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Chicken with Plums

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In November 1955, Nasser Ali Khan, one of Iran's most celebrated tar players, is in search of a new instrument. His beloved tar has been broken. But no matter what tar he tries, none of them sound right. Brokenhearted, Nasser Ali Khan decides that life is no longer worth living. He takes to his bed, renouncing the world and all of its pleasures. This is the story of the ei ...more
Hardcover, 84 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Pantheon (first published 2004)
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Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chicken with Plums tells the heartrending story of a celebrated Iranian musician who gives up his life for music and love.

When Nasser Ali Khan, Marjane Satrapi’s great-uncle, discovers that his beloved instrument is irreparably damaged, he takes to his bed, renouncing the world and all its pleasures.
Over the course of the week that follows, we are treated to vivid scenes of his encounters with family and friends, flashbacks to his childhood, and flash-forwards to his children’s future. And as
Pramod Nair
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Marjane Satrapi is an author who needs no introduction. Through Persepolis she enchanted millions of readers across the globe with a brilliantly crafted graphic memoir detailing the events of her life and times. Her insights, keen eye for details, refreshing sense of humor and fantastic storytelling abilities made each of the cartoon frames in Persepolis brim with the essence of life.

Through Chicken with Plums, Marjane Satrapi once again wields her magic wand to weave an emotional and dramatic t
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story about Art, Love & Life...


Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Marjane Satrapi has some amazing style for both of her writings and illustrations. It’s always something simple, drawn in black and white ink with some texts around them. But the stories in this simplicity are something unique, something different. And of course, it can’t be mixed up with some regular children comic books!

So, here she illustrates the story of Nasser Ali Khan who was deeply devoted towards music. He had a problematic childhood as he more into music than regular studies. Time does
Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Nabila by: Tofail Ahmed
বইটা বেশ অনেক দিন আগেই পড়েছি। তবে কিছু শবদের অভাবে রিভিউ লিখতে পারিনি। শবদগুলো খুঁজে পাইনি এখনো। তবুও কিছু লিখে ফেলা যাক।

আমার সবচেয়ে পরিয় গরাফিক নভেল The Complete Persepolis এর লেখিকা এবং আঁকিয়ে মারজান সাতরাপির সৃষটি আরেকটি বই এটি।

বইটাতে একটা সপেসিফিক মৃতযুর কথা আছে, সবেচছামৃতযু। যেখানে একটা বযকতির বাঁচার সমসত ইচছা শেষ হয়ে যায় এবং তা থেকে তার শরীরে মৃতযুর পরকরিয়া শুরু হয়ে যায়। আতমহতযা নয়, যেখানে শরীরকে মেরে ফেলা হয়, সবেচছামৃতযু, যেখানে বযকতির বাঁচার অনিচছার কারণে শরীর নিজে থেকেই মরে যায়। সবেচছাম
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christy by: Agir(آگِر)
On the face of it, Chicken and Plums is simply a story about Nassir Ali Kahn, a revered musician, who is on a search for a new tar because his favorite one has been broken. His search leads him far, including humor and disappointment, for one that will sound as beautiful as his former, beloved one did. Sadly, other tars, no matter how expensive, fail to satisfy him and he therefore decides life is not worth living and lies down waiting to die.

We learn much more though, as after he makes the deci
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
!!! عالی بود
کلی با این کتاب خندیدم

کتاب، داستان ده روز آخر زندگی ناصر علی خان نوازنده تار رو در قالب تصویر تعریف می کنه. بعد از این که تار محبوب استاد تو یه دعوا و مشاجره توسط زنش دو تیکه میشه لذت بردن از همه علایق و دلگرمی های زندگی براش ناممکن میشه و در انتظار مرگ روز رو شب می کنه و شب رو به روز می رسونه.

این که چرا ناصر علی خان استاد تار ناصر علی خان شده و حالا به این روز افتاده با خوندن اتفاقات هشت روز باقی عمرش و فلاش بک های داستان به زمان های خیلی دور که با چاشنی طنز لطیفی ( یا شاید هم تلخ)
MJ Nicholls
I saw the movie of Satrapi’s Persepolis and found it deeply irritating. But, being a pioneer in the graphic novel form—hell, a lone populiser of the form—I had to read something by her. This graphic novella (must I start a separate shelf for shorter graphic works?) is a melancholy folktale about a poor musician whose wife snaps his tar (like a sitar) in two. Finding no replacement for his prize instrument, he takes to his bed to die, where he reflects on his thwarted life—marrying the wrong woma ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ya sabemos cómo se las gasta la Satrapi; con no demasiadas palabras y algo más de tinta es capaz de contar grandes (y, en ocasiones, grandísimas) historias 🖤
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-lit-2008
Another brilliant, graphic novel from Satrapi. This one is not long at all - in fact, I read the whole thing in less than an hour's time.

Chicken With Plums is a story about Satrapi's great-uncle, Nasser Ali Khan. Nasser Ali Khan is a musician who decides to die after his beloved tar is broken by his wife. His marriage is pretty much a disaster, and as the novel progresses, we find out exactly why this is so - and it just so happens to be the same reason for why Nasser Ali Khan is so very upset o
This is a beautiful graphic novel about an Iranian musician who is heartbroken and who decides he doesn't want to go on living. Nasser Ali is unhappily married and is upset that his beloved instrument, a tar that was given to him by his teacher, has been broken. He tries to find a new tar, but is always disappointed in the quality. Nasser crawls into his bed and refuses to leave for several days. The only thing that gives him pleasure during this time is his favorite meal, chicken with plums.

Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy, Marjane and I have been through some shit. I fell in love with her – her way of storytelling, her art, her humor, her charm – when I first read Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and the Story of a Return. Blinded by my new found love, I immediately sought out Embroideries – a humorous and enlightening look at the sex lives of Iranian women – but was eventually led down by its superficiality and its homophobic undertones. Despite this setback, I wanted to give Marjane another shot and ...more
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
'Chicken with Plums' is the story of Nasser Ali Khan, one of Iran's most cherished tar (traditional string instrument) players. One day his tar is broken and Nasser Ali tries to replace it alas no other tar is good enough. That leads him to fall into a deep depression and decide to kill himself. The book then shares Nasser Ali's final 8 days interspersed with snippets of his and his family's lives from both past and future. A beautiful graphic novel in the same art style as beloved The Complete ...more
Orbi Alter
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: strip
Zanimljivo predstavljeni koncepti ljubavi, ocekivanja, samodestrukcije i inspiracije. Crtez je bas lijep i sve je nekako melankolicno (nije sve prekrasno u crtezu kao u npr. Habibi, gdje je svaka stranica malo umjetnicko djelce), ali mi se ovdje bas jako svidaju jednostavne linije. Zapravo sam uzela usporedivati to dvoje zbog melankolicnog tona u svakom potezu i svakoj rijeci.
Posebno dirljiv trenutak je kad Naser u krevetu razmislja o tome kako se netko uporno moli za njegovu dusu i na taj nacin
Sara Alaee
Dec 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, biography, memoir
Sad familiar story about love and its being the inspiration to create music. Graphics are also great.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sonu OneRepublic'in şarkı sözünü getirdi aklıma; "Heart still beating, but it's not working."
Alejandra Arévalo
Nasser Ali Khan es el protagonista de esta melancólica historia donde Satrapi vuelve a la biografía de al parecer un pariente suyo muy reconocido por tocar el Tar. En la novela vemos los últimos 8 días de vida de Nasser y Satrapi juega con saltos temporales que nos llevan a conocer mejor la vida de Nasser y su familia.
Desde el principio se revela cómo será el desenlace de la novela, sin embargo no es hasta el final que Sarapi nos da sorpresas que nos dejan un hoyo en el corazón.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely phenomenal. Breathtakingly sour and delightful at the same time.
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Satrapi relates the death of her great-uncle and celebrated musician Nassar Ali Khan with the cool detachment of a reporter. Her drawings and captions do not reveal how she views the events she shares with us. Her uncle took to his bed one day and decided he was going to die. It appears to have taken him eight days.

The explanation Satrapi offers us is that he lived for his music. When his beautiful instrument was broken by his wife in a moment of rage, he never imagined his talent would abandon
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, ebook, read-2013
Chicken with plums, candies and gums, clapping and drums, laughter and jumps.

This is how the title makes you feel but believe me its far from it. Marjane Satrapi and her beautiful picture books can make even the most grim subjects a bag of laughter. She brings in the amazing human ability to laugh and live life even in the most hopeless situations.

This book is the testimony to it - as Marjane narrates 8 days before death of Naseer Ali Khan, his broken tar and heart. He lay there waiting for dea
Dani Shuping
"Chicken with Plums" is based on the true story of Satrapi's great-uncle, Nasser Ali, a famous Iranian musician, whose Tar is destroyed by his wife. After deciding that he has nothing else to live for he takes to his bed and waits to die. Eight days later he dies. In between Nasser's wife, brother, sister, and children all try to convince him to stay in the living world as he dreams of what the future might be.

"Chickens with Plums" has the same great artwork of Persepolis that places the focus o
This is a story of eight days in 1958 Tehran. A cranky old man has taken to bed to die. There are flashbacks and flash-forwards from several perspectives. The man's regret and sorrow are taken to his grave but revealed to us. As in her three previous novels, Satrapi portrays brilliantly funny and resolute characters. The main one here is more distantly related to her than the ones in her earlier stories. In addition, he is a man and I think that gender plays a part in Satrapi's characterization. ...more
Abigail Spracklen
An interesting read. I really like Marajane Satrapi I want to read the rest of her books.
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it
More like a 3.5 really...

I enjoyed the story, it was interesting to read and surprising at the end (I didn't suspect the woman on the street to be the one girl the musician was in love with before). Also I like the realism of the characters, they are not stereotypically portrayed or forced into a typical story with a hero, antagonistic character, good vs bad, etc. It was a good plot to first introduce the character and his end, so readers were made curious on how the musician came to his end in
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was short, but our time together was just wonderful. I don't think it was as focused and fleshed out like Persepolis, but I don't fault Marjane for it. Persepolis was a personal story that Marjane LIVED, Chicken with Plums is also a very personal story, but it's about events well before her time. It's incredible she was able to weave such a compelling personal tale, with what was probably second hand information. Scraps here and there from different people, all of a man she never knew; and ye ...more
Chad Bearden
Dec 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Whereas Marjane Satrapi's most main-stream work, "Persepolis" is a graphic novel, "Chicken with Plums" is more of a graphic short story. The limited page count belies the power of the story, and indeed forces a precision upon the bittersweet musician's tale that brings the point home all the more effectively.

The story ostensibly covers eight days in the life of Satrapi's great-uncle and renowned tar player, Nassar Ali, but the use of flashbacks provide insights into the family and personal histo
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
It's easy to be disappointed in this book if you expect something of the scale and depth of the author's "Persepolis." But Satrapi has set out to tell a different kind of story in this book, and judging by that, I'd say she has come much closer to succeeding than some reviews here might suggest. Telling her story twice, first from an outsider's point of view and then from the perspective of the main character, Satrapi gives a postmodern twist to her material. And filling in what were surely the ...more
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading Persepolis made me a fan, not just of the graphic novel, but also of Marjane Satrapi as an artist. I added a few of her books to my To Read list on Goodreads, and this was the first one that I've read so far. It is a moving account of a man who loses love and the decline to which such loss leads.
This book is less sweeping than Persepolis but no less personal or touching. It's about Marjane's great uncle, Nasser Ali, and the events that lead up to his death. Satrapi's illustrations are e
Wes Bishop
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Every once and awhile you come across a story that is so tragic that it goes beyond a story and becomes a beautiful work of art. The story that Marjane Satrapis has given us is such a work, combined with her art this story leaves the reader touched and unable to feel anything but the beauty and the tragedy of the characters. From the lessons she offers on life, and love, to the simplistic lessons of faith and the tragic condition that so many find themselves in, this book will leave even the mos ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
A moving, psychological examination of a man facing suicide. I've been reading lots of Satrapi's work lately, I guess out of shame that I slept on her for so long. I really enjoy her stories and she tells them with lots of honesty and insight.

This could have been a digress chapter in Persepolis as it concerns one of Satrapi's relatives in Iran in the 50s and continues her exploration of society and culture in 20th century Iran.

Its a short book at only 80 pages, but it tells a complete story abou
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Marjane Satrapi (Persian: مرجان ساتراپی) is an Iranian-born French contemporary graphic novellist, illustrator, animated film director, and children's book author. Apart from her native tongue Persian, she speaks English, Swedish, German, French and Italian.

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