Despite her lowly station, the young woman blossoms as a brilliant designer of carpets, a rarity in a craft dominated by men. But while her talent flourishes, her prospects for a happy marriage grow dim. Forced into a secret marriage to a wealthy man, the young woman finds herself faced with a daunting decision: forsake her own dignity, or risk everything she has in an effort to create a new life.
©2007 Anita Amirrezvani; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
"Sumptuous imagery and a modern sensibility...make this a winning debut." (Publishers Weekly)
The story itself is both lovely and ugly, and the narrator's voice is just the same.
I'm not exactly sure how to summarize or quantify this book; it's a glimpse into the life of a girl born in 17th century Iran, with all of the small joys and large pains that such a life entails.
It's a story of poverty, betrayal, and redemption, but it's not told in a traditional fairy-tale way, where the redemption equates to marrying a prince and living happily ever after. Bottom line; it's well worth a credit, especially if you have any interest at all Arab culture.
This could almost be titled Carpets, Carpets, Sucks to be a Poor Muslim Woman, and More Carpets. Not the most enthralling story, but an interesting look into another world. Disappointing support from her family. A portion of time focuses on her affair with her lover/husband. Tastefully presented, but could be explicit to some readers. The narrator definitely has a raspy voice which takes some getting used to.
This book propels you immediately into 700AD Iraqi. The sights, the smell, the people and the especially the colors of the carpets. This is a girl coming of age story, the girl is wise beyond her years; if not many centuries wiser. Through all the trials,tributions and humilations she endears, I saw my own story reflected, hungry, pain, hopelessness, but like the Pheonix, she (and I) rose above it all. This would be a great book club selection,
and I guess I am just tired of the mid east culture of women being nothing more than property, and virginity is the highest held esteem thing a woman can have. The book takes such a simple, first grade approach, and is slow.
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