And Campbell sympathizes with modern Americans: “When you think about what people are actually undergoing in our civilization, you realize it’s a very grim thing to be a modern human being. The drudgery of the lives of most of the people who have to support families—well, it’s a life-extinguishing affair” (p 160).
“And as she stared out the taxi window at a beggar frozen in the snow, I yearned to have her look at me. The passion was not in any one part of Leila. It was everything made whole, unified by prominent forbearance of her ancestry and future. She was a timeless aggregate, provocative and world-changing. Children would become her blessing, one day, and I wanted to share in that dream. Her stare often moved me into speechlessness, captivated me into forgetfulness, and I longed to know what she was thinking without her ever having to say a single word. But I knew such things were impossible for me” (p 43).
— from A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN (2015) by CG FEWSTON