May 06, 10
Read in June, 2010
An autobiographical first novel (that has gotten the author banned from Iran) that looks at changes in Iran between the late 1960s and the early 1980s through the eyes of twelve year old Shahed, and as a man fourteen years later. The author contrasts his native country before and after the Islamic revolution. This wrenching coming of age story is filled with rich detail and well written.
My favorite line of the book is thought by Shahed toward his father (as he was searching his pants pockets for loose change) who once again squandered the needed household money on prostitutes, alcohol and fancy dinner “his pockets are as clean as a cat’s ass”. A great first novel.