Terms of Endurance: Conquering Unreachable Dreams by Perseverance and the Power of Faith

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Xlibris Corporation, Jan 4, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 243 pages
Terms of Endurance is an honest memoir, which illuminates Iranian and Islamic traditions through heartwarming, suspenseful, and at times painful stories. The author has collected episodes from his life, from a very tender age through adolescence and beyond.

The book’s theme is the authorīs search for identity in a deeply rooted religious family. Terms of Endurance explores the life of the author’s father, a renowned Ayatollah who practiced polygamy, and his motherīs fortitude while living in poverty and raising eight children.

His first realization of who he was comes at the age of four when he finds himself in a butcherīs barn on a hot summer night with his mother and six brothers and a sister in the company of a herd of sheep to be slaughtered at dawn the next day. In his absence, his fatherīs second wife had kicked them out of the house. His mother took refuge with her children in the neighboring butcher’s barn.

Disheartening stories about the fate of the author’s sisters before and after their marriages reveal the discrimination against women both in the home and in the prevailing traditional society at large.

He fails the fifth grade twice because of poor math and composition and decides to discontinue schooling after barely finishing sixth grade. At fourteen he works at a low-paid manual craft to save money to fund his secret plan to run away from home to a distant oil-production province, hoping to redeem himself. The moving story of hunger, defeat, and disappointment and the agony of a heartbroken mother who had lost her young son take the reader on an emotional trip through the depths of despair.

When the author discovers that poor vision is the cause of his failure, he resumes his education and takes a three-day national exam covering 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. As the nationīs awareness of the seeds of modern education flourished, he enters the university and witnesses the rise of both communism and the non-communist national uprising against the Shah, which forced the monarch to flee the country. Fearing a possible communist take-over in Iran, the United States’ covert plan Operation Ajax overthrew the new national, non-communist government and restored the Shah to the throne. A recent law school graduate, the author is brutally disappointed and determines to leave the country.

While he waits for documents and a passport in Tehran, poverty compels him to live in the narrow, low-ceilinged tomb of a famous Ayatollah. To make his ghastly situation more bearable, he opens a dialogue with the Ayatollah’s spirit. The engaging story of the relationship with the spirit of the godly man shows how the author gains the confidence to undertake a seemingly impossible journey.

Without money he makes his way on Japanese tankers for thirty-two days over the Indian and Pacific Oceans to Japan and then to California. The authorīs accounts of his experience on the tankers and of his brief stay in Japan show a young man exposed for the first time to the ways of worlds he never knew existed.

On US soil his greatest challenge was to survive and adapt to a new way of living in a land of plenty where a stranger can die of starvation if he does not earn his way. His reception by Americans, some admirable, some despicable, is told in stories that sweep the reader along the suspenseful path to eventual success.

The reader of Terms of Endurance will be thrilled, taught, and entertained. From first page to last, the book shows endurance and faith overcoming insurmountable odds and making reality of an apparently unattainable dream.

 

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Contents

SEARCH FOR IDENTITY
7
THE FATE OF MY SISTERS
21
FAILING TO COPE WITH MODERN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
38
LEAVING THE NEST BEFORE LEARNING HOW TO FLY
50
A NARROW ESCAPE FROM A SURE PITFALL
66
THE DAWN OF A NEW HOPE
81
FULFILLING A DARING DREAM
95
AWAKENED WITH DISILLUSIONMENT
107
PLANNING TO ABANDON MY NATIVE COUNTRY
122
RELIANCE ON FAITH TO FIND A WAY
138
THE MYSTERY OF GODS PLAN
156
JAPANESE HOSPITALITY
173
FACING AN UNPROPITIOUS AND HARSH DREAMLAND
192
MEETING CHALLENGES OF ADAPTATION
207
RESISTING TEMPTATION ON THE WAY TO A CHOICE CAREER
226
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