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A Mirror Garden: A Memoir

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  67 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In Persia in 1924, when a child still had to worry about hostile camels in the bazaar and a nanny might spin stories at her pillow until her eyes fell shut, the extraordinary and irresistible Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian was born. From the enchanted basement storeroom where she played as a girl to the penthouse high above New York City where she would someday live, this ...more
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by Knopf
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mandagram
Jul 30, 2007 mandagram rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ALL
I loved this book. It is a simple biography, but you fall in love with the author almost immediately. She is a strong, charismatic, confident, and capable woman. I was very inspired to make my world what I want it to be.
Yvonne
Mar 31, 2010 Yvonne rated it really liked it
I have read many Iranian memoirs; books by revolutionaries describing how noble or terrible the revolution was for Iran, books by children of govt. officials executed after the revolution, many books by diaspora in many forms but, I must say, this book is one of my favorite so far. It is an interesting and well written autobiography of one of the imminent modern artists of Iran. She married into an influential family under the Shah after living in NYC for a decade and returned to Iran to live a ...more
Hareem Khan
May 25, 2011 Hareem Khan rated it it was ok
I couldn't decide between a 1 or 2 star to give A Mirror Garden. A more appropriate title for this memoir would have been: diary of an extremely wealthy Iranian artist and socialite that had little to no elements of an engaging plot. Womp womp. Don't get me wrong, I liked Monir but we could never be real life bffs. I couldn't relate to her in anyway. The chapters dealing specifically with how she created her art pieces definitely did not help. Before starting this diary, I was hoping the politic ...more
Shallon
Mar 01, 2016 Shallon rated it really liked it
An intriguing read. I loved learning about a new culture and seeing pieces of history through the eyes of an artist.
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A modern fairytale. A Persian woman escapes to New York on a whim, marries and then divorces a horrid husband, and works in the fashion industry until she moves back to Iran to marry a charming prince. Once there, she spends her time recovering priceless Persian artifacts, and creating her own artwork. Of course, at the revolution, they have to leave, and they make their lives in NY. A lovely glimpse into another [privileged, beautiful, extinct] world.
Leslie
Nov 05, 2013 Leslie rated it liked it
Although I listed this as a three star for me I did enjoy the read of the author's life, and was most interested in the culture in which she lived. It gives a better idea of "The Middle East" than what we necessarily hear on television.
Dolores
Sep 12, 2012 Dolores rated it liked it
A really interesting memoir about an artist born in Iran in 1924 who lived through the reign of the Shah and the turmoil after the Revolution.
Salvatore Leone
Sep 03, 2012 Salvatore Leone rated it really liked it
One Persian woman's story of her life. The author is engaging. I thought I'd have trouble identifying with he but I didn't. Good book.
Michele
Jan 10, 2010 Michele rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The treasures of a country my always be valued, and this is what Monir has set out to do.
Catherine
Feb 17, 2008 Catherine rated it it was ok
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Great photos. I'm sure she's an interesting person, but I just couldn't stick with it.
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