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The Septembers of Shiraz
by Dalia Sofer
by Dalia Sofer
Sep 10, 11
This book was a good way for an outsider to everything Iran-related to become acquainted with some of the realities people experienced in the years following the Revolution. Some small and sweet moments spring from Sofer's recollection of her own childhood in Iran, some painful and brutal scenes are taken from the real experiences of her father and others who were imprisoned and tortured. Despite the variety of material the tone of the writing is strikingly even, the prose is clean, gentle, and deeply insightful....she explores grief, the roots of personal integrity, class conflict, the morality of pursuing material comfort and pleasure, the sources of strength one can call upon under harsh conditions. The main character of the story was a poor boy who became a rich man and much of the story twists around questioning the wisdom and purpose of his striving and whether this wealth turns out to be a burden or a gift....the answer is not simple and takes some surprising turns. There are no dazzling firework displays in Sofer's writing - I got the sense that she could have written put on an impressive display had she wished, but she didn't, preferring a smooth, warm-hearted tone that never upstages the content of the story. This humility and simplicity leaves the reader sometimes stopping to turn back and gape at the weight and truth of the remark Sofer just gently laid onto the page, so simply expressed. The snippets of Iranian poetry quoted in the book whet the appetite for further reading into this genre.
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