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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald Book Company (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934572519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934572511
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,941,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

S. Mostofi was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. After the overthrow of the Pahlavi dynasty, the Islamic regime prohibited her father, an executive at one of the major banks in Tehran, from traveling for fifteen years and stripped her family of their wealth and position. The first in her family to immigrate to the United States, S. Mostofi came to America in the 1990s at the age of sixteen. She wrote the first draft of Cemetery of Dreams when she was fourteen years old in Iran. In 2004 she returned to it, eventually rewriting and revising it. S. Mostofi now lives in California with her husband. Cemetery of Dreams is her first novel.

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S. Mostofi was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. After the overthrow of the Pahlavi dynasty, the Islamic regime prohibited her father, an executive at one of the major banks in Tehran, from traveling for fifteen years and stripped her family of their wealth and position. Meanwhile, many of her relatives escaped or were executed for trivial reasons.

The first in her family to immigrate to the United States, S. Mostofi came to America in the 1990s at the age of sixteen, with little if any financial assistance. She wrote the first draft of Cemetery of Dreams when she was fourteen years old in Iran. In 2004 she returned to it, eventually rewriting and revising it.



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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mometan on December 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read this book in a few consecutive days while I was working out in the gym, on my ebook reader.

Cemetery of dreams, by S. Mostofi follows characters from high society as well as middle and poorer class Iranians in the years following the revolution of 1979 and the events surrounding the US embassy hostage taking by Iranian students, and the failed US military attempt to rescue them, "Operation Eagle Claw".

Arman, a young Shah's era Iranian Navy officer is drawn into the US rescue mission while he is trying to get his American girlfriend out of Iran and take care of his ailing father who is hospitalized after having a heart attack. All this is topped by his ordeals when dealing with his old sweetheart, Melody and a re-awakening love affair.

I found Mostofi's ability to draw a nexus among subjects that, on the surface may seem very divergent, very compelling, and she does it smoothly, skillfully and without hopping around a lot: US politics in the Middle East, Iranian cultural dispositions in different societal classes (even though with a view a bit biased toward the higher class), and a semi fictional outlining of historical and factual events.

For about the first three quarters of the book, the plot is strong, most of the main characters are round and well developed and the story draws you in and makes you follow. But the book loses its grip on the reader when it gets to detailing the US rescue operations towards the end. There is a sense of rush in writing this part, characters are developed rather poorly and it gives the reader a feel that this part is not fully baked! And that's why it got only four stars from me.

Nevertheless this is a good and entertaining read and I highly recommend it. I can't wait for its movie to come out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Goli on September 26, 2010
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I have read this book and enjoyed it thoroughly. Its beautifully written, full of action, provides valuable insight into the Iranian revolution. The characters of the book are vivid and vibrant, the scenery and events are picturesque. Once I started reading could not put the book down. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an entertaining novel which also provides valuable information about the Iranian revolution.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Art on October 28, 2010
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This was a great read. There are a lot of stories, myths and spin about the Iran hostage crisis and the Iranian revolution. However, no one can disagree that it's tragedy when a people turn against each other and commit horrible acts in the name of a cause.

The story is about Arman who is taking care of his sick father. He is dragged into supporting the CIA coup against the regime. He enlists a group of 400 soldiers to help him and is faced with betrayals and intrigue on all sides. The author doesn't shy away from painting the reality of the situation. The story of the kid being executed for the `crime' of his parents is heartbreaking (it's based on actual events) and in my mind, exemplifies how people can lose their humanity and common sense in a time of crisis.

I also found elements of the ending very surprising. It's interesting that I had never heard about this particular interpretations of the events and what's startling is that it's based on actual eyewitness accounts.

Overall, I highly recommend this book.
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By Gus on October 10, 2010
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From the creature comforts of a presumably functioning democracy, it's a simple thing to want a 'revolution' whenever the opposition is (s)elected. 'Cemetery of Dreams', while fictional, provides a very real scenario for how revolutionary ideals can go astray by interlacing the hidden, confused, ideological and downright absurd agendas the human animal is capable of. The realism no doubt stems from first-hand experience, and as such 'Cemetery of Dreams' should be required reading for anyone doubting the value of representative government.

The book is fast-paced and engrossing - I highly recommend it.
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