it s getting bad when you start noticing these things and then say to yourself Interest stories and political analysis He had even served as a guide for Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Initially Rezaian thought the whole thing was a terrible misunderstanding but soon realized that it was much dire as it became an eighteen month prison stint with impossibly high diplomatic stakes While in prison Rezaian had tireless advocates working on his behalf His brother lobbied political heavyweights including John Kerry and Barack Obama and started a social media campaign #FreeJason while Jason’s wife navigated the red tape of the Iranian security apparatus all while the courts used Rezaian as a bargaining chip in negotiations for the Iran nu.