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Song of a Captive Bird

Song of a Captive Bird A spellbinding debut novel based on the life of the rebel poet Forugh Farrokzhad who defied Iranian society to find her voice and love inspiring generations of women to come Whether gossiping with h

  • Title: Song of a Captive Bird
  • Author: Jasmin Darznik
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • A spellbinding debut novel based on the life of the rebel poet Forugh Farrokzhad, who defied Iranian society to find her voice, and love inspiring generations of women to come.Whether gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother s walled garden, or sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over caf glace, Forugh Farrokzhad was always a rebel Thou A spellbinding debut novel based on the life of the rebel poet Forugh Farrokzhad, who defied Iranian society to find her voice, and love inspiring generations of women to come.Whether gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother s walled garden, or sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over caf glace, Forugh Farrokzhad was always a rebel Though Iran was Westernizing in the 1940s, during Forugh s childhood, most of the country still believed that women were not to be heard from Yet, at age eleven, young Forugh began writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father and a passion for words lodged deeply within her When she ended up in a suffocating marriage at sixteen, she ran away and fell into a passionate love affair which only increased her creative wingspan, leading her to seek freedom and independence Her poems were considered both scandalous and brilliant Forugh was at once a national treasure and the devil too She persevered, living by her own rules, at the cost of love, friendship, and eventually her own life, cut tragically short at the age of 32, amid the violent upheaval of the budding Iranian revolution In subsequent years, Forugh s poetry was banned, the presses that printed her work burned to the ground, and citizens forced to hide away their treasured collections of her verses To this day, Forugh Farrokhzad represents the birth of feminism in Iran, and Jas

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    1. Jasmin Darznik

      Jasmin Darznik is the author of the debut novel Song of a Captive Bird, a fictional account of Iran s trailblazing woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad, as well as the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter A Memoir of My Mother s Hidden Life Her books have been published or are forthcoming in sixteen countries.Jasmin received her MFA from Bennington College and PhD in English from Princeton She Jasmin Darznik is the author of the debut novel Song of a Captive Bird, a fictional account of Iran s trailblazing woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad, as well as the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter A Memoir of My Mother s Hidden Life Her books have been published or are forthcoming in sixteen countries.Jasmin received her MFA from Bennington College and PhD in English from Princeton She is a professor of English and creative writing at California College of the Arts and is now at work on a novel set in 1920s San Francisco

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    1. I won a copy of this book through one of my book groups I had NO IDEA how good this book would be This book is inspired by the life and poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad She was amazing She went against the grain of what an Iranian woman should be in those times She was a great poetis, feminist and activist Thank you to Retro Chapter Chics for getting me involved in this book And this is me a woman alone on the threshold of a cold season on the verge of understanding the earth s polluted exist I won a [...]


    2. Toward the end of last year I joined the moderator team of the group retro chapter chicks We take part in a variety of historical fiction and nonfiction history group reads and discussions, and are given an occasional opportunity to review advance reader copies One such book is Song of a Captive Bird, the debut novel by Jasmin Darznik, an Iranian American literature professor who resides in northern California Although this book is slotted as a group read in a few months, I was drawn to the p To [...]


    3. Audiobookrrated by Mozhan Marno 5 stars LOVED IT ABSOLUTELY MESMERIZING GORGEOUS PROSE BEAUTIFUL NOVEL Historical Fiction doesn t get much better this is a fascinating story about a powerhouse Iranian woman poet and filmmaker who died much too young Author Jasmin Darznik s impeccable research showsits clear the work she put into this novel History in Iran came alivere and after the revolution Poety literature history politics Philoso Audiobookrrated by Mozhan Marno 5 stars LOVED IT ABSOLUTELY ME [...]


    4. Iran in the mid 20th century was not a fun place to be a woman A girl s education stopped when she was fourteen A lack of virginal blood on a wedding night could send a bride into banishment And a girl was forbidden from being outside without a chaperone and it was frowned on for a married woman to be in public unattended Everything revolves around a woman s honor Mine was a country where they said a woman s nature is riddled with sin, where they claimed that women s voices had the power t Iran [...]


    5. 5 brilliant masterpiece stars to Song of a Captive Bird Happy Publication Week to Song of a Captive Bird available now The author of Song of a Captive Bird, Jasmin Darznik, is an Iranian American whose family fled Iran prior to the revolution Darznik is now a literature professor and spent years researching Forugh s life Everything about this book is immaculate The smooth writing, the on point characterization, the research it s all top shelf Iran in the 1950s and 60s came to l 5 brilliant maste [...]


    6. 4.5 stars.Forugh Farrokhzad, known simply as Forugh, died in Iran 50 years ago aged 32 Her poetry was banned in Iran in 1979 and her grave is a place of pilgrimage still At great personal cost, she broke down many barriers to pursue her art cultural, social and structural I had never heard of her and was attracted to the book mainly because I enjoy Middle Eastern writing I don t think I even realised that it was about a real person.Jasmin Darznik inhabits Forugh s life so convincingly that 4.5 s [...]


    7. 3.5 starsIn Song of a Captive Bird a beautiful and perfect title , author Jasmin Darznik is the voice for Iranian poet, Forugh Farrokhzad Forugh an influential poet of the 20th century was notorious for rebelling against cultural norms, especially in her work.Forugh s accomplishments come at the expense of her reputation and family life In her thirty two years she has been through so much pain all she wanted was to be loved for who she was Darznik captures that and uses her own words to 3 [...]


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