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The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons: Selected Stories Hardcover – October 21, 2013

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From Publishers Weekly

For Western readers, this fascinating collection might be most absorbing for the glimpses of daily life in Iran it provides, both in times of trouble and during more ordinary occurrences, like dance class for teenage girls in 1953 or a household antique sale during the 1979 revolution. Taraghi, born in Tehran in 1939 and currently living in Paris, also conveys the heartache and ambivalence of life in exile. The cumulative result is textured and nuanced, reflecting many different angles of upheaval and separation. In Amina's Great Journey, an Iranian mother of two who flees to France during the revolution witnesses the remarkable transformation of her maid, a Bangladeshi woman whose abusive husband controls her from oceans away until unpredictable circumstances change the situation. In Gentleman Thief, a college student uncovers how some people who could not leave Iran after the Shah's fall made do. Though overlong interior monologues slow the pace of a few stories, Taraghi's knack for dialogue feels fresh and intimate throughout. Overall, the reader is left with an acute understanding of what all of these characters have endured. (Oct.)

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Taraghi’s stories are deceiving in their simplicity. Clean sentences and unembellished plots provide the framework for rich, layered, and haunting worlds. Her 10 tales are intoxicating, told with the cadence of folktales but set in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Iran—a place crackling with tension below the smooth surface Taraghi creates. The conflicts range widely, from hostage situations to dinner parties, but whether large or small, Taraghi presents all her characters’ troubles with equal seriousness and attention. An observant and thoughtful author, she creates characters without judgment: from an apologetic thief with no other options, to an upper-class husband whose sudden mysterious illness unveils the shallowness of his decisions; from teenage girls flirting with boys after dance lessons, to a woman visiting from Paris who is arrested by her former nanny, now working with the Revolutionary Guard. Through her characters, Taraghi conveys the many dimensions of Iranian life. The thread through each engaging tale is the quest for dignity, particularly as it relates to comfort and home, and the unavoidable awkwardness of exile. --Annie Tully
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (October 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039306333X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393063332
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,412,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love good writing and good story telling. This book has both. You will find understanding and tenderness in your heart for people who suffer under oppressive government dictatorships, even as you are still able to chuckle at the insanity. And, considering that the book had to undergo several rounds of scrutiny and censor by several government bureaucrats, it is remarkable for what it reveals.
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Goli Taraghi is a marvelous story teller. She creates a tapestry with different stories and beautiful threads. Each character gets the center stage in different stories. Taraghi’s book offers readers a chance to read an author who has maintained her popularity in Iran for nearly four decades — an era spanning revolution, war and diaspora. Her accessible prose straddles the boundary between memoir and fiction, documenting life in Iran and in exile.
Taraghi’s work, with its focus on contemporary life as lived by a range of quixotic characters, offers not only a portrait of her homeland but a chance for readers to explore their own alternate selves. I love good writing and good story-telling. This book has both.
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A starred recommendation from Kirkus Reviews and my longstanding interest in Middle Eastern, including Iranian, cultures and history served as powerful draws for me to read The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons: Selected Stories by Goli Taraghi as soon as I could. Very fortunately, I won a Goodreads giveaway featuring this book as a prize. The collection satisfied my curiosity by providing me with more experience reading Iranian literature (if only in translation, thanks in this case to the efforts of Sara Khalili) and expanded my understanding of modern Iranian culture as it manifests in people's everyday lives.

Outside of the contextual information they provided, I don't expect these stories to prove particularly memorable even though my reading experience was very satisfying. They just didn't capture my imagination, as it were, which has more to do with my personality than any flaw or strength in the text itself.
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I read for several reasons: to learn something (about history, people, culture human relations, and so on); to escape reality (mysteries, adventure, romance). I found The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons neither educational nor pleasurable. I found no cohesiveness in the collection of stories (the title story appears last), and the characters did not elicit empathy, understanding, and caring.
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This was a collection of short stories that took place in/around the Iranian revolution. I found the stories in the second half of the book more enjoyable than the first half. It started very slowly for me, but I had read such good things about the book that I kept going, hoping the next story would better catch my attention. And eventually, they did! I liked the story about the Flowers of Shiraz, about the flight to Tehran and the ping pong match, Delbar and the Little Monkey, and of course, about the Pomegranate Lady. I found the topics very interesting, describing life around that period from so many different perspectives. You really got a clear picture of the chaotic environment, the strict rules and regulations, the fear and uncertainty, the reluctance to join the movement and cling to the past, and the excitement about the future. The author painted the stories beautifully, and I actually learned a lot about the revolution through these various perspectives. Despite the slow start, I enjoyed the book.
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Interesting, sad and unsettling book. Provides a unique view into the Iranian revolution and its impact on people's lives and relationships. A very good read for those who have an interest in Iran.
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Stories full of poetry beauty and truth. Each story is like a painting or a delicious dish. You won't want to put down your spoon until you've tasted each one.
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Fascinating glimpse of the daily life of Iran after the Shah. Very stressful situations for the ordinary citizens at present.
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