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Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji
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Jan 11, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009, best-reads-2009
Read in November, 2009

I find this book difficult to review. It is easily the best book I've read this year. But I'm so frustrated by the final two pages that it practically negates how much I loved this book. I am not referring to what you might think if you have read the book, but rather how "easy" the denouement is after all is said and done. That's all I can say without being spoilery, but I'm happy to discuss in comments if anyone wants.

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I seem to have become enamored with books about Iran in 70s. This one has its details wonderfully rendered in the minutia of the day to day. I really like that it generally does not pull its punches in regards to violence, feelings and descriptions of events. From the interspersed present day/flashbacks to the summer I figured out pretty quickly what the twist would be, although it unfolded more dramatically than I expected. I was afraid it would be the big twist of the book, but this book is better than that, and it happens about 2/3 of the way through, leaving the characters to deal with the situation.

My problem with the ending is that this is a book about struggle and consequences, and the author makes it easy on the reader. Something gets resolved, and then rather than making the characters struggle with the myriad of problems it engenders, the author basically lets it all be "okay." Very frustrating in an otherwise wonderfully written book.

Still, it is probably the best thing I read in 2009.
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message 1: by Ann (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ann Hunt The last few pages did not seem connected to the rest of the book. I loved the rest of the story.

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