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Pollo con ciruelas

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  5,848 ratings  ·  540 reviews
Teherán, 1958. La vida de Nasser Ali , un virtuoso de la música y padre de familia, pierde el sentido en el momento en que su mujer le rompe el tar, el instrumento que le ha acompañado durante toda su vida. Es entonces cuando Nasser Ali decide abandonarse hasta que Azrael , el ángel de la muerte, le venga a buscar.

En Pollo con ciruelas Satrapi realiza una brillante descrip
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Paperback, 88 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Norma Editorial (first published 2004)
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FeReSHte
!!! عالی بود
کلی با این کتاب خندیدم

کتاب، داستان ده روز آخر زندگی ناصر علی خان نوازنده تار رو در قالب تصویر تعریف می کنه. بعد از این که تار محبوب استاد تو یه دعوا و مشاجره توسط زنش دو تیکه میشه لذت بردن از همه علایق و دلگرمی های زندگی براش ناممکن میشه و در انتظار مرگ روز رو شب می کنه و شب رو به روز می رسونه.

این که چرا ناصر علی خان استاد تار ناصر علی خان شده و حالا به این روز افتاده با خوندن اتفاقات هشت روز باقی عمرش و فلاش بک های داستان به زمان های خیلی دور که با چاشنی طنز لطیفی ( یا شاید هم تلخ)
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Myra
Another brilliant, graphic novel from Satrapi. This one is not long at all - in fact, I read the whole thing in less than an hour's time.

Chicken With Plums is a story about Satrapi's great-uncle, Nasser Ali Khan. Nasser Ali Khan is a musician who decides to die after his beloved tar is broken by his wife. His marriage is pretty much a disaster, and as the novel progresses, we find out exactly why this is so - and it just so happens to be the same reason for why Nasser Ali Khan is so very upset o
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MJ Nicholls
I saw the movie of Satrapi’s Persepolis and found it deeply irritating. But, being a pioneer in the graphic novel form—hell, a lone populiser of the form—I had to read something by her. This graphic novella (must I start a separate shelf for shorter graphic works?) is a melancholy folktale about a poor musician whose wife snaps his tar (like a sitar) in two. Finding no replacement for his prize instrument, he takes to his bed to die, where he reflects on his thwarted life—marrying the wrong woma ...more
Diane
This is a beautiful graphic novel about an Iranian musician who is heartbroken and who decides he doesn't want to go on living. Nasser Ali is unhappily married and is upset that his beloved instrument, a tar that was given to him by his teacher, has been broken. He tries to find a new tar, but is always disappointed in the quality. Nasser crawls into his bed and refuses to leave for several days. The only thing that gives him pleasure during this time is his favorite meal, chicken with plums.

The
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Neha
Chicken with plums, candies and gums, clapping and drums, laughter and jumps.

This is how the title makes you feel but believe me its far from it. Marjane Satrapi and her beautiful picture books can make even the most grim subjects a bag of laughter. She brings in the amazing human ability to laugh and live life even in the most hopeless situations.

This book is the testimony to it - as Marjane narrates 8 days before death of Naseer Ali Khan, his broken tar and heart. He lay there waiting for dea
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Andy Shuping
"Chicken with Plums" is based on the true story of Satrapi's great-uncle, Nasser Ali, a famous Iranian musician, whose Tar is destroyed by his wife. After deciding that he has nothing else to live for he takes to his bed and waits to die. Eight days later he dies. In between Nasser's wife, brother, sister, and children all try to convince him to stay in the living world as he dreams of what the future might be.

"Chickens with Plums" has the same great artwork of Persepolis that places the focus o
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Kimberly
This is a story of eight days in 1958 Tehran. A cranky old man has taken to bed to die. There are flashbacks and flash-forwards from several perspectives. The man's regret and sorrow are taken to his grave but revealed to us. As in her three previous novels, Satrapi portrays brilliantly funny and resolute characters. The main one here is more distantly related to her than the ones in her earlier stories. In addition, he is a man and I think that gender plays a part in Satrapi's characterization. ...more
Carlos
It was short, but our time together was just wonderful. I don't think it was as focused and fleshed out like Persepolis, but I don't fault Marjane for it. Persepolis was a personal story that Marjane LIVED, Chicken with Plums is also a very personal story, but it's about events well before her time. It's incredible she was able to weave such a compelling personal tale, with what was probably second hand information. Scraps here and there from different people, all of a man she never knew; and ye ...more
Ron
It's easy to be disappointed in this book if you expect something of the scale and depth of the author's "Persepolis." But Satrapi has set out to tell a different kind of story in this book, and judging by that, I'd say she has come much closer to succeeding than some reviews here might suggest. Telling her story twice, first from an outsider's point of view and then from the perspective of the main character, Satrapi gives a postmodern twist to her material. And filling in what were surely the ...more
Chad Bearden
Whereas Marjane Satrapi's most main-stream work, "Persepolis" is a graphic novel, "Chicken with Plums" is more of a graphic short story. The limited page count belies the power of the story, and indeed forces a precision upon the bittersweet musician's tale that brings the point home all the more effectively.

The story ostensibly covers eight days in the life of Satrapi's great-uncle and renowned tar player, Nassar Ali, but the use of flashbacks provide insights into the family and personal histo
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Renée Damstra
More like a 3.5 really...

I enjoyed the story, it was interesting to read and surprising at the end (I didn't suspect the woman on the street to be the one girl the musician was in love with before). Also I like the realism of the characters, they are not stereotypically portrayed or forced into a typical story with a hero, antagonistic character, good vs bad, etc. It was a good plot to first introduce the character and his end, so readers were made curious on how the musician came to his end in
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Laura
What I find most striking about Chicken with Plums is author/artist Marjane Satrapi's economy of images and words. In just 85 pages, she tells an eight day-long story inspired by the life of her uncle, Nasser Ali Khan. When we meet Khan in 1958 Iran, he is an accomplished tar (lute) player desperately seeking a new instrument that can replicate the sonic and emotional qualities of his old, broken one. This task's futility--coupled with a chance meeting on the street with a former love who no lon ...more
Banu Pluie
Marjane Satrapi's uncle: Nasser Ali Khan


http://atopia.tumblr.com/post/1019152...
Trish
Satrapi relates the death of her great-uncle and celebrated musician Nassar Ali Khan with the cool detachment of a reporter. Her drawings and captions do not reveal how she views the events she shares with us. Her uncle took to his bed one day and decided he was going to die. It appears to have taken him eight days.

The explanation Satrapi offers us is that he lived for his music. When his beautiful instrument was broken by his wife in a moment of rage, he never imagined his talent would abandon
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Kerry
I was just really disappointed by the book. I do really enjoy the author's illustrations, but I just didn't really like the story. It was sad and depressing as if follows a musician who has become a stranger to his wife and children, despite the fact that he lives with them. I just thought it was a big downer. I don't really want to read about a comic who as given up on life.
Jenny
Reading Persepolis made me a fan, not just of the graphic novel, but also of Marjane Satrapi as an artist. I added a few of her books to my To Read list on Goodreads, and this was the first one that I've read so far. It is a moving account of a man who loses love and the decline to which such loss leads.
This book is less sweeping than Persepolis but no less personal or touching. It's about Marjane's great uncle, Nasser Ali, and the events that lead up to his death. Satrapi's illustrations are e
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Becky R.
Chicken With Plums is actually quite a complicated story to put into words. In this tale, Sarjane Satrapi tells the story of a great-uncle who was a musician, who during an argument, had his tar (Iranian instrument he played) snapped in half by his wife. From the moment his instrument was destroyed, he began the search for a new one, and realized it could not be replaced, so he laid down to die. The remainder of the story examined, day by day, why he wanted to die, how he wanted to die, and when ...more
Sam
satraappiii!!! dapet pinjeman dari Ronny... thx yaaa..

brpun dibilang buku ini isinya kisah org stres, g teteup kekeuh mo baca! in the end yg g temukan dari buku ini adalah kisah 'keteguhan' hati sang paman, Mr. Nasser Ali sepanjang hidup... demi cinta dan musik.

hidup seperti dlm penggambaran satrapi lainnya adalah perjuangan,
bagaimana menjadi seorang yg jujur dan berani.. suatu hal yg dipaksakan pada akhirnya tidak akan berbuah manis. Prasangka pun tidak akan melahirkan apa-apa selain sakit.

suat
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Patricia
This is classic Satrapi. What a sad, depressing love story! This is the story of Marjane's great-uncle, a tar musician who fell in love but was rejected by his lover's father. He then took his mother's advice to marry sensibly, but to a girl he didn't love. His wife had loved him since she was 8, but not being loved in return and feeling like she had to do all the work in the family made her resentful and in anger she broke his beloved instrument. The final straw, however, was when the musician ...more
Wes Bishop
Every once and awhile you come across a story that is so tragic that it goes beyond a story and becomes a beautiful work of art. The story that Marjane Satrapis has given us is such a work, combined with her art this story leaves the reader touched and unable to feel anything but the beauty and the tragedy of the characters. From the lessons she offers on life, and love, to the simplistic lessons of faith and the tragic condition that so many find themselves in, this book will leave even the mos ...more
Trin
Another amazing graphic novel from Satrapi. This one’s about a very distant relative of hers, a musician who decides he will die because his wife, in a fit of anger, broke his beloved tar. Eight days later he’s dead. Satrapi explores these eight days with the best, most beautifully chosen details, using vignette form to paint a full-bodied picture of this individual man, his family, what it means to be an artist, and the power of love. (And I’m not talking the aww, cheesy-healing kind of power h ...more
Margherita Dolcevita
Aggettivi per descrivere quanto da me letto (30 pagine su per giù): deprimente, barboso, grattapalle, menoso, lagnoso, avvilente, scoraggiante, triste, tedioso, menagramo, portasfiga... devo continuare?

Ok, su forza, diciamo in coro "Margherita Dolcevita non ha capito niente della graphic novel, non ha colto le millemila sfumature, non ha colto l'essenza, la psicologia positivista dell'ermeneutica kantiana kafkiana che invade sofisticamente i disegni preraffaelliti e che permea platonicamente i d
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Sara Alaee
Sad familiar story on love and its being the inspiration to make music. Graphics are also great. I loved them.
Camille
This review and others posted over at my blog

From the back of the book: We are in Tehran in 1958, and Nasser Ali Kahn, one of Iran’s most revered tar players, discovers that his beloved instrument is irreparably damaged. Though he tries, he cannot find one to replace it. In despair, he takes to his bed, renouncing the world and all its pleasures, closing the door on the demands and love of his wife and children.

Nasser Ali selfishly decides to die, but before he does so, he reflects back on his l
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Ben Loory
Dec 29, 2008 Ben Loory rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ben by: Lara
i feel bad i didn't love it. i liked the story, i just didn't see the point of the drawings. they never seemed to express anything, except every once in a while (the part with the family watching TV and then everything goes black except for the screaming face on the screen was the best part). but mostly it was one of those graphic novels where you just read all the words like it was a normal book and then check the illustrations just to make sure you have the he saids and the she saids right.
Emma Sea
Angsty! I thought this would be light and fun like Embroideries but this is not that book! A lovely, poignant story, though.
Samina Hoshyar
Deciding to read this book solely based on my interest in Satrapi's Persepolis, I was expecting great things from it. It's easy to be disappointed in this book if you expect something of the scale and depth of the author's "Persepolis." But Satrapi has set out to tell a different kind of story in this book, and judging by that, it was quite a pleasurable read.

In its few pages, you want to know more about these characters so that they spring in three dimensions from the flat comic-strip world t
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Fahad
Marjane Satrapi is an excellent storyteller.
This book is not as complex as Persepolis but it surely shows you a spectrum of emotions. Her simplistic style in drawing and writing manages to strike multiple issues such as: obsession, love and passion. Such a bitter sweet story of nostalgia.
I would guarantee a smile of satisfaction when you finish reading it.
Sarashanti
Chicken with Plums diterbitkan pada tahun 2004 dalam bahasa Perancis dengan judul asli Poulet aux Prunes.

Chicken with Plums bercerita tentang paman dari sang penulis bernama Nasser Ali Khan yang berprofesi sebagai musisi tar (alat musik tradisional Iran sejenis biola). Bak sebuah drama, kisah ini dibagi menjadi delapan babak.

Kenapa delapan?

Delapan adalah jumlah hari yang dihabiskan oleh sang paman untuk menjemput ajal dengan sengaja semenjak tar miliknya dipatahkan oleh sang istri. Baginya tidak
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Jamie
After Embroideries, I had grown pretty skeptical of Marjane Satrapi's ability to follow-up Persepolis. I'm glad I finally gave this book a shot. A nicely done, tight little story about one man and the reverberations his life and his passing have throughout his family.
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Marjane Satrapi (Persian: مرجان ساتراپی) is an Iranian-born French contemporary graphic novellist, illustrator, animated film director, and children's book author. Apart from her native tongue Persian, she speaks English, Swedish, German, French and Italian.

Satrapi grew up in Tehran in a family which was involved with communist and socialist movements in Iran prior to the Iranian Revolution. She a
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