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Summary

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

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Poignant, moving and revalatory.

Would you listen to Children of the Jacaranda Tree again? Why?

There is so much to take in in terms of historical fact and emotional impact, it justifies a repeat listen.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

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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.

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Not good

Would you try another book written by Sahar Delijani or narrated by Mozhan Marnò?

No,

What was most disappointing about Sahar Delijani’s story?

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.

Did Mozhan Marnò do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Yes, characters are possible to follow.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom, annoyance.

Any additional comments?

Not worth buying or listening to.