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Solacers Finalist Best Nonfiction Stanford University Libraries William Saroyan International Prize for Writing Solacers tells the touching story of a year old child s search for family life and safety follo

  • Title: Solacers
  • Author: Arion Golmakani
  • ISBN: 9780615445267
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • Finalist Best Nonfiction Stanford University Libraries William Saroyan International Prize for Writing Solacers tells the touching story of a 5 year old child s search for family life and safety following the divorce of his parents in Iran during the 1960 s The first child of a heartless father and a discarded mother is left to fend for himself on the streets of Mashhad,Finalist Best Nonfiction Stanford University Libraries William Saroyan International Prize for Writing Solacers tells the touching story of a 5 year old child s search for family life and safety following the divorce of his parents in Iran during the 1960 s The first child of a heartless father and a discarded mother is left to fend for himself on the streets of Mashhad, seeking food and shelter wherever he can His lonely early years are an unbelievable tale of cruelty and betrayal on the part of nearly everyone who might be expected to help, save for one aunt who does her best to keep him from starving.But living a harsh and solitary existence has one advantage for this little boy other than forcing him to be self reliant, no one attempts to indoctrinate him on rural Iranian society s archaic cultural values and religious beliefs And so he never accepts his wretched state as fate, choosing instead to dream big dreams about getting an education, having his own family, and starting a new life possibly in the faraway land called America He makes a plan and by the age of 17 he boards a plane to the land of possibilities, where his dreams eventually also take flight.

    Solace Definition of Solace by Merriam Webster Take Solace in This Word Origin Noun Solace was borrowed into English in the th century via Anglo French from Latin solacium, which in turn derives from the Latin verb solari, meaning to console As you may have guessed, solari is also the source of the English words console and consolation formed by combination with the prefix com.In addition to the noun function, solace Solace Define Solace at Dictionary something that gives comfort, consolation, or relief The minister s visit was the dying man s only solace. Five Sons and a Muri of Rice The story of a five year Five Sons and a Muri of Rice The story of a five year old bride in rural Nepal Kindle edition by Sharyn Steel, Zoe Dryden Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Five Sons and a Muri of Rice The story of a five year old bride in rural Nepal. Five Sons and a Muri of Rice The Story of a Five Year Five Sons and a Muri of Rice The Story of a Five Year Old Bride in Rural Nepal Sharyn Steel, Zoe Dryden on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Determined to shelter my baby from Ketu s anger, I carried her down to the temple I placed her on the temple forecourt Kneeling behind her Words that start with S Words starting with S A list of words that start with S words with the prefix S We search a large scrabble dictionary for scrabble words starting with s we take the letter or word you enter, and generate all words starting with S.In addition there is a list of Words that end with s, words that Mashhad Mashhad Persian , Ma had m hd , also spelled Mashad or Meshad, is the second most populous city in Iran and the capital of Razavi Khorasan Province.It is located in the northeast of the country, near the borders with Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.It has a population of ,, inhabitants census , which includes the areas of Mashhad Taman and Torqabeh.

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    About "Arion Golmakani"

      • Arion Golmakani

        Arion is an American author of Iranian origins He was educated at College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati Arion s first book Solacers was 2012 Best nonfiction finalist Stanford University Libraries William Saroyan International Prize for Writting Solacers was translated into Persian and German in 2015


    1. Living in a quiet corner of Canada, I seek books that move me and take me on journey to places different than my own. I look for inspiring stories from remote corners and cultures of the world. Books that help me become a better human, like this one or the ones written about the life of Gandhi. I borrowed this book from a friend who had won it at and was hooked from the very first page. A beautifully written human tail with perfection in the voice of the forgotten little boy. A must read.

    2. After reading Solacers, the reader will come away with the realization and validation for the justification in believing in a better tomorrow; this appears to be a recurring theme throughout the memoir. From the very opening pages, I found myself captivated by the ensuing narrative of Golmakani’s extremely hard and difficult existence in the back villages of Iran. Every page afforded me the opportunity to witness the author’s trials and tribulations—from the opening page to the last. So en [...]

    3. This book was won in the GoodReads First Read contest. This book is based on the author's childhood in Iran. This book is from the 1950's through the 1970's. This book is heart-wrenching. Reading about how a mother and child can not be together. How a child is forgotten and disregarded. It is about being lost, having not hope and then it turns out that this child makes sure he finds his own way. This book makes the reader want to cry with frustration or cry about the lost childhood. But this boo [...]

    4. I won this book and really enjoyed reading it. I felt such sympathy for the author, who struggled as an unwanted child in Iran. I found myself cheering for him and hoping someone would reach out to this poor, defenseless child and provide him with the basic necessities and, even more importantly, the love for which he so desperately yearned. Thank you for sharing your story!

    5. You are a very brave man!! You have lead such an interesting life, full of hardships and yet you overcame everything and were able to achieve your goals. Your story really made me think about all the children out there who don't have families or permanent residences. I Loved that you acknowledged everyone who helped you. Your book was very well written.

    6. Solacers a memoir by Arion GolmakamiI really loved this book! Golmakami voice brings a captivating depth to his early life’s journey.It is written with courage, honesty, love, and hope. The boy’s life story is unnervingly entrancing and depressing while also being dramatically fascinating due to his resolve to keep on keeping on. This memoir tells the story of an Iranian boy who becomes an abandoned child as a preschooler.This makes him an orphan. It is complicated because both of his parent [...]

    7. I just finished reading Solacers and must say how moved I was. The story brought tears to my eyes countless times. I was completely amazed that an individual can triumph as a man after such a neglected, lost, and abusive childhood. Albeit sad, the story is filled with hope. A must read.I am buying a copy for a young man struggling with his past. This book can certainly help him focus on his future, believe in himself and become who he wants to be regardless of what is behind him. Thank you Arion [...]

    8. "Solacers" is a big look into a largely unknown culture from the point of view of one of the unprivileged inside it. I was touched by the matter of fact way in which the story was told, not only because of the bad times our young protagonist goes through, but also because of the way in which he decides to thank every single person that helped him along the way.The writing itself would have benefited from a more exhaustive editing work. Even though the language is very good, the long sentences an [...]

    9. I found this book pretty intense. The plight of the poor author as an unwanted child of divorced parents forced to try to survive on the streets of Iran was compelling. I couldn't believe how much optimism he had throughout all the amazing hardships he had to contend with. I read the book straight through with barely a break. The author's narrative style jumped around a bit and was repetitive at times, but this didn't really detract much from the story itself. It was a worthwhile read.

    10. An interesting glimpse into life in Iran during the late 1950-1970s. This is the true story of a little boy caught in the tug of war of divorced parents in a country that doesn't have the same family court system that we. A very shocking and hard story to read at times. I really grew to love this little boy quickly. The strength of the human spirit really is remarkable! Maybe not the most well written memoir but certainly a good read!

    11. A very enthralling read of the author's life growing up in Iran. There were times that I felt like I was almost there with was happening, and other times that I just wanted to read more of what was going on :)Thank you for having this in the first-reads giveaway program also and giving me a chance to win and review this copy. Thank you Arion! :)

    12. خوندمش، لذت بردم، بعضی جاهاش چند قطره اشک ریختم، بعضی جاهاش شاد شدم خندیدم خوشحال شدم، بعضی جاهاش هیجانزده شدم، بعضی جاهاش باورم نشد،. در پایانش منم امیدوار شدم به جهانی که "من" و "تو" "ما" بشوند

    13. If you loved The Glass Castle or Angela's Ashes then this is the book you've longed for! I cried, laughed, prayed and cheered on Arion Golmakani from the first page. He had an incredible story to tell and his grace, forgiveness, and acceptance of his life and others is truly to be admired!!!

    14. Arion Golmakani’s memoir, Solacers, is the story of his often grueling and always challenging childhood in pre-revolutionary Iran. It will grip you from the first page, as a little boy is taken away from his mother, yet again, with her permission. If you’re a little boy in Iran in the early sixties—unwanted by your family, passed from one foster home to another—where do you go, what do you do, and where do you find solace?You might expect this to be a depressing tale, and that this young [...]

    15. Solacers This story was absorbing as we trace the desperate plight of a young Iranian boy whom neither parent would support. His wretched early circumstances were followed through many vicissitudes to a successful life as a business owner in America.

    16. AwesomeMy friends and I read this book will to everyone and their families and mine a great time because we took turns like I read a page and lilly and Owen take turns to reading together

    17. Phenomenal - tough, at times cruel, and yet so beautiful. I rarely cried so much, less about the tragedies than about the love and optimism that kept him going. Life is good after all.

    18. I can never figure out how to write a review without being a spoiler. True, this book pulled me though to the end. True, it tugged at my heart strings. Also true that I had some problems with the connecting, then disconnecting of some of the main characters in this book. I found some behaviors just so bad. But it is another culture, and it did help me understand that.

    19. A beautiful read. I liked that it didn't offer any "solution" or justification for the characters' behaviour. Everybody is fallible and weak, and there is nothing much to do about that. A sad read, but leaves you wonder.

    20. It is disheartening that a the people of a culture which preaches family, faith, and honor could turn the other way when one of their own is in need. Kudo's to Mr. Golmakani for proving them all wrong. Great read.

    21. Wow, this was a very enlightening book…a child who succeeds against so many odds. A truly good human being who is able to look at people with continued love for them within his heart. It was very hard for me to not be angry to the point of thinking of individuals as heartless while he looked more at their kindnesses. For instance, there was one women who when she was around housed and feed him. However, she did not make arrangements for him and locked up her home and left town leaving him to f [...]

    22. It is hard to express how angry and frustrated this book made me feel. Naturally my full empathy was with our long suffering hero but what I constantly struggled with was a sense of incredulity over gaps & missing facts. Little things like how the cost of an academic year (which he could not afford to pay was only twice the cost of a bus pass to Tehran which he did manage to get his Aint to pay for!)Arion admits the book was not edited (due to additional cost) and I think his story suffers f [...]

    23. In 1960s staunchly patriarchal Iran, there is only one thing worse than having a dead father, having an alive father who refuses to support you. At the tender age of 5, after his mother remarries and gives birth to his stepfather's first child, young Alireza is expelled from his mother's home and given over to an abusive father who does not want him, for the simple reason that his father refuses to pay Child Support. What follows are 12 years of bouncing between foster families and mostly unsymp [...]

    24. A friend suggested I read this book but I cannot say I enjoyed it. It was terribly sad and at times heartbreaking to read of the author's childhood in Iran during the 1960s. He was abandoned and somehow survived. It is an amazing story of human resilience and perseverance and although it is the story of the author's childhood we also glean a picture of Iran and the Iranian people during the 60s and 70s. You must read it but be warned you may not enjoy it. However you will feel hope and admiratio [...]

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