The Stationery Shop
Roya is a dreamy, idealistic teenager living in 1953 Tehran who, amidst the political upheaval of the time, finds a literary oasis ...more
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There is much to like about “The Stationary Shop”, where we are taken back to the year, 1953 when Mossadegh was the Prime Minister in Iran, during political devastating-havoc.
Many people in Iran loved Mossadegh. They believed he was their democratic leader who had the courage to stand up to foreign powers wanting their oil. Mossadegh was ‘hope’ for the many people in Iran who believed in him. They felt he was the right man to achieve democracy.
The anti-Mossade ...more
I don't know if it's because I am old and cranky but the romance section just dragged out so long I wanted to scream. It just went on and on. I know many people like that so this could be the book for you. I was more interested in the political situation of Iran in 195 ...more
The novel’s true beauty lies in its capacity to emotionally move the reader. You cannot read this story without feeling ...more
The story of Roya and Bahman begins when they are teenagers in 1953 in Tehran. The two fall in love, meeting in secret at the Stationery Shop. They become engaged, although the political upheaval around them and family demands threaten to tear them apart. The two decide to marry anyway, but when Roya ...more
I loved the simple parts too— the food and customs, the smells, the taarof extreme politeness and small talk, the deeper meaning conveyed in conversation through the Farsi language, even ...more
Marjan Kamali has penned a wonderful and engaging story of love, politics, and family with her novel The Stationary Shop. Set against the backd ...more
This book was one emotional roller coaster ride. The book compares itself to The Notebook and The Kite Runner, and I think it was more similar to The Notebook than the latter. Nonetheless, it was very interesting.
This book is set in 1950s Iran, during the country’s peak period of tension regarding democracy or monarchy. The romance was set against a vivid environment of c...more
What I really loved about this novel was how Marjan Kamali brought the culture and traditions of mid-20th century Iran to life. Reading this book made me want to find the nearest Persian restaurant and led me in search of recipes for the melon ices Roya sips at their wealthy friend Jahangir's tango party. The sc ...more
The Stationery Shop is a Venus flytrap.
It lures you in with its vivid cover and its bibliophile title and its promise of a powerful love story and its Persian cultural feel.
And then...…. IT COMSUMES YOUR HEART AND SOUL.
It charms you with kisses and letters and promises, and then wrecks you with a Soo Close and an Almost and a Reconciliation.
"Those who are young tend to think that life's tragedies and miseries and its bullets will somehow miss them"
"The past ...more
This turn ...more
From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.
From the award-winning author of Together Tea—a debut novel hailed as “compassionate, funny, and wise” by Jill Davis, bestselling author of Girls’ Poker Night—comes a powerful love story exploring loss, reconciliation, and the quirks of fate.
Roya is a dreamy, id ...more
1. You want to be swept off your feet by the familiarity of young love and the power it holds.
2. You appreciate cultural novels written by authors who have a place in that culture.
3. You love connecting to characters, and when your heart swells and aches with them.
Bahman and Roya are 17 and in love, a feeling that many of us have known before. Set against the political unrest that encased Iran in 1953, their relationship blossoms. But then, by a trick of fate, the ...more
The story takes place from about 1953 to 2013 and touches on the politics and turmoil of Iran, the Iranian customs requirements of women and families, ...more
I won a copy of this book touted: "As powerful as... The Kite Runner and with the emotional impact of... The Notebook. I loved the former, have only seen the movie of the latter. A love story--two teenagers in 1953 Iran set amidst the political turmoil. I learned alot ab0ut the political situation from ...more
Marjan is a wonderful writer. She does time lapses in the best way I have ever experienced from an author (they usually frustrate me, but here they flowed seamlessly with the story). The first thing I noticed, in the first two pages, is that I cared about her characters.
I really hate it when I read a book of fiction (or even non-fiction ...more
This book was so richly written, I felt a part of the story. Kamali brings the strife of 1950's Iran back to life and you feel the angst of the people living there. The ...more
A captivating work of beautiful prose. I wasn't at all sure what to expect from this, but I'm a sucker for a stationery shop and I knew I had to read it. Learning more about Iranian culture before the 1970s was also a big reason for requesting this book from NetGalley. I'm happy to say that it more than lived up to my expectations.
Without providing spoilers, let me just say that the first half of the book has a ...more
CHARGE (What is the author trying to say?): How is love affected by loss, reconciliation, and a 1953 coup in Iran that will change their country forever?
FACTS: The book looks back on Bahman and Roya, two seventeen-year-old students who fall in love in a stationery shop in Tehran in the midst of a city in political turmoil. From the way the book is structured, we know from the beginning that their love is ill-fated and as the book unfolds, we find out why. ...more