Amazing story from a woman born in 1921...Surprisingly enough, the harem part seems pretty normal once you read this book. The part that is hard to take in is what mobs will do doing political turmoil, which seems pretty permanent in Iran. Then, stepping back at the end of the book, I was just floored by the dedication and idealism of the author. Just the effort she put into following current events puts me to shame, but her contributions to making life better for poor people in Iran are her main focus. She went way beyond what most women anywhere, let alone one raised in that time period and culture would imagine and be able to accomplish. She is an inspiring woman, but I know that I don't begin to have the courage that she does.