Monday, December 21, 2009

Not to be Confused with Napa Valley

'The Septembers of Shiraz'
Dalia Sofer

I truly believe that it really matters when you read a book. It needs to be the right place and at the right time. I fear that this may be a case of poor timing on my part so you may want to read this review with a grain of salt. Reading a book about the Iranian Revolution is not recommended for sitting by the beach!

'The Septembers of Shiraz' is centered around Isaac Amin and his family. Early in the book, Isaac is arrested for being a spy in the Iranian Revolution. It appears to be because his father was connected to the Shah. He is initially just upset because he will be missing his lunch date with his wife Farnaz and his daughter Shirin and has been missing them a lot lately. Soon he realizes that he needs to worry about other things because he will be in jail for quite some time.

The story is a mix of family drama and political discourse. With the family you have them dealing with the aftermath of what happens when the husband gets thrown in jail and the family at first really doesn't know. The Amin family is well off and Farnaz tries to go and visit her husband and find out why he is in jail. She wants to protect her young daughter from the truth and busies herself with ridding their home of any other incriminating evidence in case they are raided by the revolutionaries. Shirin is 9 and wants to believe that her father will come home and everything will be back to normal but she is realizing that this might not be true. The Amin's also have a son, Parviz. Parviz is going to college in Brooklyn and strapped for cash. I won't spend too much time on him because I thoroughly disliked him.

The writing is good, the character's are believable, the story is sad but ultimately I just didn't connect with it. Let's just call it bad timing. Anyone else read it?

(I got this book from paperbackswap.com)

2 comments:

  1. I just got this book last month, and so I hope I enjoy it more than you did?? I agree that "timing is everything" for any book really. Happy Holidays

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  2. I've heard good things about this but you are right; timing is everything

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