I am writing this review with tears in my eyes. It is difficult not to feel heartbroken after parting with the narrator, Pasha, and his beautiful word...moreI am writing this review with tears in my eyes. It is difficult not to feel heartbroken after parting with the narrator, Pasha, and his beautiful words that guide us through a story of love, friendship and the battle against oppression.
The brutality of The Shah's regime and the injustices done to the innocent people of Iran will haunt you after reading this novel. It may be a work of fiction, yet it touches on the reality of everyday lives affected by criminals and murderers who call themselves politicians. I pictured every scene and felt every word whilst reading this spectacular book. The characters are as real to me as my own family; some of whom have very similar stories of their own to that of Pasha and the people in his world.
There is a reason why numerous governments across the world are fearful of great literature; they expose the truth about the villainous acts of those in power. I only hope that the vile barbarians who continue to torture the lives of ordinary people will one day wake up and realise the anguish they have caused.
An extraordinary debut novel by Mahbod Seraji - I will be eagerly awaiting the promised sequel. (less)