2021 · Blog Tour · Book review

Book Review: The Immortals of Tehran by Ali Araghi @melvillehouse @ataraghi #BlogTour

It’s my stop on the blog tour for The Immortals of Tehran by Ali Araghi today which was published in paperback April 15th. I’d like to thank Nikki at Melville House for opportunity to join the blog tour.

About the book

The Torkashvand family reveres their seemingly immortal patriarch, Agha, the trunk of their widely branching, family tree. When we come to the story, Agha is so old that he spends his days sitting in the family orchard, drinking tea and telling stories to his great-great-great-great grandson Ahmad. Agha’s favourite story tells of a family curse that seems to shed light on the political turmoil roiling Iran and foretell Ahmad’s fated role in the country’s future. There is certainly something plaguing Ahmad’s family. At the age of ten Ahmad witnesses his father’s suicide and consequently loses his voice. But this is only the beginning of what will become another very long life: of many loves and losses, of evertangled family dramas, a doomed career in politics, and of incendiary poetry, all of which converge and catch fire at the centre of the Revolution.

My thoughts

The story starts off where Ahmad is 10 years old, he lives in a big house in the family orchard with his sister, parents and his grandfather Khan. It’s the day of his sisters wedding but it’s the day that Ahmads life is changed forever.

We follow Ahmad and his family through the years, being mute and not having had much of an education in his village when circumstances force them to move to Tehran, school is a particularly difficult place for Ahmad. He’s very intelligent but is bullied badly.

As we follow his journey we see him become a man, all the difficulties he faces makes him into a stronger person and I really enjoyed seeing him grow, becoming a man, a husband and father. Ahmad is a character that you can really take to your heart along with his family.

I can’t say I know much about Iran so this book was an education as well, it was an eye opener. From the the famine that tore through Iran during and after the war, people resorted to boiling hats to eat to the political history and revolution it was sad and disturbing but totally fascinating.

This story had me quite captivated and it certainly kept me on my toes, I found that one minute I was reading about Ahmad and the next I was reading about someone else to then be reading about the political events that were happening which may sound confusing but I took my time and it actually worked really well.

This story is like no other I have read before, it’s essentially a multi-generational family saga with history and turmoil but it also has the added bonus of magical realism and it all works so well, it doesn’t sound like it should but it does and had me totally enthralled.

So if you’re looking for a story that will captivate you, something a bit different then The Immortals of Tehran is one I will definitely recommend. With its historical background and a family you can totally invest in it’s a story that is very difficult to put down and one that will stay with me for a long, long time.

Make sure to catch up on the tour and see what everyone else is saying about The Immortals of Tehran.

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