Reviews Persian Dreams
A historic novel of love, Poetry, war and revolution
Genre: Historical Fiction
Title: Persian Dreams
Author: Maryam Tabibzadeh
Persian Dreams are the dreams of the women of Persia/Iran;dreams of freedom of choice, freedom to choose the man they wish to marry and freedom to become all that they can be.
Maryam Tabibzadeh is a born storyteller. She draws the reader into the story with magnificent detail, heart wrenching emotion and lifelike characters. Persian Dreams is the fascinating story of three generations.
First there is Talah, born in the late 1800’s, to a life where women had no rights. She manages to marry a man that she dearly loves in spite of the arranged marriages of the day however he dies leaving her desperate and alone.
Then Babak, Talah’s son, a man of the early 20th century, born in a country of change. However, can he have the woman he loves or will tradition and custom stand in the way of happiness?
Finally Nosha, the strong willed modern day daughter of Babak, who refuses to accept all that women are forced to suffer. Nosha listens to her Grandmother’s tales of the past and swears to live life her way.
Persian Dreams will enlighten readers to traditions and customs which may be unknown and misunderstood prior to reading this story. It is the hope of this reviewer that everyone that reads this book will have a more enlightened, compassionate
understanding for the plight of the women of Iran and surrounding countries. Women of the world have the same dreams, the same hopes and the same challenges. It is time to set aside our differences and unite to make this world a better place for our children and grandchildren.
Bravo, Maryam Tabibzadeh! This book is highly recommended as a most entertaining and illuminating novel
by Shirley Roe, Allbooks Review.
Reviewed by John Weaver PageOneLit.com
Persian Dreams by author and poet Maryam Tabibzadeh is a historical masterpiece of fiction that is a gripping and powerfully crafted story Persian Dreams by author and poet Maryam Tabibzadeh is a historical masterpiece of fiction that is a gripping and powerfully crafted story of three people whose lives and struggles propel them (and us) through one hundred years of history in a country of poverty, political conflict, and war. Persian Dreams is a competent and dynamic debut novel by Maryam Tabibzadeh who successfully weaves the stories of women in Iran in the early twentieth century who are trying to gain rights is a strict, controlled and conservative society. This story is a lesson and character study of Talah, a woman who devotes serious effort and energy into survival after the loss of Baback, her second husband. Talah: Born in the late nineteenth century to a well-to-do family, she must find a way to survive after the loss of her husband. Baback: In an era of great social change, Talah's first son struggles with his faith as he becomes involved in a heated love affair. Nosha: Strong and ambitious, the daughter of Baback refuses to accept the second-class citizenship that her country has traditionally forced upon females. In an interview the author says, "Like American 'Gone with the Wind' and Russian’s 'War and Peace'; Persian Dreams combines the sweetness of romance with the bitterness of revelation and war. This story is told from the unique perspective of a woman between lands. It shows the inward nature and inside perspectives of the people of Iran, specifically the women, leading up to and directly after the revolution of 1978. This perspective is unique because we usually get a picture of this from the outside, from the American or foreign point of view, but here we see the situation from the inside. The historic lesson is only further enhanced by the sweet romantic events of a family through three generations. Based on mostly autobiographical events, this novel is both sweetly nostalgic and simultaneous educational. It opens the door to the inner workings of Iranians and their history, even while giving us pretty images and poetry to dance on the frames of our minds. Its uniqueness lays in this duality. " Persian Dreams is a winning and successful voice of women and for women who need and want to be heard. This book's strength is visually powerful and will move every reader looking for a high standard of literary substance and into the minds and hearts of Persian Culture. The first line of the book states, "Let's travel, travel back in time and go back a century ago." Maryam Tabibzadeh was born In Darab, Pars in Persia (Iran) and has always been a source of pride and admiration due to her social progressiveness, her educational achievements in Iran as well as in the US, her professional accomplishments. Maryam has delivered a poetic and relevant story (with Persian Dreams) of adventure, romance and history as she says, "I could reach both the younger generation of Iranians in America, and Americans themselves to educate them somehow on where we have come from and what has led up to the current situation." " Persian Dreams is a passionate story is not only a worthy first read but one that the reader will want to 'go back' to again and again.