While held in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison, Azar gives birth to a baby girl whom she fears she cannot keep. Arash, a fellow revolutionary, makes his daughter a bracelet of date stones, knowing it will be all she has to remember him by. Leila has to choose between fleeing Iran with her lover or staying to care for the children of her imprisoned sisters. And Forugh must grow up in the shadow of her parent's deaths.
Courageous, heart-wrenching and beautifully written, Children of the Jacaranda Tree is a novel about family, sacrifice, and the search for a better world.
©2013 Sahar Delijani (P)2013 Brilliance Audio
There is so much to take in in terms of historical fact and emotional impact, it justifies a repeat listen.
It made me really sad. We don't realise how luck we are in the UK to be able to say what we want politically without fear. The impact on families, children and individuals of the revolution in Iran was traumatic. It's clear the scars will remain through many generations.
Apart from the emotional impact, the book is beautifully written with sensitive character depictions. It's also a very intersting and illuminating story. I had no idea how badly so many Iranians suffered.
Unengaging, waited forever for the story to develop but it just jumps from person to person with little to draw the reader to the characters. In the end you just want the story to end and it does, with no lasting thoughts or point being reached.
Yes, characters are possible to follow.
Not worth buying or listening to.
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