Children of the Jacaranda Tree
Neda is born in Tehran’s Evin Prison, where her mother is allowed to nurse her for a few months before the arms of a guard appear at the cell door one day and, simply, take her away. In another part of the city, three-year-old Omid witnesses the arrests of his political activist parents from his perch at their kitchen ...more
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I wanted to read this novel from almost the moment I knew of its existence. The author was born in Tehran’s Evin Prison in 1983, where her mother was a political prisoner. The work explores the life of Iranian political prisoners in the 1980s, the mass killing of leftist prisoners in 1988, the ongoing impact of imprisonment on relationships between former prisoners and their children and the cycle of dissent and oppression in Iran, with its most recent manifestation in the mass protests after th ...more
The first story tells the experience of a pregnant woman who has been arrested and gives birth in prison. She and her fellow inmates become temporarily enchanted by the arrival of the child, which sadly is then taken away from them.
The description of the political situation and religious oppression after the revolution in Iran is greatly woven into th ...more
With the success of the movie Argo, a new generation is coming to learn about revolutionary Iran as a scary and dark place, but with little context for what was happening to the Iranians themselves. Children of the Jacaranda Tree offers some perspective.
Opening with a woman giving birth while being held prisoner (refer "The author" below), Children of the Jacaranda Tree tells the stories of three generations of men and women in post-revolutionary Iran from 1983 to 2013. The older gener ...more
Delijani is obviously passionate about Iran, and that comes through on every page, but she often loses the thread of the story, or rather she doesn't seem to have a firm idea of the story she's trying to tell. It could have almost worked as a series of short stories, but in trying to tie everyone together the plot ge ...more
okay, so this was an amazing read for me...up until the last chapter. while the final pages were beautiful, they were a bit more disjointed in their flow. so rather than seamlessly coming together, the branches of this incredible story, it was a bit of a bumpy close. as though, perhaps, a bit of grafting had occurred. heh. see what i did there? yeah i know. sorry. :/
but...this book is very much worth your time. delijani's writing is gorgeous. its evocative and almost ...more
This book put me in mind of Burial Rites, in that it sucks you in by opening with a character in a horrific situation, apparently in hopes that readers' instinctive emotional response will prove strong enough to keep us invested, although it soon becomes clear that the author lacks sufficient skill at characterization to actually interest us in the ch ...more
Still, I appreciate the unique perspective of this book. Iran is an interesting case of multiple generations rising up ...more
This beautifully written debut novel by Sahar Delijani is set in Iran, covering a period between 1983 and 2011. In the pages of this powerful book, we read of the lives of a number of people caught up and changed forever by the events occurring in Iran between these years.
Following the overthrow of the Shah of Iran in the late 1970s, many thousands of the population became disillusioned with the new regime. Many decided that they needed to make their feelings and thoughts known, but their protes ...more
A young married woman, Azar, gives birth to a baby girl in the depths of Tehran’s Evin Prison in harrowing ci ...more
The story itself falls short due to lack of character development. Every character seemed exactly the same having no outstanding characteristics, personality traits or personal interests that set them apart from each other. The story jumps back and forth from the 1980's to 2011 with new characters being introduced in the last 70 pages. These characters had a "background" that in mos ...more
Set in post-revolutionary Iran, and told in interconnected, alternate perspectives, Children of the Jacaranda Tree is a deeply personal tale that gives voice to the men, women, and children who won a war only to find their lives—and those of their descendants—imperiled by its aftermath.
I'm having a difficult time rating and describing this novel, which is why I chose that quick explanation. All the characters, mostly relatives, have been affected by the Iranian revolution, ...more
Delijani shares the stories of several Iranian men, women, and children who got caught in the midst of the brutal political upheaval of the Iranian revolution (early 1980s) and, later, the Iranian Green Revolution (2009). The men and women are imprisoned for their activities during the fi ...more
More a collection of essays, this novel introduces the reader to the harsh reality of Iran, post revolution, from 1983 onwards. A large number of characters populate the book, across all ages, and at the beginning there is a list of players detailing who is related to whom.
Evin Prison in Tehran held the political prisoners who had started to make their voices heard in int he country, and follows the lives of various characters up to 2011. From ...more
This book is a new release for June 18th, 2013. It is from Atria books. I obtained a free e-copy for review from NetGalley. I was excited to read this book. I loved the title and the cover is beautiful! This book is based on real, little known events in Iran. Delijani was actually born while her mother was in Evin prison. Sadly, I didn’t feel a connection with the story though.
The story is about activists in Iran and their incarceration in Evin prison in Tehran. The setting is 1983 to 2011. In 1 ...more
”We all have a tree inside us. Finding it is just a matter of time.”
In 1979, the people of Iran rose up against the Shah of Iran, who was seen by many as a dictator, and as a puppet of the western powers. They succeeded, and in the political chaos that followed, Ayatollah Khomeini was invited to return to Iran, and asked to found an ”Islamic Republic”. In the years after, the Ayatolla c ...more
I found this book to be both enormously interesting and vastly disjointed. It was difficult to follow the characters and time lines. Characters came and went with alarming frequency. Time jumped back and forth from the early days of the Iranian Revolution to the present with stops in the middle.
My attention was immediately captured in the first few paragraphs, but then the next chapter moved to another time and place with new characters and I was ...more
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