An interesting read but just too sad and depressing Don t get me wrong all books don t need happy endings but I need at least one small glimmer of happiness or at least hope that something good will happen Not so with this story of the women in a wealthy Jewish family in Iran in the early 20th century Rakhel is married to Asher but when she fails to conceive he takes his cousin s ex wife after a scandalous divorce as his 2nd wife She doesn t conceive either hmmm maybe the women aren t the roblem here so Asher destroys what little ride she has left and divorces her Rakhel then basically steals her sister in law and best friends son to raise as her own so that her husband will have a so that her husband will have a And of course no good comes of any of this It reminded me of Henna House so if you enjoyed that you might like this one too I think heartbreaking sums this one up retty well It s a beautifully written tale about a Jewish family in Iran But it is universal in that it addresses the A Long the Krommerun: Selected Papers from the Utrecht James Joyce Symposium plight of a barren woman and the effect it has on her family It s a very special read It goes back and forth in time which can be a little confusing but I think it is a successful mechanism for storytelling which is really what the book is The Girl From Garden is the debut masterpiece from Parnaz Faroutan and another one added to my favourite reads this year It is aowerful tale of desire obsession jealousy ower and vulnerability and ultimately the downfall of a wealthy Persian Jewish family set in the early twentieth centuryMahboubeh the only surviving daughter of the Malacouti family is an elderly woman who spends her time tending and talking to the lants in her garden Mahboubeh drifts in and out of the Scorch past reliving her memories as a young girl in Iran and it is through her that we hear about a young married couple who are unable toroduce an heir to ensure the continuation of the family line and we bear witness to the tragic events and destructive forces that destroyed the familyWhen Asher Malacouti s young wife fails to Labour Markets, Identities, Controversies produce an heir and his brother s new wife becomesregnant he decides on a course of action that will #have disastrous conseuences The disdain resentment that Asher displays toward his #disastrous conseuences The disdain and resentment that Asher toward his Rakhel will distort and shape her into a manipulative vindictive woman Rakhel will go to any extremes to maintain her status within the family including the use of spells and help of djinns in this highly superstitio. A suspenseful debut novel of desire obsession ower and vulnerability in which a crisis of inheritance leads to the downfall of a wealthy family of Persian Jews in early twentieth century IranFor all his wealth and success Asher Malacouti the head of a rosperous Jewish family living in the Iranian town of Kermanshah cannot have the one thing he desires above all a son His young wife Rakhel trapped in an oppressive marriage at a time when a woman's. .
Us spirit believing cultureIn a male dominated and strict boundary controlled environment the young women jostle with one another in a struggle to reach the most beneficial status within the unit sacrificing any chance of true friendship or bond and is where betrayal and manipulation are the unending driving forceThe Girl From The Garden is all the Women's Romantic Theatre and Drama: History, Agency, and Performativity poignant as life for young girls isretty much the same today as it was then Little or no alternative exists than to be married very young to roduce children and look after their husband and family often in oppressive and restrictive marriages as is the case #For RakhelThe Girl From The Garden Is #RakhelThe Girl From The Garden is beautifully written iece of literature Vividly depicting a world rich in detail with beautifully drawn characters who effortlessly come to life and lodge themselves into your mindI highly recommend The Girl from the Garden to anyone interested in learning about lives from a different time and culture and would generate lively discussion in book reading groups This is a first novel for writer Parnaz Foroutan and she knocks it out of the Water in Social Imagination: From Technological Optimism to Contemporary Environmentalism park A Jewish Iranian family s tragic history is told through the ancient eyes of Mahboubeh the sole surviving daughter who now lives in California This is not a happy story but one that is fraught with such sadness tragedy and loneliness that it leaves you aching at the end The saving grace is the beautifully detailed writing Parzazaints a Sagwitch: Shoshone Chieftain, Mormon Elder, 1822-1887 picture so clearly that you can almost smell and hear the goings on in the Malacouti family compound Her writing which is rich and her skill as a storyteller is what kept me turningage after age I don t know why but I had never considered what life must have been like for a Jewish family in early 20th century Iran A haunting story that will stay with you long after you have finished it With sumptuous rose evoking the lyricism of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam the author creates a vivid ortrayal of a culture where female children are considered a burden on the family and barren women are cursed Like a richly coloured Persian carpet family myth and traditions folklore and biblical imagery are woven into this tragic tale of sorrow sacrifice and aradise lost A tough read made bearable by the beautiful writing Reviewed for Whichbooknet A kalidescope of emotionsenvy jealousy sorrowall set in a wealthy Jewish families home it did take me a moment to get into the ebb and flow of the boo. Worth is measured by her fertility is made desperate by her failure to conceive and grows jealous and vindictiveRakhel's despair is compounded by the Molotov Mouths: Explosive New Writing pregnancy of her sister in law Khorsheed and by her husband's growing desire for Kokab his cousin's wife Frustrated by his own wife's inability to bear him an heir Asher makes a fateful choice that will shatter the household and drive Rakhel to dark extremes to save herself andreserve her status wi. K going back and forth between the recollections of Mahboubeh and what happened in the ast 35 For a successful #Jewish man in Iran not having a son is a terrible disgrace For Rakhel married #man in Iran not having a son is a terrible disgrace For Rakhel married Asher at twelve and married for three years without any sign of a child it is a catastrophe This story is narrated by the only remaining family member as a old woman now living in Los AnglesThis is a story about brothers who would do anything for each other about family and what it means in the Iranian culture I enjoyed reading about this culture in which I am so lacking in knowledge Women are treated so strictly so unforgivingly but even though it is very hard to like the very young Rachel at
times I did like that she didn t just accept things as theyI did like that she didn t just accept things as they but within the narrow frame allowed her she found a way to rosper A very heartrending story extremely well written though it does bounce back and forth in timeThe descriptions were wonderful the family story well told A very good story about a culture of which I am glad is very different from my own It s so hard to read about women who are treated as less than
#human for the sake of religious or cultural reasonsI found the transitions between the modern storyteller Mahboubeh and the ast #for the sake of religious or cultural reasonsI found the transitions between the modern storyteller Mahboubeh and the ast Rakhel a bit difficult to follow at first until I got used to it I m also not sure why it was framed that way since the daughter Mahboubed who is telling Rakhel s story isn t supposed to know everything that happened or what happened to her mother KhorsheedI understand it s Discovering Our Past California Edition: Medieval And Early Modern Times partially based on the author s own family history which gives the story dimension and an added layer of sadness Overally I m glad I read this one An interestingeak into the lives of Iranian Jews from generations In This Land: The Purple Book, Volume Four past a time when a woman s worth was measured by her ability to bear children The story is told in memories and flashbacks narrated by the only surviving daughter of arosperous family now an old woman living in Los Angeles The details and descriptions allowed me to step between the ages of the book and imagine what life was really like for a woman in that time and lace It s a story of tragedy despair betrayal and sacrifice I look forward to future books by this author The Girl from the Garden is a story of a wealthy Persian Jewish family living in Iran at the beginning of the 20th Century It s of an account of women s cultural light at that time Although these women were. Thin the familyWitnessed through the memories of the family's sole surviving daughter Mahboubeh now an elderly woman living in Los Angeles The Girl from the Garden unfolds the complex tragic history of the Malacouti family in a long lost Iran of generations ast Haunting suspenseful and inspired by events in the author's own family it is an evocative and Cybercrime and Digital Forensics: An Introduction poignant exploration of sacrifice betrayal and the indelible legacy of the families that forge.