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Sky of Red Poppies Paperback – July 15, 2010
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"A book revealing a clash of cultures and abounding with intrigue, which I highly recommend." --East County Magazine
"Sky of Red Poppies takes its readers on a fascinating journey through the landscapes of Iran. A must read!" --Melody Moezzi, NPR commentator and author of War on Error
Nominated finalist for KPBS's One Book One San Diego 2011
The overwhelming support of readers has made Sky of Red Poppies a 2012 selection for One Book, One San Diego.
Finalist in Benjamin Franklin Awards, cover, fiction.
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I can't begin to express all of the ways I love this book and all of the delights it brought me. The imaginative language, the poetic presence, the enthralling story, and the rich characters, are all worth more than reading. They are worth befriending, and allowing into your psyche, into your own story.
I find myself thinking of the Sky of Red Poppies weeks after putting it down. There is a new meaning to the flower when I see a poppy, a feeling of connectedness and fear when I read of the current political events of the Middle East, and a newfound interest in Iranian history.
Sky of Red Poppies is an account that widens not only ones understanding of Iran, but also the breadth of emotions of ones heart. I would recommend this book to all those who would like to hear a riveting tale, or meet a charming friend whom they will not soon forget.
The novel reads as a first person detailing of events experienced by Roya, a young teenage girl. From her earliest exposures to the `radical' in her school, a more secularized girl's academy, a literature teacher encourages his students in dissent literature and poetry: playing to the Persian love of that literary form. Interwoven with hushed voices, secrets and secret police the story manages to present and detail a portrait of an Iran as seen by a privileged and non-religious family.
The overwhelming sense I had on completing this story was one of fond memories. It would be impossible to ignore the atrocities that were spoken of within the story, but there is that sense of the author's regard for the country she knew as a child, and the people who formed her best memories. And it does read much like a letter to a flawed and often disagreeable lover, where you can celebrate the good and still manage to accept the reality of the bad.
Beautifully written with a depth of characterization that matures as the narrator ages, this book manages to enlighten as it entertains. The author states that she wished to answer questions for her American born children about the country of her birth, far different and more complex than the pariah that current news items in America would have you believe. In doing so, I believe she has succeeded in providing a book that makes her version of Iran accessible and easy to relate to with her wonderful prose.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great insight into the role and status of women in Iran.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I got this books based on the numerous high ratings. Unfortunately, it was not for me. I found the writing stilted and the character development extremely lacking. Read morePublished 3 months ago by stuartsara
I am so glad I came across this book. After a few so so reading experiences I kind of lost the passion of seeking new books to read at night. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JunkndJingle
Delicately written, lightly handles a difficult topic but delivers strong characters that stay with you long after the reading. Great.Published 5 months ago by Philile Nxumalo
This book was selected to be read and discussed by our book club and as soon as I turned the first page, I was transported back to a time I remembered as being a highly volatile... Read morePublished 7 months ago by SueJ
I wanted to like this as I am interested in learning about the history of Iran, but could not finish it. Very simplistic writing, two dimensional characters. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Colette F
Well written, intriguing story of 1960's Iran from a schoolgirl's point of view. This book will make you think.Published 11 months ago by Tamara
What a wonderful book! The author shared her family, friends and experience in such a way - I could picture the character, their emotions, and surroundings, so real. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Hshoppefr