Reviews of The People with No Camel

“What a beautiful book, gently written yet deep. Movafegh’s journey was so painful it brought tears to my eyes.  If we are to deal with some of the horrors we are forced to endure because of hatred and injustice then perhaps writing about them helps.  And she has done a mighty job in presenting her truth. Those fortunate enough to read her book will be forever changed and the truth of the Baha’is suffering in Iran will become known to the world.”

-Betty Williams (Nobel Peace Laureate, President and Founder of WORLD CENTERS OF COMPASSION FOR CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL)

“I was deeply transformed and touched by this unusually told tale of courage and perseverance. Unsentimental and yet with uncanny accuracy, her journey captures the conflict and confusion of our former Iran and still emerges with the grace of a true Persian woman. Interwoven between flights of fantasy, Movafegh speaks of freedom untasted in the East or the West.”

–Shohreh Aghdashloo (Emmy winning actress and Oscar nominee of “House of Sand and Fog”)

“Against the backdrop of the Islamic Revolution, Roya Movafegh carries us with one unforgettable young woman and her family on a gripping journey into the unknown, opening a brilliant prismatic window on the power of faith and delivering a deeply affecting tale of memory, culture, and identity”.

–Neda Armian (film producer, Rachel Getting Married)

“The story has every element imaginable and most importantly it’s current, it’s contemporary, it’s relevant, it’s urgent as nothing has changed to this day for The People With No Camel in their motherland. An important debut novel from a luminous author.”

–Shidan Majidi (Broadway Producer and Director)

  1. Cler Baheri (one of the people with no camel)
    October 31, 2010 at 2:44 am

    I couldn’t wait to get my copy; the night I did, I read half the book and sobbed through most of it. Finally someone had given many of us a voice. Someone finally told my story and that of many. Thank you for your commitment to take on this project. The day I saw the trailer for the book, I was proud to tell the world that I was of The People with No Camel. THANK YOU.

  2. mary guthrie
    November 2, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Thank you so much for the wonderful evening of reading and impressions. It was an extraordinary event. I loved your book and was deeply touched by it. Its vividness allowed me to imagine myself in your shoes–and quite viscerally share in your story. Thank you for having the courage to write about and share your life with us! Your story gives each of us who reads it the opportunity to be in touch with both our humanity and inhumanity…. And, it reminds me that it is necessary, in every moment, to continue to reflect on the way I choose to live my life.

  3. Tara N.
    April 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I devoured The People With No Camel in three days and will hold the vivid images and powerful emotions it stirred up inside me for the rest of my life. Thank you so much for writing what was so painful to write and sharing what so many have gone through and continue to endure.

    I was truly marked by your candor, clarity, imagination, humanity and humor. Thank you for sharing this phenomenal story with the world!

  4. Alhan Zahrai
    May 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you so much for writing this book and letting the world know of what is going on in Iran. Although it must have been painful for you to share your memories of your escape from Iran, you still wrote it. Thanks for your perseverance. This book is well written and a great read. I absolutely loved it.

  5. Norman Cristofoli
    December 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Dear Roya: I was very moved by your book. It is a compassionate and moving story that was written with the essence of both truth and empathy for all those who struggle in difficult times.

    You have taken your experience and wrote a tale of innocence, seen through the eyes of a child caught in a world gone mad amidst the whirlwind of emotions and fear.  It is commendable that you did not use the anger that you must have felt to write an acid account of the injustice of fanatical barbarians.

    Instead, you focused on the love and compassion of those who rose above the anger and risked everything to survive and help others to also survive.

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