In the decade before the Islamic Revolution, Iran is a country on the brink of explosion. Twelve-year-old Yaas is born into an already divided family: Her father is the son of wealthy Iranian Jews ...more
Don't get me wrong, the writing is beautiful. I learned a bit about Iran, where the story is set. It's got some interesting perspectives on the nature of life, and experience, and loyalty, and family. So much fiction is called "luminous" these days -- especially debut ...more
Yaas's mother, Bahar, grew up with her seamstress-wannabe-mother; cant ...more
I really enjoyed the book for the most part, and ...more
Gina Nahai, who left Iran as an adolescent, offers a rare glimpse into one family's inner sanctum prior to Iran's Islamic Revolution. A tragic story told in memoir form, Caspian Rain reveals the limitations of their lives against the class struggles and conflict between tradition and modernism that defined pre-Revolution Iran. Engaging characters (particularly the 12-year-old Yaas), some beautiful writing (with a little magical realism thrown in, including the existence of Ghost Brother), and a...more
(finished book) I enjoyed this book despite some lukewarm reviews out there on it. I found the imagery rich and writing descriptive and flowing. It is not a happy book - it is a book that overlays what is all too common (an unhappy marriage, childhood illness) onto the face of a changing country. Apparently there were some complaints from readers abo ...more
some gems worth pondering:
There's such a thing as too much hope. It's like a black hole: you fall in, and there's no bottom. p259
What is a life, at the end but a story we leave behind? What if that story was never told? p256
They have a different burden-the weak, those who are subject to the will and whims of the strong? They have to choose between two bad optio ...more
Second half of the book--loved it. Great cast of characters. The narrator Yaas starts to become more than just an observer. And the ending--wow!
Not a straightforward narrative, but lovely writing, and it really does all wrap toget ...more
Definitely it was about mothers and daughters. But there was very little food. Instead Nazis, ghost brothers on bicycles, and sweaty lodgers who go to door-to-door selling the hair of the dead. Chamedooni is a great name, d ...more
The book is the narrative of a Jewish Iranian girl growing up in pre-revolutionary Tehran describing the dissolution of her parents marriage. Not exactly light stuff, but the characters were strong, colorful and at times darkly humorous as is befitting Iran in the late 1970s. I don't regre ...more
I was drawn to the characters. They were so different but still the same. Wanting to please and wanting to run. Cultures might be different. But the story is all the same.