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
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.
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
Livro com ambientes que me são distantes em que se junta tâmaras a chá e iogurte a pepino.
Traição, sonho ocidental, adultério e mães que projectam nos filhos os seus sonhos são alguns dos temas.
A dysfunctional family in Tehran before the Iranian Revolution. Told by a 12 year old girl that is looking her hearing. Well written Story I recommend for you to read.
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