Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik

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Song of a Captive Bird Read Online Free - A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing poet Forugh Farrokhzhad, who defied Iranian society to find her voice and her destiny

“Remember the flight, for the bird is mortal.”—Forugh Farrokhzad

All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh is told that Iranian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel—gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother’s walled garden, venturing to the forbidden rooftop to roughhouse with her three brothers, writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father, and sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over café glacé. It’s during the summer of 1950 that Forugh’s passion for poetry really takes flight—and that tradition seeks to clip her wings.

Forced into a suffocating marriage, Forugh runs away and falls into an affair that fuels her desire to write and to achieve freedom and independence. Forugh’s poems are considered both scandalous and brilliant; she is heralded by some as a national treasure, vilified by others as a demon influenced by the West. She perseveres, finding love with a notorious filmmaker and living by her own rules—at enormous cost. But the power of her writing grows only stronger amid the upheaval of the Iranian revolution.

Inspired by Forugh Farrokhzad’s verse, letters, films, and interviews—and including original translations of her poems—Jasmin Darznik has written a haunting novel, using the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and conflicting desires of a brave woman who represents the birth of feminism in Iran—and who continues to inspire generations of women around the world.

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ISBN : 0399182314
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Brina rated it ★★★★☆

February 20, 2018

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 Captiv...

Elyse rated it ★★★★★

February 19, 2018

Audiobook....narrated 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...

Liz rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2018

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 wom...

Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader rated it ★★★★★

February 14, 2018

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 an...

Nikki rated it ★★★☆☆

January 15, 2018

3.5 stars In 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 a...

Fiona rated it ★★★★☆

December 16, 2017

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 o...

Colleen rated it ★★★★☆

December 01, 2017

4 Stars ARC provided by Ballatine Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This review contains minor spoilers concerning differences between known facts and fiction. Song of a Captive Bird caught my eye on Netgalley. I normally avoid fictionalized accounts of real people. It's a person...

Simone rated it ★★★★★

February 12, 2018

I absolutely adored this book and even though it’s 416 pages, I finished it in a day and a half. The story follows loosely the real life of an Iranian poet named Forough Farrokhzad. She was a rebel in a world where women weren’t allowed to be rebellious. She was the embodiment of liberal thought...

Guy rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2018

I recall in 1979 the first time I had heard of the country called Iran. From that first day I heard the words spoken, it would be many consecutive days that I would hear phrases that shaped my small understanding – The Hostage Crisis, The Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini. There were images that c...

Jill rated it ★★★★★

October 05, 2017

An incredibly thoughtful, artistic, and well-documented book about the life of the famed Iranian poet, Farugh Farrokzad, by an Iranian-American author who still has roots in Iran. Farugh's poems live on today despite their banishment in Iran, and Farugh's notorious reputation. I could not put thi...

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