Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani
288 pages, Hardcover
Published June 2013, Atria Books
Source: ARC for review from publisher
This was a hard book to read so close to having finished Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns more because of the similarities in the subject matter rather than the differences in style.
I did have to take a break between the two. Children of the Jacaranda Tree is definitely not a light or light hearted read. It has some happy hopeful parts but still it is a very sad look at the troubles in Iran over many generations.
The trials and troubles of the people in Iran and Afghanistan should not be forgotten here in the US. It is ongoing and reading novels like this helps us to remember. It is easy to forget and we shouldn't.
The book itself, is beautifully written. It reads almost like poetry in parts because of the flow from one place to another, almost stream of conscious. It did make for some confusion at times. New characters sometimes got mistaken for previously introduced ones, and previously introduced ones were sometimes not recognized when their stories were being followed again. I would have liked to have followed one character from the beginning of their story to the very end with out skipping around in time and to different people.
I did still really enjoy it, and feel Delijani's writing is quite good. A brilliant first novel, in my opinion. I look forward to what is next.
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