Start reading The Garden of Milk and Wine on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.
OR
Read for Free
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card
 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available
 

The Garden of Milk and Wine [Kindle Edition]

Mo Saidi
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Kindle Price: $2.99
 
Kindle Unlimited Read this title for free and get unlimited access to over 700,000 titles. Learn More

  • Length: 178 pages
  • Prime members can borrow this book and read it on their devices with Kindle Owners Lending Library.
Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $2.99  
Paperback --  
Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Book Description

The Garden of Milk and Wine is Mo H Saidi’s collection of short stories which exhibits a strong literary voice and a depth of knowledge about unique characters. The stories drawn from both the author's medical and his literary background. The novelist Robert Flynn writes of Saidi’s work in Art in the City, that he "lays bare the intersections between . . . beauty and disaster." and the writer Wendy Barker adds, "The poems . . . provide a garden of their own; in a chaotic world of heated violence, they offer a cool, reflective center.

Editorial Reviews

Review

In The Garden of Milk and Wine , Mo H Saidi draws on his experiences as a native of Iran and as a medical doctor to deal with the elemental issues of what makes us human, what we do in the face of the forces of good and evil. He is not afraid to tackle big subjects, but he does so with a firm grounding in our world, with a poet's eye for the telling detail, and a doctor's probing determination.

This wide-ranging collection covers a lot of ground, but Saidi deftly covers that ground with rich, lively details that put us in hospitals or Tehran, or wherever his stories feel the need to go. While seeking to lift the lid to reveal what's beneath external appearances, Saidi proves to be an intimate, knowledgable guide.

His characters struggle with both physical and spiritual disease and death. He offers us no easy solutions to life's complexities some wounds do not heal but these stories inspire with their characters' tough determination to embrace the questions, to follow the tougher paths, to not give in. --~ Jim Daniels, Author of Trigger Man: More Tales of the Motor City

All day I think about it, then at night I say it. wrote Rumi, the Persian poet whose spirit suffuses Mo Saidi's fiction. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? The Garden of Milk and Wineis a series of passionate meditations on fundamental earthly questions. Set in Iran, America, and elsewhere in the Cosmos, the twentyshort stories in this collection draw on the author's childhood and his medical training, but most notably on his sumptuous imagination. Like such other writer-physicians as John Keats, Anton Checkhov, and William Carlos Williams, Saidi turns to literature to salve the symptoms of mortality. Like Joseph Conrad, Vladimir Nabokov, and Samuel Beckett, he makes an adopted language sing. --Steven G. Kellman, Author of The Translingual Imagination

Mo Saidi has lived a wonderful life of learning with adventures in two cultures, two countries. Adventures in education, travel, medicine, science, religion, art, and literature. He is allowing us to share these adventures in memorable stories in prose and poetry. This book is another sample of the riches still in store. --~ Robert L. Flynn, Professor Emeritus, Trinity University Author of 10 novels, including Jade: Outlaw and Jade: The law.

All day I think about it, then at night I say it. wrote Rumi, the Persian poet whose spirit suffuses Mo Saidi's fiction. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? The Garden of Milk and Wineis a series of passionate meditations on fundamental earthly questions. Set in Iran, America, and elsewhere in the Cosmos, the twentyshort stories in this collection draw on the author's childhood and his medical training, but most notably on his sumptuous imagination. Like such other writer-physicians as John Keats, Anton Checkhov, and William Carlos Williams, Saidi turns to literature to salve the symptoms of mortality. Like Joseph Conrad, Vladimir Nabokov, and Samuel Beckett, he makes an adopted language sing. --Steven G. Kellman, Author of The Translingual Imagination

Mo Saidi has lived a wonderful life of learning with adventures in two cultures, two countries. Adventures in education, travel, medicine, science, religion, art, and literature. He is allowing us to share these adventures in memorable stories in prose and poetry. This book is another sample of the riches still in store. --~ Robert L. Flynn, Professor Emeritus, Trinity University Author of 10 novels, including Jade: Outlaw and Jade: The law.

About the Author

Dr. Mo H Saidi was born in Iran and went to medical school in Tehran. He came to the United States in 1969 and became a citizen in 1975. He served in hospitals in New York and elsewhere before he came to San Antonio, Texas and established a large private practice in obstretrics and gynecology.

In addition, he taught gynecologic surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center. As a physician, he wrote a book titled Female Sterilization: A Handbook for Women and published many articles in medical journals.

After he retired from his medical practice, he began to write poetry and prose. His first book of poetry, published in 2007 is titled Art in the City. This collection won the Edwin Eakin Memorial Book Publication Award sponsored by the Poetry Society of Texas. His second book of poetry, The color of Faith was published in 2010 by the Pecan Grove Press. He has also written a novel titled The Persian Marchers. Since 2009-present, it has been published in serial form by Voices de la Luna: A Quarterly Poetry & Arts Magazine. His second novel The Grant Writer is pending publication.
In the following, the author tells in his own words about his dream of writing:

My birthplace is Ahwaz, in Southwest Iran, seventy miles north of the Persian Gulf, forty miles east of the Iraqi border, where my childhood friends and I used to play soccer at high noon, during simmering and humid summers with the temperature climbing beyond 120 degrees.

Persians grow up with poetry and cherish it. When I was in high school, we often played a common game called mosha'ereh, or 'exchanging couplets.' One person recites a classic verse and the next one has to find a suitable response, using another well-known verse. I may easily claim that Persians are poets.

Since I was 7, I wanted to be a writer. Instead I became a physician, but I never relinquished my dream. Finding prose writing in English a challenge, in 2000, I used an extended visit with my son in Boston to enroll in a graduate summer course at Harvard University. I began to write prose and poetry in English, and after six summers in Boston, I eventually received a master's degree in English and American Literature and Language at the age of 65.

During these summers of reading American poetry and prose, I was inspired by a great physician-writer, William Carlos Williams and his work. Williams was a busy physician, yet also a remarkable poet and writer. Although I had a late start in writing, the experience of trying to get educated and write in the second language has been enjoyable and has filled my life with excitement. Now that I am a retired physician, writing gives me a sense of purpose and hope.

There are memories and events in my life that in many ways are ordinary and familiar to a reader, but when you consider the cultural, political, and geographical diversities that I have encountered and experienced, the writings will become unique and offer an uncommon perspective. Therefore, I hope you enjoy walking beside me and seeing the world through my eyes.


Product Details

  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Rhyme or Reason Word Design Studio; 1 edition (October 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071AZ2BO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,052,473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
(1)
5.0 out of 5 stars
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic images. February 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this on one of the days it was free, and appreciate the chance to get to know this author's work. He has an effortless way with words. I could definitely tell he's a nature-loving poet, with his references ranging from the sun rising over George Strait's house to the white flower of a dill plant to lava rocks covering a grave.

Some of the stories had graphic details of sex, death, and pathology reports that are not for the squeamish.

My own favorite was the short and sweet "Goldfish". It was especially nice that this one (and the one right after it, "Sunset Mirage") were set in San Antonio, where I lived for 16 years. I could just see that sunny patio in "Goldfish"; and Mike's walk down Callaghan Road in "Sunset Mirage".
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

Dr. Mo H Saidi was born in Iran and moved to the U.S. in 1969. He became a U.S. citizen in 1975. While teaching gynecology surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, he founded an OB/GYN group practice in San Antonio, Texas. He published over fifty scientific papers in American medical journals and a book, Female Sterilization: A Handbook For Women (Garland Publishing Co.). He has written over thirty short stories and completed two novels, Persian Marchers: A Novel and The Grant Writer. Currently he is working on a Third Novel, My Town, and completing a collection of short stories, Leaving the Gardens of Milk and Honey. In 2007 he won a first place award, the Iowa Poetry Association Award, from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and received a master's degree in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University. His first book of poetry, Art in the City, won the 2007 Eakin Award of the Poetry Society of Texas; his recent book, The Color of Faith, was published by St. Mary's University Pecan Grove Press in April 2010. He has published poems, essays, and short stories in literary and medical periodicals. He is the Managing Editor of Voices de la Luna: A Quarterly Poetry & Arts Magazine. He is married, has three adult children and two grandchildren. He is a member of The Authors Guild.

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Look for Similar Items by Category