Shokoofeh Azar Ê 9 reviewElligentsia family is such that erhaps the only way one can therapeutically reframe things is by using the supernatural I referred when this was simply a deduction In Chapter 15 an alternate bleak mundane reality is described and this was both too on the nose and dispiriting Some readers will feel as I did that we didn t need to know that be told that imagining corners of it was enoughThis wasn t a book I wanted to be reading at the moment though I could always tell from the opening ages that the narrative voice was uite beguiling and it اسرار حقیقی probably wasn t as worthy as one might assume from the blurb and that to an extent I might like it despite myself In the bloggers shadowanel group basically everyone loves this book and that combined with the worthy sounding blurb and that I don t like M ruez as much as most Les Abandonnés de la Républiue Vie et mort des Amérindiens de Guyane française people made me really not look forward to that So I was merely thinking it might be a chore but at least uite a short one as books go But the current situation makes me really not want to read books set in currently existing or futuristic authoritarian regimes The voice the folktales of jinns and Zoroastrians animals doing cute things and the lovely world of ghosts which despite a few hints towards its bleakness sounds a lot fun than life in Iran andlenty of other repressive or severely impoverished Spirits Abroad places allrovided a lot of relief from that But this novel is also uite a tough read especially in the way it keeps Masters of Cinema pummelling the reader towards the end Just when you think the horrors might have ended there s another and another and another heartbreaking event and in those moments I kept remembering that this was not a book I would have chosen to read just now and that my estimation of that was correct The rhythm felt different from that of its fellow longlistee but sadly not shortlistee The Eighth Life which seemed carefully constructed torovide a balance of entertainment and drama horror and endurance with hope and refuge The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is a novel both of A través de mi ventana politics and art to tell you about the horrors of the Iranian regime and for the author to express her skill and showcase a beautiful Persian culture millennia older than the current government It seems to have to tell the reader for the first time its culture being less well known globally and therefore is relatively relentless It feels like a book aboutrocessing and being creatively inspired by terrible experiences therefore it doesn t go into the reasons for the revolution and why some Iranians supported it It is simply about how 嘘喰い 1 1 ヤングジャンプコミックス people like the narrator s family were robbed of a decent freer life in some cases of life by theost 1979 authorities However I would guess that the folkloric content and other references not obvious to the average Westerner might nevertheless make this novel very special to readers with heritage in Iran or nearby cultures But there is also Make Your Portraits Magic plenty to like here I am not generally a fan of books about books andreciousness about books but for these characters the stakes are far higher books are not an overproduced consumer commodity available everywhere common classic novels and Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944: The Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller philosophy texts westerners take for granted are dangerous to own and hard to come by and their long lists of books andaeans to them are deeply meaningful There was wisdom here some from the folk tradition like the Wertherian concept of black love which afflicted a neighbouring girl in the village and some formal I really liked the discussion late in the novel between the narrator s Dad and his venerable mystic brother Khosrow In recent years online I ve often seen a wholesale dismissal of stoicism acceptance mysticism and other spiritual ways of coping with difficulty by young going far beyond the obvious Canary and the Mothman pitfalls of the corporate adoption of mindfulness and happiness studies or the neglect of living conditions in some areas ofsychology an attitude similar to the argument the narrator s Dad makes But one rarely sees someone from the spiritual side getting to reply at length ড্যাঞ্চিনামা properly acknowledging the other side s argument as Khosrow does and especially not where the argument has real stakes for botharties Of course I kind of liked the scene because in a elegant and wise way it echoes my own take on it that there are some things you just can t change and some Blacksad people at least on social media don t seem to berepared to admit how common that is and that you need to try and find ways of coping because the alternative is like a bird that keeps on flying at windows and there are robably damn good reasons some of these approaches have survived for thousands of years I only say kind of because it was horrible seeing what happened in the novel afterwards The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree I found similar in uality to several of the other novels on this year s longlist there is a lot in it which is
GOOD UALITY BUT THERE IS ATuality but there is at one significant flaw or other aspect I disliked which means I don t see it as a winner Here that would be the similarity to M ruez lus its being a tougher read than some would like at this time But so many other විලාසිනියකගේ ප්රේමය නම් චම්පු කාව්යය people like this one so who knows I would have loved to have instead read a whole novel about the 1000 year old wandering ghost of a Siberian hunter whom the narrator meets in the first uarterRead reviewed April 2020 I struggled with this lots of digressive magical realism in the style of Maruez which isn t something I really have a lot ofatience with It s fascinating to read something so deeply Iranian lots of mythology and history bleeds into the story but I like my narratives built on solid ground Shortlisted for the Booker International Prize 2020Azar is an Iranian or Persian exile living in Australia which gives her a degree of license to Dad wrote everything again This time he cut out all the arts he had realized were incomprehensible to their stale minds and embellished here and there to make it thoroughly believable This time he wrote nothing about the black sn Literally when I was typing this the book was shortlisted for International Booker Prize 2020In one sentence if you are a fan of the classic magic realism a la One Hundred Years of Solitude you will robably like this book And it is a harder call if you like me are not armoured with this work by Maruez I Tenías que ser tú personallyrefer Borges and Cortazar For the first two chapters I real Now shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 202045 Contrary to what dad believe culture knowledge and art retreat in the face of violence the sword and fire I guess this novel Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework proves that I am not over magic realism in general but only over some authors representing this genre I say this because this book is drowning in magic realism it breaths in and breaths out magical creatures ghosts Arabic and Persian mythologyShokoofeh Azar is an Iranian writer living in Australia and this is her debut novel The novel tells the magical and tragic story of a family who loses everything in the times of The Islamic Revolution The story is narrated b Have you ever tried toour an ocean into a thimble If yes you know exactly what I am feeling trying to write a review of Shokoofeh Azar s novel which I finished tonight Words fail me I wish I had a garden then I would Les filles bien n'avalent pas plant a greengage tree instead It would always remind me of Roza Hushang Sohrab Beeta Bahar and the book which blew me awayThat s itReview to comerovided I will safely return to reality My heart is still in Razan When I want to learn about world events and A Reversible Santa Claus political revolutions there s a reason why I don t only read newspaper articles and history books There s so much to a country itseople and their culture than can be found in facts The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree describes an Iranian family in facts The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree describes an Iranian family apart by the country s 1979 Islamic Revolution They flee their home in Tehran and settle in a small village with the hope of continuing their lives in relative eace but find the new regime imposes changes which hinder or end their lives The novel doesn t shrink from the brutality of what happens to People Who Are Imprisoned Murdered who are imprisoned murdered suffer wider violence because their beliefs and opinions run counter to the new order But it also fills these stories with fantastic occurrences including encounters with jinns and a girl who morphs into a mermaid These tales which draw upon Persian mythology are a way for the characters to rocess what s happening to them but they also keep their culture alive when it s being uashed by an enforced monotheistic government A character named Beeta comments when life is so deficient and mundane why shouldn t imagination supplement reality to liven it up So this novel s method of telling also roduces an enthralling and beautifully inventive story Read my full review of The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar on LonesomeReader I really wanted to like this book but it didn t let me I have a little bit of raise but also many Hakushaku Reijou (volume 9) problems with it It s a sentimental story that brings to life many forgotten local Iranian folk tales but it s sooorly written and its message is a bit distorted and exaggerated that I can t rate it anything higher than a 15 The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is a novel by Shokoofeh Azar an Iranian based in Australia It uses magical realism and Iranian folklore to tell the story of an upper class Iranian family whose life is driven to absolute ruin in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution Like every othe. After the Islamic Revolution in 1979 Using the lyrical magic realism style of classical Persian storytelling Azar draws the reader deep in. R work of fiction by Iranian writers in Diaspora it s very complicated for me as an Iranian to talk about this book with non Iranians especially since such books receive attention in international circles by On Desire Why We Want What We Want people who don t exactly understand the complications nuances and the reality of life inost revolution Iran I don t feel safe to write as freely as I d like to on the subject so I will leave that for another time and only mention three main things about the book itself 1 the use of magical realism and folklore 2 Living with Mom and Living with Dad political message and 3 writing The usage of Iranian folklore to tell the story is the book s only strong asset Azar has used many elements and imaginary beings of Iranian folk tales especially those of Mazandaran arovince in Northern Iran and I The Binding Vine praise her for that since those local folks and legends have become so niche and unknown that are on the brink of extinction these days I knew about some of the legends and I checked the rest with my mother whose family is from Mazandaran and she confirmed that some of the elements are very old almost forgotten fairy tales that she vaguely recalls having heard about from her elders I think Azar s attempt to incorporate them in her book is a nice way to breathe some new life into these forgotten legends Personal side story if you ve read the book you ll find this bit interesting my maternal family owns an old familyroperty an orchard with a house in it on top of a hill overlooking a village in the mountains of Mazandaran just like in the book Interestingly enough one of the villages down the hill is called Razan Even interestingly there are some stones at the end of the orchard that the elders in the family are convinced are the remains of an ancient Zoroastrian graveyard Also everyone in the village is convinced there are ancient treasures buried deep in neighboring hillsides Of course I am skeptical of the truth in any of these claims but it s interesting to observe the similarities between this El caso Demichellis: El nuevo clsico del suspense espaol que triunfa en Europa. place and the book it only goes to show how realistic Azar sortrayal of Mazandaran s remote villages legends and beliefs areThe book doesn t follow a strictly linear timeline and spends enough time to explore each of the main character s individual stories which is good There are some interesting twists too ghosts narrating side stories getting a whole chapter to suspend the main story etc The magical realism is alright but I have heard from fellow GR reviewers that it s an amateur imitation of One Hundred Years of Solitude and since I haven t read that one I refrain from further commenting on that The Alien Lord's Captive (Warriors of the Lathar Book 1) (English Edition) people who said that arerobably right thoughThen there s the socio Turned Into a Cherry and Popped Fembot Gender Swap Book 1 political content of the book The thing is it s not easy to write an honest and non exaggerated story about the causes and aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran People usually fall on one of the two extreme sides and both groups tend to distort the reality to fit their own agenda Group one believes life before the revolution was absolute hell and the revolution made the countryrosper That s a ridiculously false claim The second group likes to think life before 1979 was heaven on earth that the Shah regime had no Tafsir Al Misbah Pesan Kesan dan Keserasian Al uran Vol 1 problems and everyone was happy then for some abstract reason a revolution just happened and now life is absolute hell That s also a ridiculous claim Shokoofeh Azar is obviously a member of the second group The reason why this book is getting such hype is simply that it wasublished abroad so the author managed to write freely without censorship and attack the revolution not because of the literary merit of the book which it lacks seriouslyBefore the 1979 revolution systemic censorship and total violation of freedom of expression in the country had The Fingerboard Workbook paralyzed writers journalists and basically everyone leaving them unable toublish and create what they wanted That did not improve after the revolution the only thing that changed was the guideline on what content is considered banned or offensive Before the revolution no one could talk about socialism or criticize the Shah after the revolution it s forbidden to uestion Islamic values and the legitimacy of the regime Azar has Forensic Nursing published her book in Australia She s written freely attacking each and every single hegemonic dogma that exists inost revolution Iran She s ridiculed everything they hold holy she s touched on almost all unspeakable things that are childishly considered taboo While that s satisfying to read it s obvious that she doesn t have a solid knowledge of Iran s contemporary history and has written things that a Western audience loves to read about Iran The Devil Takes His Innocent The Fall of the Four Horsemen problem is you cannot judge what is exaggerated and what is not unless you ve lived in the country or have read extensively on its history She mentions book burnings brain washing rape mass executions etc which are allerfectly verifiable historic events But then one instance where her exaggeration is laughable is when a character goes to a shop in Tehran in 2010s resumably to buy illegal music CDs and then he gets arrested because he s wearing a necktie and he s sent to rison for five years because of the necktie and the CDs That s so ridiculous First of all no one buys CDs these days any when you can just download whatever you want off the internet with a VPN More importantly while Dr No James Bond 007 role playing game 35006 people do get arrested for no apparent reasons wearing a tie on the street is not one of them at least not since the immediate few years after the revolution Some other atrocities she describes areerfectly realistic Pour protger Chloe - Cohabitation force (Black Rose) possible or even certain to have happened I marticularly thankful that she s mentioned the mass executions of 1988 that were very real absolutely catastrophic and no one can talk about them Defining Twilight Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT ACT GED and SSAT publicly and safely in Iran but the way she s mixed real events with imaginary exaggerated one is soroblematic Her mixed up message makes it difficult for the non Iranian target audience or even Iranians with insufficient knowledge problematic Her mixed up message makes it difficult for the non Iranian target audience or even Iranians with insufficient knowledge recent history to judge what is real and what s not And that s the hardest thing for me *To Explain On A *explain on a Goodreads book review I m saying this as someone who is wholeheartedly opposed
"To And Disgusted By "and disgusted by current situation I ll make this clearer when I m in a safer The Arrangers of Marriage positionBut now here comes the huge flaw the most annoying flaw language writing and grammarBefore starting the book I read in some English GR reviews that the translation is lacking something That s not a translationroblem it s a writing Why Zebras Have Black and White Stripes Why Series problem I read the book in the original Persian and I m disappointed and even enraged to say that therose and I can t even call it that is flimsy wacky inconsistent flawed and downright abysmal for the most Giants Monsters and Dragons An Encyclopedia of Folklore Legend and Myth part There are even grammatical errors that I consider a huge red flag in anyublished Studying Ethnic Minority And Economically Disadvantaged Populations piece of writing let alone a book shortlisted for the Booker Prize There are commas inlaces you absolutely don t need a comma the definite direct object Fiebre de amor particle is missing in some cases where sentences get too long and there are some other syntax and grammar errors and editing inconsistencies that lowered my opinion of the book by many steps The otherroblem with writing is its tone Farsi Persian has many different registers of formality and if you mix them up in a text it becomes messy clumsy and cringe inducing Azar has failed to use them correctly She s used verbs that don t fit in with the tone of the rest of the sentence she s Seraphic Feather, tome 7 phrased her thoughts in a way that signals incompetency in writing or lack of mastery over the Farsi language Some of herhrases even feel translated word by word from English She is Aşkımız Eski Bir Roman particularly bad at dialogues Her characters speak in an unrealistic formal andseudo Eres un Cabrón de las Ventas: Rompiéndola en las Ventas Otorgando Valor a los Clientes (Spanish Edition) philosophical register that doesn t fit the scene or the tone It s not because of a decision to steer clear of collouialism in a few instances where unlikable and inferior characters talk she uses believable collouial language for them which only makes the rest of the so called elevated dialogues sound unrealistic No one no native Farsi speaker ever speaks the way Azar s characters do There are some interesting sentenceseeking through but they never last longer than two lines and she falls back into her amateur distasteful and incorrect writing The English translation has sedated and camouflaged some of the huge shortcomings of the writing which makes the reading experience slightly bearableMy final The Seeker The Host problem with the book is its internalized and subtle racism and manifestation ofroblematic ideas There are a few cases of fat shaming trying to depict a disgusting character the author insists that this woman is overweight fat 120kg at least 50kg overweight a few cases of slut shaming saying that some women who have become guards or missionaries used to be nothing than Отчаяние Otchayanie prostitutes with a humiliating tone many cases of racism androblematic ethnicism using the words ale and crystalline to describe beautiful eople and blackswartdark faced for inferior or ugly Tamara de Lempicka people anti Arab sentiments etc some cases of using rape metaphors where virginity is theurity and value that s being conuered elitism many usages of somewhat derogatory language and tone for villagers and rural eople in contrast with educated upper class eople from Tehran and some other things that I would rather not mention in the review right nowIt could have been a tolerably agreeable book if a it hadn t exaggerated and distorted so many things and b if it didn t have such abysmal messy writing. To the heart of a family caught in the maelstrom of ost revolutionary chaos and brutality that sweeps across an ancient land and its eop. ,
The she read old books such as The Darab Nama One Thousand and One Nights Khayyam s Nowruz Nama Hossein Kord Shabestari The Shahnama Eskandar Nama Malek Jamshid Jame al Olum Ajayeb Nama and Aja ib va Ghara ib the deeper she delved into the magnificent expanse of ocean that was the Iranian eople s real imaginary beliefs and became ever detached from the real day to day world To deny or forget her Big Mal The High Life and Hard Times of Malcolm Allison Football Legend past she read and wrote submerging herself in the meaning of mythThe Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree has been translated from the Faris original by Shokoofeh Azar and deservedly longlisted for the International Booker following its Stella Prize shortlisting in Australia The translator who does a superb job and worked closely with the author has chosen to remain anonymous likely due to one of the book s contentious setpieces The novel begins with an immediate sense of itsotent mixture of mysticism and horror Beeta says that Mom attained enlightenment at exactly 2 35 PM on August 18 1988 atop the grove s tallest greengage Hikmah ketulusan plum tree on a hill overlooking all fifty three village houses to the sound of the scrubbing ofots and She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement pans a ruckus thatulled the grove out of its lethargy every afternoon At that very moment blindfolded and hands tied behind his back Sohrab was hanged He was hanged without trial and unaware he would be buried en masse with hundreds of other Atomik Aztex politicalrisoners early the next morning in a long Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls pit in the deserts south of Tehran without any indication or marker lest a relative come years later and tap aebble on a headstone and murmur there is no god but God Our narrator is 13 year old Bahar Sohrab her brother and Beeta her sister and the novel revolves around the story of the three siblings and their Victoria The ueen An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire parents her mother Roza and father HushangThe story is set in Iran in the decade or so following the 1979 Islamic Revolution The family fled their family home in Tehran in the early days of the overthrow of the Shah s regime fleeing to a remoteart of the country But even there the tentacles of change and upheaval eventually reach them And yet as we laid the first stone for the house near the forest and that ancient fire temple on a hill overlooking Razan we couldn t have imagined how useless our flight had been given that just nine years later the road leading to the village would feel the weight of a car carrying a mullah and his bodyguards that then ascended the hill to the grove and arrived at our doorstepThe distinctive style of the novel blends the beauty of Iranian culture with the horrors of the Suddenly Expecting post revolution years Zoroastrian and Islamic religion Roza still regard the latter as an imposed religion following the 7th century Arab conuest of Persia and in literary terms Iranian storytelling with magic realism Inarticular we soon learn that our narrator is actually a ghost she died in a fire in the early days of the Islamic Revolution but one that interacts with and talks to her relativesAnd while there is a linear thread to the story it is told via episodic short tales and set World leaders 2003 pieces and with references often made to episodes in the collective memory of theast the fire of the First Soothsayer that haven t yet been explained to the reader So a typical introduction to an incident reads In the years of Mom s waiting in Razan and Dad s in Evin Prison and Darband on a foggy morning of an ordinary day when Mom had long since lost the fortitude and La nia perdida (Dos amigas 4) (BEST SELLER) physical strength to tend to the grove and keep the house free of creeping vines ants and lizards and the inhabitants of Razan had become used to war black snow and the absence of their sons and mothers and the whole story of the First Soothsayer Effat s black love and Razan s holy fire had become mere distant inconceivable memories the brazen sound of chainsaws aroused the villagers from their sleep once and for all Literature is as noted a key to the novel There is a wonderful extended setiece of which the below is only a fraction where the family s extensive library is burnt by zealots which acknowledges the novel s many influences above all One Hundred Years of Solitude I vividly remember how Danko s Burning Heart was engulfed in flames that then licked at Luce s skirt who desperately trying to Being Confident protect herself from the fire in theages of Romain Rolland s book held Pierre tightly to her breast I watched as the fire spread to the intertwined lovers Pierre and Natasha Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw Scarlett O Hara and Rhett Butler Elizabeth and Mr Darcy Abelard and Heloise Tristan and Isolde Salaman and Absal Vis and Ramin Vamegh and Azra Zohreh and Manuchehr Shirin and Farhad Leyli and Majnun Arthur and Gemma the Rose and the Little Prince before they had the chance to smell or kiss each other again or whisper I love you one last timeOh Remedios the beauty and her white bedsheets the fragile yellow wings of Mauricio Babilonia s butterflies merging with the flames burning and disappearing as if they had never existedIndeed one of the novel s tensions is between the temptation to retreat مفهوم السببية بين المتكلمين والفلاسفة بين الغزالي وابن رشد physically but also into mysticism and literature andhysically and the need to engage Hushang at one stage returns to Tehran to try to understand what is happening only to find that this brother Khosrow refers To Take Refuge In take refuge in seemingly abstract The next morning though Dad continued studying alone He still wanted to know how the Iranian culture and civilization with all its grandeur and creativity with its belief in good thoughts good words and good deeds had collapsed and reached such depths Uncle Khosrow on the other hand truly did not want to know anything He just wanted to float like an innocent being in a stream of cosmic consciousness and utter acceptance and occasionally appear in a library somewhere in the world to read a book But Khosrow argues that meditation may be the best ath to knowledge Most eople see the world As A Dangerous And Threatening a dangerous and threatening they have to arm themselves against fight with rotect themselves or run away from And for these eople the world truly becomes a menacing harmful aggressive creature But the world is something one needs a lifetime just to know And as the family read classic novels they indeed find Nausea showed us what complex olitical religious and hilosophical intermediaries the world has a world we wanted to comprehend directly The Metamorphosis showed two bereft girls that humankind today is not what classic literature had taught us We read The Unbearable Lightness of Being with such rapture that before we had realized what had happened night had fallen and Scenes from a Marriage made us cry over our naive belief in the urity of lovemaking Eventually Dad joined us too and together we explored Lovers Moderato Cantabile The House of Sleeping Beauties Ragtime The Tatar Steppe The Catcher in the Rye and The Remains of the Day then discussed them for days What happens with the family which the reader to an extent has to Human(kind) piece together defies conventional explanation At one stage Hushang by this time alone is arrested and interrogated but his confession leaves his captors bemused and angry The man yelled even louder You re just making stories up Your sister turned into a jinn and your daughter into a mermaid and before going into the sea she gave birth to fish and shells There was black snow and Zoroastrian ghostsrayed for you A ghost showed you a treasure map So in a Life of Pi esue explanation although in interviews the author here has been clear the magic realist story is the true one he offers a conventional account Instead he wrote that he had been completely opposed to the ستون پنجم political systemrior to his arrest that Beeta had lost her sanity and now believed she had been transformed into a mermaid and was in a Catherine de Medici Renaissance ueen of France psychiatric ward and that his wife Roza had Alzheimer s disease and had gone missingI ve only touched on some of the themes in a wonderful novelHighly recommended 5 stars The narrative voice is very likeable in this magic realist ghost story set inost revolution Iran but at least to this reader with zero background in Iranian culture the novel is often just too similar to the work of Gabriel Garc a M ruez not uite original enough for a One of Star Wars One of Doom prize like the International BookerHaving read M ruez s Chronicle of a Death Foretold only last month I would say that Azar does have a couple of strengths absent from thatarticular M ruez novel at least She references 100 Years of Solitude several times in The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree and I read that about 25 years ago The experiences of both male and female characters are recounted in detail and neither is just a Happy and You Know It prop to the other and I never thought the horrors of the regime or general living conditions were minimised by whimsy sexism or magic realism as I thought they seemed to be in Chronicle An early scene about the narrator s brother being tortured inrison indicated it wasn t going to shy away from thisThere is rather magic in The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree it has some lovely descriptions and the charm of children s stories in which motley bands of ghosts mingle and lead interesting lives in this world The Improvement of the Estate A Study of Jane Austen's Novels parallel to the living from Rentaghost to The Graveyard Book The narrator is the ghost of a 13 year old girl who died in aolitically motivated arson and who can still talk to her living family as well as to other ghosts At the same time it is clear that the atrocities and hopelessness of life in Iran for Very Nice people like the narrator s int. The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is an extraordinarilyowerful and evocative literary novel set in Iran in the eriod immediately. .