I could not resist to pick up both the covers of the book. 😛
There is something awesomely beautiful about both. Beauty that has some twinge. You know what I mean ?
I see the beautifully designed veranda where the girl is standing and the teapot work as metaphors. Beautiful yet some sadness associated with them.
The Synopsis from Amazon says
In the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, rare-gem dealer Isaac Amin is arrested, wrongly accused of being a spy. Terrified by his disappearance, his family must reconcile a new world of cruelty and chaos with the collapse of everything they have known.
As Isaac navigates the tedium and terrors of prison, forging tenuous trusts, his wife feverishly searches for him, suspecting, all the while, that their once-trusted housekeeper has turned on them and is now acting as an informer. And as his daughter, in a childlike attempt to stop the wave of baseless arrests, engages in illicit activities, his son, sent to New York before the rise of the Ayatollahs, struggles to find happiness even as he realizes that his family may soon be forced to embark on a journey of incalculable danger.
A page-turning literary debut, The Septembers of Shiraz simmers with questions of identity, alienation, and love, not simply for a spouse or a child, but for all the intangible sights and smells of the place we call home.
Some reviews say from page one it is found that it is not fun or easy read. Another reviewer gave this small example from the book which says a lot about the book.
a man is arrested and the novel explores how it affects him, his wife, son and daughter.
a few lines i think sums up the theme of the story:
“what an illusion, the idea of an ordered, ordinary life.”
“doesn’t every person who finds himself in dire circumstances believe, deep down, that he will make it”
“we must take the weeds out of the soil.”
“you have to dream, otherwise how can you get by.” ( Via Librarything.com )
Even though the plot looks interesting et al; I am not sure it will be easy read and for everyone. Unless and until exploring other cultures; lives of people in other countries; interest people ; the book will not be an interesting choice.
I might get back to pick it up some day who knows ? Right now I am finding covers more attracting.
Which covers are attracting you these days ?