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Cemetery of Dreams Paperback – October 1, 2010
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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.
GCemetery of Dreams
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.
The book is fast-paced and engrossing - I highly recommend it.