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The Stationery Shop: A Novel

The Stationery Shop: A Novel

Escrito por Marjan Kamali

Narrado por Mozhan Marnò


The Stationery Shop: A Novel

Escrito por Marjan Kamali

Narrado por Mozhan Marnò

valoraciones:
4.5/5 (507 valoraciones)
Longitud:
9 horas
Publicado:
Jun 18, 2019
ISBN:
9781508286578
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción

From the award-winning author of Together Tea—a debut novel hailed as "compassionate, funny, and wise" by Jill Davis, bestselling author of Girls' Poker Night—comes a powerful love story exploring loss, reconciliation, and the quirks of fate.

Roya is a dreamy, idealistic teenager living in 1953 Tehran who, amidst the political upheaval of the time, finds a literary oasis in kindly Mr. Fakhri's neighborhood book and stationery shop. She always feels safe in his dusty store, overflowing with fountain pens, shiny ink bottles, and thick pads of soft writing paper.

When Mr. Fakhri, with a keen instinct for a budding romance, introduces Roya to his other favorite customer—handsome Bahman, who has a burning passion for justice and a love for Rumi's poetry—she loses her heart at once. And, as their romance blossoms, the modest little stationery shop remains their favorite place in all of Tehran.

A few short months later, on the eve of their marriage, Roya agrees to meet Bahman at the town square, but suddenly, violence erupts—a result of the coup d'etat that forever changes their country's future. In the chaos, Bahman never shows. For weeks, Roya tries desperately to contact him, but her efforts are fruitless. With a sorrowful heart, she resigns herself to never seeing him again.

Until, more than sixty years later, an accident of fate leads her back to Bahman and offers her a chance to ask him the questions that have haunted her for more than half a century: Why did he leave? Where did he go? How was he able to forget her?

The Stationery Shop is a beautiful and timely exploration of devastating loss, unbreakable family bonds, and the overwhelming power of love.

Publicado:
Jun 18, 2019
ISBN:
9781508286578
Formato:
Audiolibro


Sobre el autor

Marjan Kamali has an MFA in creative writing from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University. Her work has been a top finalist in Glimmer Train's Fiction Open and the Asian American Short Story Contest. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and their two children.

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  • (5/5)
    What a beautiful poignant story of love, loss, and love regained! It is beautifully written and narrated. It is also a wonderful introduction to Persian culture and a slice of Iranian history.
  • (5/5)
    Mesmerizing and breathtaking. ‘It is love from which we can never recover.’
  • (5/5)
    A beautifully told novel with vivid imagery. It’s best digested slowly; in fact I found myself wanting to revisit certain chapters not because I didn’t understand it but because it was so beautifully written and narrated, I wanted to relive the feelings it gave me. I wouldn’t read it again but it’s been a great book nonetheless and I’d recommend it.
  • (5/5)
    I'm not sure if I should love Marjan Kamali or hate her for making me feel so deeply. My heart ached and it danced I hurt for these characters and I cheered them on! I wept years of sorrow and tears of joy! What a wonderful book. I recommend completely!
  • (5/5)
    It is very sad and hear broken story ever I read
  • (5/5)
    This book filled my heart with love and then broke it into a million pieces. The audiobook was so well read, it was a huge pleasure to listen to.
  • (3/5)
    Transports us to another time, in another place. Refreshing to be encased in a different culture and mannerisms.
  • (5/5)
    This is a beautiful story, well told, of star crossed lovers. They do not live in England or in Verona. They live in Tehran and in Boston. They do not die as teenagers, they live into old age. And in the end, it is a beautiful story...well told.
  • (5/5)
    I started listening to this book which has to do with people from Iran before the political situation there became tense when Iran shot down a passenger jet taking off from Tehran airport. I found the book to be the perfect way to learn about Iranian history from 1953 onwards. It is also a love story. Read it for the romance if you want but you will undoubtedly consider the political background as you go.A young Iranian girl, Roya, visits Mr. Fakhri's stationery shop at least once a week on her way home from school. The shop carries books as well as stationery items and Roya loves to read. She particularly likes poetry by the Persian poet Rumi but she also broadens her horizons by reading foreign books translated into Farsi. One day in 1953 when she is in the shop a handsome young man comes into the shop and Mr. Fakhri introduces Roya to Bahman. They discover they both love Rumi's poetry and their romance blossoms. Bahman's mother is not happy about this relationship as Roya is from a poorer neighbourhood and her father is a clerk whereas Bahman's father is an engineer. Bahman has had another girl picked out for him almost from birth but Bahman defies his mother and asks Roya to marry him. They have an engagement party and plan to marry very shortly. Then political tensions explode as the Shah tries (and eventually succeeds) to oust the reformist Prime Minister. Roya waits for hours in a square for Bahman to show up as he had asked her in a letter delivered through Mr. Fakhri's shop; Mr. Fakhri himself finds her in the square but just as he is trying to tell her something he is shot by the Shah's militia. Roya never sees Bahman but some days later does get a letter from him breaking off the engagement. Roya is devastated when she hears that Bahman has married the woman his mother picked out for him; her parents decide that she and her sister should be sent to the USA to attend college as they can get a scholarship from a school in California. Roya and her sister never return to Iran and they both marry and have children with American husbands. Roya does talk to one of Bahman's friends once a year and so learns something of his life but that friend is killed in the Iran/Iraq war cutting off her source of information. Although Roya was trained in chemistry she cannot find a job in that field but she does end up working in the office of the Harvard Medical School. She does think of Bahman but has a happy life with her American husband until fate throws a twist that brings back all those memories again.I might have felt differently about this book if I had read it at a time when Iran was not constantly in the news but at this time it really helped me think about the turmoils people in Iran have lived through for almost 70 years.
  • (5/5)
    The characters are well rounded and the story line interesting. I also enjoyed learning about the culture and history of iran. Very pleasant reading too
  • (1/5)
    Did not enjoy. Main character was frustratingly melodramatic. Because of excessive pining, characters were always mopey. The ending was unnecessarily dragged out. Plot was also frustrating and belongs in a made-for-TV script. Ugh.
  • (4/5)
    Enjoyed learning about the Iranian culture and political struggles in the 50’s - 70’s while a love story unfolded.
  • (5/5)
    Wow! This book took me by surprise! I didn't know what i was getting myself into! But i'm i glad i did!! The emotion, the love, the culture, the politics! Everything is mixed up will! And so powerfully written! It feels so reeeal ! And i felt every tear, laughter, and smile.. love it!
  • (5/5)
    This was a beautifully written book. I simply could not put it down.
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely adored this book. The Depthnesss. The situations. The Meaningfulness. All that I've never read in a single book. We portray love as a happyfeeling but it's not always that and this book just opened my heart to new emotions and perspectives. ✨??
  • (5/5)
    One of the most beautiful love stories, unusual, written carefully. Its very hard work?
    Love it
  • (5/5)
    What an amazing layered Love story! History and love. Perfect.
  • (4/5)
    I really liked this book. Think I would’ve liked it even more if I’d read it instead of listened to it. Check out Emily25626 on goodreads for my full review.
  • (5/5)
    The Stationary Shop by Marjan Kamari

    (scribd audiobook loan) This book starts off in 1953 Iran with two young lovers meeting in a stationary shop: Roya (a girl who loves poetry) and Bahram (the boy who would change the world). However they are not meant to be together and we follow their individual lives until their reuniting briefly in their 70s.
    The book references the civil unrest in Iran during this time enough to set the backdrop but not enough to fully understand what exactly what was happening. Which leads me to reading more online about the political issues at the time.
    It was an interesting book but at times the pace was confusing. The author does tie everything together at the end but it’s not a book I would feel you could follow without listening carefully.
  • (4/5)
    Captivating. You could feel the joy and the pain of living throughout story.
  • (5/5)
    Love story intertwined with politics in Iran in the 50’s. Awesome book!
  • (5/5)
    Nice story line. Felt like i could connect with the reader’s feelings.
  • (5/5)
    Love this book it was very emotional for me how can a mother be so cruel
  • (5/5)
    The Stationery Shop is a beautiful novel. It is the story of the Iranian culture and expectations, a story of a specific time period in history and a story of forbidden loves.The story begins in Teheran in 1953. This is an important time in Iranian history and can be tied to the Iran-US troubles today. Prime Minister Mossadegh was pro-democracy and supported by many young people (as well as the two main characters in the novel). The Shah of Iran, a monarchist, was supported by the wealthy, oil companies and the British and Americans. The coup in 1953 ousts the prime minister, puts the shah in power and eventually leads to the revolution nearly 30 years later.Against this backdrop is a young couple in love. Although Bahman was promised as a youth to another in an arranged marriage typical of the culture their romance is supported by many. But it is not supported by all.The novel looks closest at Roya and her life in the United States. She is educated, married, experiences grief, joy, and love.Enjoy the beautiful story but also imagine the food. The rices, stews, vegetables are prepared in the Iranian style that is similar to the foods my grandmother made. I can almost smell the aroma and taste the well-prepared food.
  • (5/5)

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    A beautiful story of young love that never dies.

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  • (4/5)

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    I learned a lot about the customs, culture and history of Iran through the lives of the young lovers. It made for easier reading than a straight historical account of events.

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  • (5/5)

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    This was such an eye-opening story for me. Not only did I learn about the upheaval and political unrest in Iran in the 1950s, but it was a glimpse into the culture and daily life in Tehran. One of the main characters in this beautiful story is a woman named Roya who immigrates to the US to go to college. Just the description of how difficult it is to live in another country without family, study in another language, and try to navigate the cultural gap between the US and Iran, gave me an appreciation of what an accomplishment it is to be a foreign student in the US. Beautifully written story!

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  • (5/5)

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    This book.
    Just wow.
    This was such an emotional roller coaster to get through and I definitely shed tears throughout. I can only be thankful my copy is digital and the pages couldn't be ruined, as I can promise they would be with how much I cried.
    I felt so fully immersed and once I started reading, I couldn't stop. I read this in one highly emotional sitting and connected deeply with Roya and her struggles. When she moves so far from home, I thought of my own journey in the name of education. When I learned of both Roya and Badri's experiences as mothers, I thought of the lost babies of those I love and also the ones who lived, who are growing and changing the world, even if it's just my world right now. This is the first time in a long-time I've been so moved by a book and I almost wish I had never read it, if only so I could experience it for the first time once more.

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  • (5/5)

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    Heartbreakingly beautiful. What a great love story! I wish the book were longer.

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  • (5/5)

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    Not a light book or beach read, but truly enlightening and compassionate with fully realized characters. Loved it and learned much from it.

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