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The Blue Flower of Forgetfulness [Paperback]

Cyrus Samii
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May 29, 2010 0979057353 978-0979057359
The Blue Flower of Forgetfulness is an account of modernization in Iran, weaving together Persian fairy tales, epic poems and Hollywood movies, orientalist history and urban legends, World Bank loans, feverish growth and tranquil fields of roses--and the grip of a force that strangles dreams.

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Urtext (May 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979057353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979057359
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,955,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons of Life and Love August 24, 2010
By Yassi
The Blue Flower of Forgetfulness is like one of the roses that Fereshteh and Nur ed Din grow in the paradise they created on Earth (though not "Double Delight" or "Raspberry Swirls," but possibly a rose that is "dark burgundy for unconscious beauty"). The story is lovely in its language, fragrant with lessons of love and life, and at the end of the tale the reader is left with the sensation of inhaling a rose... a feeling of happiness and joy, while at the same time craving yet another deep breath of what you have just experienced. It is a story full of characters you admire for their sheer brilliance and those you admire for their equally brilliant flaws. The lives of Firouz and Nur ed Din represent in a poetic and honest way the reality of Iran and the people that loved her most... how she pretended to love them back, and how at the end she returned to the black veil that disguised her beauty. This novel by Mr. Samii brings Persian literature into the 21 century with vibrant passion and subtle insight. It is a novel that should be read time and again to understand the truth about our lives, the ones we believe are a direct lines, the ones that spin in circles, those that zig zag back and forth, and those that take clear paths to reach unexpected endings. This book is a gem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story for a target audience September 9, 2010
By Basha
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Cyrus Samii has managed to connect many strains of thinking and pieces of history with his novel, The Blue Flower of Forgetfulness. He weaves the story of four people together with the modern history of Iran, ancient Persian folk tales, a bit of religion and a love story. I enjoyed the story of Nur el-Din and Fereshteh - who could not love these two and their devotion to each other and to their garden? I was perplexed, however, by the relationship between Firouz and Yassaman, and why they ended up in exile together. I felt I was missing pieces of the story, and that is perhaps due to the fact that I am not Iranian and do not have the memories of the country before the current revolution, nor did I grow up with the ancient tales. I believe this novel is meant for a particular audience: Iranians who no longer live in the country and feel they cannot go back because it has changed so much over the past several decades. However, I would still encourage anyone to read it who is interested in Persian history and culture. The manner in which the author paints the portrait of Firuoz and his relationship to Iran - as a girlfriend, mistress, wife - surely explains much in regard to the Iranians who now live in western countries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Flower of Forgetfulness March 19, 2013
The Blue Flower of Forgetfulness

Cyrus Samii

"If Iran was a fairy tale at all, it was a Persian tale... the story of the cold-hearted princess who would only be seduced by the one who bested her.... It is a fairytale that might each of us ran the race and how each of us lost."

Iran's psyche, no, her soul, is a labyrinth of allegories and anecdotes, parables and proverbs, myths and metaphors, lines of poetry and tales of old wives. Like individual knots, these are intricately woven into that eternally beautiful, but ultimately functional thing called the Persian Carpet.

It is in this spirit that Cyrus Samii, in his powerful debut novel "The Blue Flower of Forgetfulness" has spun his tale of two friends who symbolically, but in a real and identifiable way, unfurl the image, design and pattern of the carpet that was Iran in the 20th century. The pursuit of hopes and dreams and their ultimate betrayal are told through the contrasting lives of two friends, Firouz and Nur ed Din. Narrated in detail from school days it is a "memoir" of a timeless love affair that each has had with Iran set within the context of Persian fairy tales and politics. Within the tenuous dualism that defines Iran, the two characters symbolize different views and approaches to their love for their country: the pragmatic, and the spiritual.

Samii describes Iran at once as Turandot, the beautiful princess who demands impossible feats from her suitors only to set them up for disappointment, and cruel punishment when they cannot deliver. Her sublimity is never questioned, but her resistance to accepting love is the crux of the despair and frustration that Samii describes in a stunning descriptive voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art and heart September 21, 2010
By Reza
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Cyrus Samii's novel, The Blue Flower of Forgetfulness, is a lyrical account of Iran in the years leading up to the Revolution. The story of a generation as a whole and of two men in particular, life long friends, each resolute in their mission, living honorable but contrasting lives. A story of love and life, beautifully interwoven with historic fables and childhood fairytales, poetically painted with Yassaman's honest voice as the narrator.

Samii's even handed approach to the years prior to the Iranian revolution when a collective amnesia clouded our sense of purpose and meaning, and the immediate years following when the nation was struck by a rude awakening should be applauded for its sensitivity and sensibility. His brilliant language coupled with his skillful storytelling is mesmerizing. At the end, you only wish there were more novels to read from this talented author.
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