A cinematic debut about an Iranian family and their fruit orchard, caught up in the Revolution of 1979The year is 1979. The Islamic Revolution is just around the corner, as is a massive solar eclipse. In this epic novel set in the small Iranian city of Naishapur, a retired judge and his wife, Bibi, grow apples, plums, peaches, and sour cherries, as well as manage several gen...
|Title||:||To Keep the Sun Alive|
|Number of Pages||:||176 pages|
To Keep the Sun Alive Reviews
I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari’s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen to what they have to say. The people who come to the orchard offer you enchantment. There is delicious food, humor and fantastic flights of the imagination. This author writes with fervor and conviction. Even if you ...more
I really liked this book. The story takes place in 1979 when the Iranian Revolution is just around the corner. It is about an extended family who have a comfortable living from their orchard and lands. Akbar now owns the orchard. His brother Habib is a bitter man and mullah who uses his position to fuel the revolution. bib is Akbars wife and a very good woman. Madjid is a nephew who is in love with Nasreen. The young couple have dreams of a life away from the orchard. However, the revolution int ...more
A lovely and intimate novel about a family and their inner circle at the beginning of the Iranian revolution. You get to know these characters so well, but the book almost feels like a fable or an allegory. (In that way it reminds me a little of EXIT WEST, another book where we see a larger picture through a close view of a few people that almost feels unreal.) You get a slice of life and society through the varied characters, and I particularly enjoyed it on audio with the author's delicate voi ...more
A wonderful surprise of a novel, with vivid characters and a tense, tight-knit plot. Set in Iran as religious fundamentalism begins to change the country, brothers are set against brothers as each tries to defend his own beliefs. The backdrop of the tension is a fruit orchard belonging to one brother, a former judge, visited by his cleric brother, and beloved by his nephews, one a student and the other a recovering opium addict turned fundamentalist. Beautiful and searing.
Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others.