Saturday, July 6, 2013

Children Of The Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani

5 Star

Neda is born in Tehran’s Evin Prison, where her mother is allowed to nurse her for a few months before the arms of a guard appear at the cell door one day and, simply, take her away. In another part of the city, three-year-old Omid witnesses the arrests of his political activist parents from his perch at their kitchen table, yogurt dripping from his fingertips. More than twenty years after the violent, bloody purge that took place inside Tehran’s prisons, Sheida learns that her father was one of those executed, that the silent void firmly planted between her and her mother all these years was not just the sad loss that comes with death, but the anguish and the horror of murder.

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Children Of The Jacaranda Tree is gorgeously written. An evocative story with a strong voice of a nation throughout, this book taught me a lot about things I had previously no knowledge of. I am happy to know that this novel is based on Delijani's personal experiences since it sets this story based on reality. It is hard to imagine how people suffer and survive such terrible times though and I find it important to tell such tales so they are not forgotten and hopefully not repeated.

The story weaves together many characters experiences, their suffering and resiliency and covers a span of about thirty years, so you really get to hear the story of the Persian people. The story accurately portrays an element that I find quite rare in many novels. The author is quite adept at describing the repercussions over the years of the things that have happened to the characters. It gives us a larger sense of how lives can be affected which I find a refreshing point of view to be included.

Children Of The Jacaranda Tree is vivid, engaging and very moving. I would recommend this to anyone who likes current events, historical fiction and a good true to life read.

Thank you to Atria for our review copy. All opinions are our own. 

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