My expectations for “Funny In Affairs” were set very high. I predicted that it would be a deep, profound book that was enlightening and revealed a lot about Persian culture. I was surprised to find a witty, light hearted book Instead, that focused a lot more on the transition Into the American culture, rather than the Iranian culture Itself. However, I’m still really Liking the book;let’s delicately written, with great hints of sarcasm and humor, to the point where It had me actually laughing out loud.
The only aspect that bothers me a bit is that the story seems a bit jumbled; events that spread years apart are put together in one page, and then a few paragraphs later, the story flies back to third grade memories. L find myself desperately trying to reorient myself, but sometimes I simply cannot and have to reread the whole page. But despite the constant time acclimatization, I really did appreciate Frozen Dumas’ writing style.
Another aspect that has really stood out to me, were the characters Frozen presents. I understand that these are actual people, Firehouse’s family in fact, UT I am still so amazed by the depth and flirtatiousness’s these characters are written In. The fosterers about Firehouse’s father are especially well written and really present his personality well. However, (In my opinion) Follower mother was not described/written well.
She seems a very bland character, who Is only mentioned for silly things and chores so far, which Is fine, but I really hopes the author would elaborate on this important character later in the book, but I never came to see her with the depth that other characters had.
Another thing I’ve been thinking about a lot s how Frozen herself feels about her parents and heritage. Not technically relationship wise, but how she sees her parents and culture.
Obviously, now at her age, and writers view, she writes in a neutral, proud way, making us question prejudices and discrimination, but I feel like though some humorous remarks are expressed relating this topic, I have not found a clear stance in how she had felt about her culture as a child. Was she truly embarrassed at any point? The memoir really focuses on Follower and her family, but did she at any time, like most children, eel a higher desire to fit In with friends and peers, rather than her family?
I am Just surprised that such a big problem has mostly only affected her family pride representation in the big picture. I feel like Frozen memoir was a detailed focus on her family live, and not as much how it affected her life with her peers. Perhaps this has been done to really emphasize how important her family has been in her life, and how much of her focus it took up. All this really made me think of the importance of family in the US compared to middle eastern cultures.