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Anahita's Woven Riddle

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A critically acclaimed novel, available in paperback for the first time

One of YALSA's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults

In this enchanting historical novel, a nomad in nineteenth-century Iran takes fate into her own hands when her father promises her in marriage to a man she dislikes. Anahita convinces her father to let her hold a contest in which potential suitors must c
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Harry N. Abrams (first published January 1st 2006)
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Dec 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really disappointed when I finished this book because I expected something much better from it. It was really quite good you see. Anahita has been raised to understand that she would have an arranged marriage. She shocks everyone when she asks for, and is granted, the opportunity to have a contest for her hand. She decides to weave a riddle into her bridal rug and whichever man answers the riddle, she will consent to marry. Enter the three most likely candidates: 1. the friend of the famil ...more
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me taste the flavors, see the colors, smell the spices, hear the sounds, and feel the fabrics. It employed each of my 5 senses. I felt like I was really in 19th century Iran, and it made me kind of want to be a Nomad. I was totally on Anahita's side when it came to absolutely NOT marrying the Khan, he was so gross! I was so glad she got with the guy she did, I had been rooting for him the whole time.
Some things I didn't like was the way her people ignored her for the things the
I am not going to lie, I fell in love with the cover Anahita's Woven Riddle by Meghan Nuttall Sayres and that was a big reason I had to read it. I am glad I did. The book takes place in Iran (Persia) around 100 yrs ago, and centers around a young carpet-weaving nomad, Anahita. When her father tells her that it is time for her to marry, and that the local khan (a boorish, crude man who holds the villages fate in his hands) is interested in her, riddle-loving Anahita comes up with a plan to weave a riddle into her wedding carpet, and marry onl ...more
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One more book for young girls about a similarly young girl growing up with modern ideas in a conservative culture spunking herself out of an arranged marriage, this time by declaring unilaterally that she will marry only the man who can solve the riddle she will weave into her dowry rug.

If there was anything interesting about Anahita besides the arranged marriage and the lengths she goes to get out of it, this would be exactly the kind of book that I like, but there isn't. There could be. All t
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
First off, this book is not 288pgs but 338, plus glossary/author's note/further reading etc which equals out to 352. Aside from that, I loved the book! It was so engaging, I had to finish it in three days despite the large amount of work I have to do for my summer graduate class. The main character, Anahita is a 17 yr old girl living in 1885 in Iran. Her family is nomadic and they all create beautiful rugs for a living. One day her father, the local chief of the village, says she must marry by t ...more
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Karen, Deborah, Valerie
Atmospherically set in the middle eastern desert, in the 1880s, with as strong a heroine as one could imagine in the personage of Anahita, a lovely girl on the brink of marriage. Her extraordinary abilities as a weaver make her want more than to be someone's wife, however; her strongest wish is to apprentice to her granduncle, the village dyemaster. Since she must marry, however, and knows her father has all but promised her to the khan (chieftain of their tribe), she dares to take matters into ...more
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anahita is a beautiful young woman in Persia-Iran. The powerful khan from their tribe wants to marry her. He however is basically a loser (how's that for a review!) he is much older, and he repulses her. Anahita is a girl that stands out in her culture with her feministic views---like: women should have the right to choose who they marry (go figure!) She wants to marry someone who appreciates her love for riddles. So she poses an alternative and gets her father to agree. Her family members are c ...more
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Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitabın keşke orjinal adını kullansalarmış daha uygun olurmuş.. "Anahita'nın dokunmuş bilmecesi".. Ama cidden masal tadındaydı da pek aşk masalı değildi.. Daha çok göçerlerin yaşam tarzı yansıtılmış.. Yün boyama, kök boyası, halı dokuma teknikleri ayrıntılı anlatılmış.. Konuya pek girmeyeceğim tanıtım yazısının aynısı ama kültür benim çok hoşuma gitti..

Beğenmediğim nokta ise kız başta evlenmeyeceğim diyor.. Sonra aşık olmadan bunlarla evlenebilirim diyor. Bikaç detay daha vardı rahatsız eden ama
It was an enjoyable read. The setting of the story was colorful and did a wonderful depiction of a culture that was foreign to me.

I would have loved the book more if it weren't for some other things like:
a) some raised problems in the book were not given solutions like what happens to Farhad after the khan gave him the documents for his arrest?
b) I think I would have related to the other characters better if the multiple POVs were explored more
c) some plot points were a little convenient
May 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older elementary or young middle school girls who like romance
Recommended to Jenna by: Ms. Natale
I'm sorry-- it was pretty lame. It was written at a level for older elementary school girls, but the topic (romance) is not a good book topic for kids that young. Therefore, it's hard for them to read because it's uninteresting, and hard for us to read because the style is painfully amateur. Maybe someone who is more into the business of "true love and the pursuit of yar" would like it more, but I was not a fan.
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Meghan Nuttall Sayres is a tapestry weaver and author living in Eastern Washington. Her books include a novel set in 19th century Iran, Anahita's Woven Riddle, an ALA Top Ten Best Books 2007 and a BookSense/Indie Pick 2007; Weaving Tapestry in Rural Ireland; and co-author of Daughters of the Desert: Tales of Remarkable Women From the Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions.

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“It is in the vision of the physical eyes
That no invisible or secret thing exists.
But when the eye is turned toward the Light of God
What thing could remain hidden under such Light?”
“I think that sometimes our souls must tell us they are having a hard time trying to keep up with all of our worldly festivities and plans. Quiet moments, such as when we weave, or in times of sleep, are when we hear what our inner selves have to say.” 2 likes
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