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The Blood of Flowers - Anita Amirrezvani, Shohreh Aghdashloo
The Blood of Flowers
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At the age of fourteen, a young woman in 17th-century Persia believes she will be married within the year. But when her beloved father dies, collapsing in the field where he works with the other men from their village, there is no hope for a dowry. Alone and penniless, she and her grieving mother... show more
At the age of fourteen, a young woman in 17th-century Persia believes she will be married within the year. But when her beloved father dies, collapsing in the field where he works with the other men from their village, there is no hope for a dowry. Alone and penniless, she and her grieving mother are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven,meant, of course, for her married life, to pay for their journey to Isfahan. There they will work as servants for her uncle Gostaham, a rich rug designer in the court of the Shah, and be lorded over by Gostaham's wife. Despite her lowly station, the young woman blossoms as a brilliant weaver of carpets, a rarity in a craft dominated by men. But while her artistic gift flourishes, her prospects for a happy marriage grow dim. Forced into a secret marriage with a man who will never take her as his first wife, the young woman is faced with a daunting decision: forsake her own dignity, or risk everything she has in an effort to maintain it. Amirrezvani infuses her story with lush detail, brilliantly bringing to life the sights sounds and life of 17th-century Isfahan: The dazzling architecture; the exotic Persian foods; the breathtakingly beautiful rugs. A sweeping love story, a powerful coming-of-age story, and a luminous portrait of a city, this is a universal tale of one woman's struggle to live a life of her choosing.
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Format: audiobook
ISBN: 9781594839122 (1594839123)
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Minutes: 384
Edition language: English
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Bambbles Rambles
Bambbles Rambles rated it
4.0 Just Finished Reactions: The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
What I liked most about this book were the myth-like stories interwoven within the prose. A well researched look into the live of a girl's journey to adulthood in the 17th century. I loved any scene when she was making a rug, her true passion which is withheld from her due to her gender. Through man...
Telynor's Library, and then some
Telynor's Library, and then some rated it
3.0
A moderately good, but not great, historical novel set in 17th century Persia. The narrator (who is never named) is just fifteen when the story starts, her hands clever at making rugs, and struggling to learn how to dye and design them. But when her father dies, she goes to the city of Isfahan with ...
snoylna
snoylna rated it
2.0 The Blood of Flowers: A Novel
Lazily-written prose; one-dimensional characters. This was a huge disappointment.
Caffeine Reviews
Caffeine Reviews rated it
4.0
I believe this maybe the first novel I've ever read where the protagonist is not given a name, at the end of the audio book was an interview with the author and she explains why she did it and I totally agree with her reasoning.Our story follows a young girl born in 17th century Persia (Iran) who's ...
lisa's reviews
lisa's reviews rated it
3.0
A beautiful book that explained a lot about Middle Eastern culture to me.
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