Song of a Captive Bird

Song of a Captive Bird

Jasmin Darznik / Jul 17, 2019

Song of a Captive Bird A spellbinding debut novel based on the life of the rebel poet Forugh Farrokzhad who defied Iranian society to find her voice and love inspiring generations of women to come Whether gossiping with h

  • Title: Song of a Captive Bird
  • Author: Jasmin Darznik
  • ISBN: Song of a Captive Bird
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  • A spellbinding debut novel based on the life of the rebel poet Forugh Farrokzhad, who defied Iranian society to find her voice, and love inspiring generations of women to come.Whether gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother s walled garden, or sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over caf glace, Forugh Farrokzhad was always a rebel Thou A spellbinding debut novel based on the life of the rebel poet Forugh Farrokzhad, who defied Iranian society to find her voice, and love inspiring generations of women to come.Whether gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother s walled garden, or sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over caf glace, Forugh Farrokzhad was always a rebel Though Iran was Westernizing in the 1940s, during Forugh s childhood, most of the country still believed that women were not to be heard from Yet, at age eleven, young Forugh began writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father and a passion for words lodged deeply within her When she ended up in a suffocating marriage at sixteen, she ran away and fell into a passionate love affair which only increased her creative wingspan, leading her to seek freedom and independence Her poems were considered both scandalous and brilliant Forugh was at once a national treasure and the devil too She persevered, living by her own rules, at the cost of love, friendship, and eventually her own life, cut tragically short at the age of 32, amid the violent upheaval of the budding Iranian revolution In subsequent years, Forugh s poetry was banned, the presses that printed her work burned to the ground, and citizens forced to hide away their treasured collections of her verses To this day, Forugh Farrokhzad represents the birth of feminism in Iran, and Jasmin Darznik uses the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and ecstatic turmoil of this iconic woman s story Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 432 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Ballantine Books first published February 13th 2018 More Details Original Title Song of a Captive Bird ISBN 0399182330 ISBN13 9780399182334 Edition Language English Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Song of a Captive Bird, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is the character Forugh Farrokhzad an actual character, or a created fictional character Id like to know before I decide whether to read the book If the poet was a real person, is this account an attempt at a biography, or just a creative interpretation a bit confused here like 10 months ago See all 3 answers Ashley She was an actual person gives info flag See all 4 questions about Song of a Captive Bird Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter May 03, 2018 Melissa Dog Wolf Lover Martin rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical, own I won a copy of this book through one of my book groups I had NO IDEA how good this book would be This book is inspired by the life and poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad She was amazing She went against the grain of what an Iranian woman should be in those times She was a great poetis, feminist and activist Thank you to Retro Chapter Chics for getting me involved in this book And this is me a woman alone on the threshold of a cold season on the verge of understanding the earth s polluted exist I won a copy of this book through one of my book groups I had NO IDEA how good this book would be This book is inspired by the life and poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad She was amazing She went against the grain of what an Iranian woman should be in those times She was a great poetis, feminist and activist Thank you to Retro Chapter Chics for getting me involved in this book And this is me a woman alone on the threshold of a cold season on the verge of understanding the earth s polluted existence and the simple sadness of the skyand the weakness of these hands I m cold,I m cold it seemsI ll never be warm again I m cold and I know there s nothing left of the wild poppy s dreamsbut a few drops of blood from Let Us Believe in the Dawn of the Cold Season Happy Reading Mel flag 154 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Feb 03, 2018 Brina rated it really liked it Shelves feminism, historical fiction, poetry Toward the end of last year I joined the moderator team of the group retro chapter chicks We take part in a variety of historical fiction and nonfiction history group reads and discussions, and are given an occasional opportunity to review advance reader copies One such book is Song of a Captive Bird, the debut novel by Jasmin Darznik, an Iranian American literature professor who resides in northern California Although this book is slotted as a group read in a few months, I was drawn to the p Toward the end of last year I joined the moderator team of the group retro chapter chicks We take part in a variety of historical fiction and nonfiction history group reads and discussions, and are given an occasional opportunity to review advance reader copies One such book is Song of a Captive Bird, the debut novel by Jasmin Darznik, an Iranian American literature professor who resides in northern California Although this book is slotted as a group read in a few months, I was drawn to the pretty color, which lightened up a gray winter day Combined with a captivating subject matter, I could not resist to read this tale of Iranian feminist poet Forugh Farrokhzad a few months in advance.It is 1950s Iran Although it is decades before the Khomeini family overthrew the shah and his antiquated form of government, Iran is still an eastern powerhouse country, devoid of many eastern influences Women do not have to wear a burka that is emblematic with their status today, but their rights were limited nonetheless Girls were lucky to receive an eighth grade education, and unmarried women and girls could rarely leave their homes unless they were chaperoned by a male relative Women went from being the property of their fathers to that of their husbands and unless they were fortunate enough to marry a forward thinking person, still were relegated to life within their homes Forugh Farrokhzad was a rebellious daughter of Colonel Farrokhzad From an early age she desired than a life as an obedient daughter turned wife, and was influenced by the extensive library her father kept in their home Despite receiving only the requisite eighth grade education, Forugh kept up her learning through reading and then eventually writing poetry What is , despite the attitude toward women writers during the era, her father initially encouraged her forays into writing This changed one day when Forugh showed promise as a poet.Coming of age, Forugh thought she found true love in the form of a cousin Parviz Shapour Her father not knowing what to do with her rebellious daughter, married her off before she brought shame to the family Shipped off to rural Ahwez, Forugh became the property of Parviz and by extension his mother She became a prisoner in their humble abode and longed for life back in Tehran After giving birth to her son Kamyan, Forugh longed for her family only to discover than Parviz had no desire to travel to the nation s capital city Craving independence from her husband, Forugh turned to writing and had invitations to publish in some of the city s start up intellectual literary journals of the time Traveling to the capital alone under the guise of visiting her mother, Forugh began to make a name for herself in poetry circles, albeit a scandalous one As a result, she brought the shame to her family that the Colonel had feared during Forugh s teenage years The feminist poems which influenced a generation of school girls, but lead to Forugh s divorce from Parviz as he did not wish to be married to a modern woman who did not fit the mold of demure Iranian wife and mother.Equating marriage as bird captive in a cage, Forugh makes a name for herself as a poet and forges a strong female friendship with Qajar heiress Leila Farmayan who becomes her entry into the upper crust of Tehran society While Darznik has take poetic license in creating this friendship, she uses it as a means to touch on the crumbling Iranian society amidst student uprisings in the later 1950s and early 1960s The discovery of oil in Iran brought an influx of English and American influences into the country, and, with the arrival of westerners, the desire of the younger generation to enjoy better human rights Leading to various factions in both the government and society, people lived in constant fear until these student protests quelled In the midst of this activism, Forugh continued to write poetry volumes, which lead to a meeting and relationship with film director Darius Golshiri Darznik takes much license in their relationship as well, but uses it to touch on the changing place of women in society Unfortunately, in a country as Iran, the things changed especially with increasing western influence, the men asserted themselves as superior to women Forugh s place as a poet and later as a film director cemented her place in intellectual circles, but many still believed that men wrote her work and wished her to stop writing This criticism only encouraged Forugh to continue writing.In her afterward, Darznik writes that when her family fled Iran in 1978, her mother smuggled out two volumes of Forugh s poetry Seeing this poetry as a child led to Darznik s fascination with the poetess later in life, which eventually lead to her research for this book She includes translated poems throughout the text including the title poem Song of a Captive Bird I found the poetry to be mature than the prose, but felt that the prose flowed well for a debut novel I myself grew fascinated with Forugh Farrokhzad s life and would be intrigued to read some of her poetry past the selections featured in this novel Combined with the sensory stimulating cover and feminist poetry, Darznik shows promise as a continuing novelist, and I would look forward to reading her future novels.Breakdown 4.5 story3 writing4 poetry3.5 overall flag 150 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Feb 19, 2018 Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing review of another edition Audiobookrrated by Mozhan Marno 5 stars LOVED IT ABSOLUTELY MESMERIZING GORGEOUS PROSE BEAUTIFUL NOVEL Historical Fiction doesn t get much better this is a fascinating story about a powerhouse Iranian woman poet and filmmaker who died much too young Author Jasmin Darznik s impeccable research showsits clear the work she put into this novel History in Iran came alivere and after the revolution Poety literature history politics Philoso Audiobookrrated by Mozhan Marno 5 stars LOVED IT ABSOLUTELY MESMERIZING GORGEOUS PROSE BEAUTIFUL NOVEL Historical Fiction doesn t get much better this is a fascinating story about a powerhouse Iranian woman poet and filmmaker who died much too young Author Jasmin Darznik s impeccable research showsits clear the work she put into this novel History in Iran came alivere and after the revolution Poety literature history politics Philosophy abuse dialogue the oppression the setting the flowers in the gardens the characters EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS NOVEL HAS VIBRANCY Forugh Farrokhzad was a disappointment to her mother.a disappointment to her fathera disappointment to her husbanda disappointment to her mother in lawher controversial poetry became the center of negativity More disapproval.Forugh fought her entire life for justice self expression human rights dignity and respect Being a disappointment in the eyes of those around you closest to you people who are suppose to love you time and time again has got to be debilitating, exhausting, devastating, and forever lonely Yet this woman kept getting right back up every time she was pushed down The title of this book couldn t be any perfect I felt empathy and admiration for Forugh She wasn t a woman to silence She knew men had the freedom to express lovet women were suppose to be modest, and quiet In an oppressive society for women being a bright liberated female took an enormous amount of courage FORUGH was daring brave courageous referred to as a poetess who wanted to be known as a POET There are specific brutal details you ll read in these pages that are GUT WRENCHINGREALLY could make you physically sick and angry I have my memories of Iran from when I visited in 1973 Those were the good daysd I thought OMG back then I had no idea how much oppressive the country was about to come shorty after I left I can t recommend this book high enough AND THE AUDIOBOOK PERFECT Held my interest completely flag 112 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Feb 11, 2018 Liz rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves best of 2018, netgalley Iran in the mid 20th century was not a fun place to be a woman A girl s education stopped when she was fourteen A lack of virginal blood on a wedding night could send a bride into banishment And a girl was forbidden from being outside without a chaperone and it was frowned on for a married woman to be in public unattended Everything revolves around a woman s honor Mine was a country where they said a woman s nature is riddled with sin, where they claimed that women s voices had the power t Iran in the mid 20th century was not a fun place to be a woman A girl s education stopped when she was fourteen A lack of virginal blood on a wedding night could send a bride into banishment And a girl was forbidden from being outside without a chaperone and it was frowned on for a married woman to be in public unattended Everything revolves around a woman s honor Mine was a country where they said a woman s nature is riddled with sin, where they claimed that women s voices had the power to drive men to lust and distract them from matters of both heaven and earth Forugh Farroukhzad was a poet during this time and considered one of the first Iranian feminists Poetry held a special place in Iran Men would recite it over coffee at night and poets were held in high esteem Well, male poets There was a strict division between a poet and a poetess No matter how skillful her writing, a woman was invariably given the feminine moniker And that moniker was always defined as something less, something trite This fictional telling of her short life is a slow burn Starting with her childhood, she takes up writing poetry to impress her father Her mother is convinced she s possessed by a jinn Her marriage is a disaster and she rediscovers poetry Her decisions give her the freedom to write but at a terrific cost Darznik does an amazing job telling the story Never once did I feel I was hearing anything other than Forugh s voice I felt her fear, her despair and her anger This is a book that will make you angry I mean really angry Imagine being told you have to stop yourself from thinking, because it s thinking that has made you insane Even the so called liberal men sought to take advantage of her and screw her over As the book progresses it becomes political concerning the regime This is a strong book, but a sad one The addition of Forugh s actual poetry was a huge plus For anyone that appreciates historical fiction, I highly recommend this book My thanks to netgalley and Random House Ballantine Books for an advance copy of this book flag 97 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Feb 14, 2018 Jennifer TarHeelReader rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arcs, kindle version, huggable books, 2018 reads, recent favorites 5 brilliant masterpiece stars to Song of a Captive Bird Happy Publication Week to Song of a Captive Bird available now The author of Song of a Captive Bird, Jasmin Darznik, is an Iranian American whose family fled Iran prior to the revolution Darznik is now a literature professor and spent years researching Forugh s life Everything about this book is immaculate The smooth writing, the on point characterization, the research it s all top shelf Iran in the 1950s and 60s came to l 5 brilliant masterpiece stars to Song of a Captive Bird Happy Publication Week to Song of a Captive Bird available now The author of Song of a Captive Bird, Jasmin Darznik, is an Iranian American whose family fled Iran prior to the revolution Darznik is now a literature professor and spent years researching Forugh s life Everything about this book is immaculate The smooth writing, the on point characterization, the research it s all top shelf Iran in the 1950s and 60s came to life for me gorgeous settings, interesting culture, and captivating people Forugh s story, her life, left an indelible mark on me Starting with her childhood, we learn that Forugh was expected to be quiet and modest however, she questioned authority, social s, the status of women, the roles of women, all starting at a young age Each time she embraced a challenge head on, she was pushed back, pushed down, even held captive but every single time, she rose again In my lifetime, I m not sure I ve heard of a female poet being less than and referred to as a poetess That was the life and time that Forugh lived in Her biggest wish was to be referred to simply as a poet Forugh was creative, resilient, vibrant, and vital in pushing forward women s rights and human rights in her country Song of a Captive Bird is the perfect title for this book in multiple ways Oh what an alluring voice Forugh had to share with the world Historical fiction fans, Song of a Captive Bird gets my highest recommendation Thank you to Jasmin Darznik, the most generous Random House Ballantine, and Netgalley for the complimentary copy flag 76 likesLike see review View all 58 comments Nov 26, 2017 Fiona rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves general fiction, e books, netgalley 4.5 stars.Forugh Farrokhzad, known simply as Forugh, died in Iran 50 years ago aged 32 Her poetry was banned in Iran in 1979 and her grave is a place of pilgrimage still At great personal cost, she broke down many barriers to pursue her art cultural, social and structural I had never heard of her and was attracted to the book mainly because I enjoy Middle Eastern writing I don t think I even realised that it was about a real person.Jasmin Darznik inhabits Forugh s life so convincingly that 4.5 stars.Forugh Farrokhzad, known simply as Forugh, died in Iran 50 years ago aged 32 Her poetry was banned in Iran in 1979 and her grave is a place of pilgrimage still At great personal cost, she broke down many barriers to pursue her art cultural, social and structural I had never heard of her and was attracted to the book mainly because I enjoy Middle Eastern writing I don t think I even realised that it was about a real person.Jasmin Darznik inhabits Forugh s life so convincingly that I often had to remind myself that I wasn t reading an autobiography By her own admission, she had to invent a great deal because, it is believed, Forugh s family destroyed most of her personal papers after her death Although she left Iran when she was 5, the author obviously has access to family and friends who can tell her what life was like during Forugh s lifetime, ie 1935 1967 During this period, there was a lot of political turmoil in Iran and Forugh was often caught up in it Her lifestyle was abhorrent to traditional Iranians and it wasn t until she was in her 20s that she met likeminded people and saw a different side to life than the one in which she d been trapped A life that had possibilities than restrictions She was immensely brave, if sometimes naive, to make the decisions that she did and to risk so much Forugh was also a talented documentary maker I watched some of her film about a colony of lepers, The House is Black, on YouTube and found it very moving The author has interspersed the text with poems that she herself has translated On occasions her choice was perfect Forugh s poetry is based on her life I ll finish with a particularly poignant poem on the loss of her son.This is the last lullaby I ll singat the foot of your cradle.May my anguished criesecho in the sky of your youth.I ve cast away from the shore of good nameand a stormy star flares in my heartA day will come when your eyes will smart at this painful song.You ll search for me in wordsand tell yourself my mother,that s who she was.From A Poem for You dedicated to my son, Kamyar, with hopes for the future If you read this book, you ll understand the poignancy of this poem A solid 4.5 stars from me.With thanks to NetGalley and Random House Ballantine for a free review copy flag 33 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Jan 15, 2018 Nikki Saturday Nite Reader rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley reads, arc giveway won, historical fiction, read 2018, owned 3.5 starsIn Song of a Captive Bird a beautiful and perfect title , author Jasmin Darznik is the voice for Iranian poet, Forugh Farrokhzad Forugh an influential poet of the 20th century was notorious for rebelling against cultural norms, especially in her work.Forugh s accomplishments come at the expense of her reputation and family life In her thirty two years she has been through so much pain all she wanted was to be loved for who she was Darznik captures that and uses her own words to 3.5 starsIn Song of a Captive Bird a beautiful and perfect title , author Jasmin Darznik is the voice for Iranian poet, Forugh Farrokhzad Forugh an influential poet of the 20th century was notorious for rebelling against cultural norms, especially in her work.Forugh s accomplishments come at the expense of her reputation and family life In her thirty two years she has been through so much pain all she wanted was to be loved for who she was Darznik captures that and uses her own words to bring that love to Forugh For of my review visit book is inspired by Forugh s story and a work of fiction But, it was written in first person which was interesting to me I often felt as if I was reading a memoir and had to remind myself that certain story lines and characters may not have been true It took me a bit longer than my regular reading pace as I had a bit of a slow start, but I wanted to know of Forugh s story and kept going I felt like I owed it to her to keep reading on Remember the flight, for the bird is mortal Forugh Farrokhzad flag 31 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jul 06, 2018 Jennifer Blankfein rated it it was amazing review of another edition The beautiful cover of this powerful debut caught my eye and after perusing the summary on the book jacket I was compelled to read and recommend this to one of my book groups We wanted to focus on strong women and Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik fits the bill This story, based on the life of Forugh Farrokhzad, focuses on a young Iranian girl who as a child pushed the envelope when it came to respectable, traditional, female behavior She had an interest in poetry, writing at eleven yea The beautiful cover of this powerful debut caught my eye and after perusing the summary on the book jacket I was compelled to read and recommend this to one of my book groups We wanted to focus on strong women and Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik fits the bill This story, based on the life of Forugh Farrokhzad, focuses on a young Iranian girl who as a child pushed the envelope when it came to respectable, traditional, female behavior She had an interest in poetry, writing at eleven years old to get the attention of her strict father She was lucky enough to find a friend she connected with who enjoyed the written word as well and she and this young boy secretly met and he exposed her to different writers, but the Iranian culture forbid them to socialize Her parents locked her in small spaces as a punishment and due to her questionable behavior, they forced her to undergo a virginity test At sixteen years old her father orchestrated an arranged marriage and the relationship suffered due to unsurmountable challenges Forugh became a teenage mother, began a clandestine romantic relationship with a powerful man in the publishing business, ran away from her stifling marriage and toward freedom and self fulfillment.Forugh s passion was to write, and when her provocative, expressive poetry was published, scandalous and smart written words by a woman it caused a huge uproar Her marriage had been damaged beyond repair, her parental rights were impacted, her love affair was not all she had hoped it would be, but her quest for independence and creative freedom remained her priority as she changed the world of poetry in Iran and became an icon for feminism.The title, Song of a Captive Bird, refers to Forugh her poetry is her song and she endures feelings of being trapped by society and the rules preventing women to express themselves, as well as her marriage, relationship with her parents and her lovers, during the 1970s political resistance leading up to the revolution But in some ways all the characters are like captive birds, trying to conform to societal rules in a suppressed society and being challenged by each other, yet also finding comfort in the confines of what is acceptable Forugh gave up her marriage and family to find success as a poet, because in Iran she could not have it all.I loved this book along with all the others in my book group Forugh was a strong, feisty woman living in the 1970s in Iran who was determined to share her creativity with the world, despite the backlash and outrage her poetry stirred up Although throughout her short life she she didn t conform to rules for females, cooking and motherhood were not her strong suits, she endured some horrible psychological and physical tortures, suffered unbearable heartbreaks, and many aspects of her life seemed like colossal failures, Forugh persevered and set the bar high when it came to freedom of expression, independence and rights for women.This book is historical fiction based on the incredible poetry and varied life experiences of controversial poet Forugh Farrokhzad whose life tragically ended at age 32 Author Jasmin Darznik draws you in from the very beginning and consistently shocks and amazes you with details of this extraordinary woman s life, giving you incentive to do some googling Fantastic debut novel Follow me on for all reviews and recommendations flag 28 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 09, 2018 Lisa rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018, 5 star reviews, audible A mesmerizing story of a brave woman seeking the freedom and independence to write heartfelt and brilliant poetrySUMMARYSong of a Captive Bird is a fictional account of Iran s most infamous and iconic woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad She was a literary sensation, and acclaimed filmmaker, who was both loved and hated within her country A country she loved and would never leave The book follows her turbulent life, from her controlled and abusive childhood, though her oppressive teenage marriage, t A mesmerizing story of a brave woman seeking the freedom and independence to write heartfelt and brilliant poetrySUMMARYSong of a Captive Bird is a fictional account of Iran s most infamous and iconic woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad She was a literary sensation, and acclaimed filmmaker, who was both loved and hated within her country A country she loved and would never leave The book follows her turbulent life, from her controlled and abusive childhood, though her oppressive teenage marriage, the birth of her son, her passionate literary career, her affairs of the heart and her death in a car crash in 1967 Forugh came of age in the 1940 s and 1950 s, at a time of upheaval in Iranian history The novels opens one morning, with her mother forcing a bruised and battered Forugh to a clinic in the poorest and dirtiest district of Tehran, the bottom of the city, for a virginity test It s an experience which leaves the sixteen year old Forugh shaken and forever changed It was the end of her girlhood and the true beginning of her life She begins writing poetry to capture her father s attention, who at first is amused by his daughters efforts But as Forugh continues writing her black eyed father withdraws his support, and he marries her off to Parviz, who rejects her on their wedding night She is unhappy in the marriage, and in living under the roof of her domineering mother in law Shortly after her son is born she sneaks back to Tehran in an naive effort to have her sensuous poetry published Her first poem Sin is published under her own name, which set off an avalanche of life altering events When I left my father and then my husband I lost my name and I was no one But there was freedom in this, to be a woman on my own, it made me strong and it made me the poet I wanted to be I knew many poets whose lives have nothing to do with their poetry They were only poets when they sat down to write They would finish a poem and then turn back into greedy, shortsighted, miserable, envious people Well I could never believe in their poetry because I could never believe in them REVIEWForugh s character was so well developed that you can t help but have empathy for her You could feel the pain from her father s kicks, you can feel her dank and sweaty sheets in the hospital, and you could feel her heart racing as she ran from the machine gun spray This story of Forugh s quest for independence is both breathtaking and admirable The writing is beautifully lyrical and captivatingly descriptive It is a breathless ride that skillfully transports us not only through the story, but specifically to that time in history, and to a house in Tehran with a garden full of lush roses, jasmine, honeysuckle, and dahlia blossoms Lovers of feminist, literary and historical fiction will appreciate this book about a female poet whose name in Persian means eternal light The author, Jasmin Darznik used Forugh s poetry, letters and films to create this powerful fictional account of a rebellious but brave woman Darznik is a professor of English and creative writing at California College of the Arts She came to America from Iran in 1978 when she was three years old She is also the author of The Good Daughter A Memoir of My Mother s Hidden Life Publisher Ballantine Publication Date February 13, 2018 Remember its flight, for the bird is mortal Forugh Farrokhazd flag 25 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jun 11, 2018 Stephanie Anze rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves historical fiction it was my preference for books and the world inside my head that left me so incapable of accepting the usual and the ordinary The I read, the I longed to let lose the words inside me Forugh Farrokzhad is the one of the daughters of Colonel Farrokzhad Expected to be meek and quiet, devoid of any disobedience, Forugh is the complete opposite Not wanting the traditional life of a woman in Tehran, Forugh is vocal in her rebellion but it comes at a cost Married off early to avoid b it was my preference for books and the world inside my head that left me so incapable of accepting the usual and the ordinary The I read, the I longed to let lose the words inside me Forugh Farrokzhad is the one of the daughters of Colonel Farrokzhad Expected to be meek and quiet, devoid of any disobedience, Forugh is the complete opposite Not wanting the traditional life of a woman in Tehran, Forugh is vocal in her rebellion but it comes at a cost Married off early to avoid bringing shame to her family does not deter Forugh from wanting to write When an opportunity arises for Forugh to have her work published, she goes ahead not measuring the possible consequences Still that first poem would take Forugh into a life of her own design.Having learned of this work a few months back, I became hoooked first through the cover The narrative underneath it is powerful Part biographical, this work follows the Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzhad Being born in a culture where women were seen but not heard, Forugh broke the mold Growing up Forugh always questioned why her brothers had complete freedom while she had to stay inside Her acts of rebellion were meet with anger and and disdain by her parents But no punishment could quell her fire Thinking marriage would tame their daughter, Forugh was married off I have to admit that poetry is not one of my interests and prior to reading this book, I had no knowledge of Forugh The prose was very well written The pace slowly building the life of a remarkable woman Jasmin Darznik presents an honest and raw portrayal of a woman that was as controversial as she was defamed but ultimately was courageous and truthful It can not be a coincidence that Forugh was born in a time of turmoil and that certain events line up with her story The narrative shone a light on Iran while presenting a captivating insight into the life of Forugh.Darznik tells in the afterward that the inspiration for the book came from a book of poetry by Forugh Farrokhzhad that her parents brought with them when they fled Iran Wondering how such a book would warrant the honor of being saved, Darznik spent years studying this now iconic poet Forugh Farrokhzhad was a modern woman in every sense Questioning authority from an early age, she defied society by, both, writing and publishing her poems Of a very honest nature, her poetry was described as immoral, incendiary and rebellious Sin , her first poem earned her the label of a disreputable and dishonorable woman For many years, her books were banned but Forugh was an advocate for women through and through Her words were always truthful and her courage, while tested, did not wane In addition to successful books of poetry, Forugh also directed a short documentary about a leper colony in Iran titled The House is Balck She ended up adopting a child of leper couple Initially it did not make much of an impact but has since garnered international attention Her life was short but her influence has remained I am glad I came across this book Would definetely recommend flag 21 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 14, 2018 DeB MaRtEnS rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves africa mideast asia, biography memoir, historical fiction, magic realism fantasy, memorably good, thought provoking, war stories 4.5 stars Very well done biographical novel, depicting Iran s most infamous revered female poetess and the upheaval of regimes The American interference in Iran s economy, and its influence as well as the tide of rebellion for independence against colonialism is a facet of their history of which I was sorely ignorant Although a novel, the book seemed almost to be nonfiction, which is a testament to the careful research and very well developed characters Highly recommended flag 17 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Oct 22, 2017 sylvie rated it it was amazing review of another edition I d like to thank Jasmin Darznik for her honest description of an Iran we do not often hear about, the Shah s modern Iran It s restrictions, brutality.Forough Farrokhsad grew up in the Shah s Iran One can only imagine the courage it took Forough to follow her calling, writing poems, poems that read like a story Her courage to express herself as a woman, feelings we women experience along our lives.To understand her determination not to be silenced, one has to understand modern Iran Women w I d like to thank Jasmin Darznik for her honest description of an Iran we do not often hear about, the Shah s modern Iran It s restrictions, brutality.Forough Farrokhsad grew up in the Shah s Iran One can only imagine the courage it took Forough to follow her calling, writing poems, poems that read like a story Her courage to express herself as a woman, feelings we women experience along our lives.To understand her determination not to be silenced, one has to understand modern Iran Women were expected to stay at home, silent To express an opinion was not tolerated, and punished.This is a book which needs to be read widely, by women and men.Even today many of my Iranian friends deny the Shah s regime s brutality, yet thousands left Iran This speaks volumes on the Shah s regime.Forough pushed herself through all the barriers never holding back her truthshe passed away at 32 killed in a car accident.I will add pictures, poems by Farough an book titles to her poems which are sold today around the world when this book is published.This beautiful book will be sold at book stores February 13, 2018P.S.Although the Shah s regime was brutal, the revolution against the Shah in 1979 ushered in an even harsher regime run by Islam flag 15 likesLike see review View all 3 comments May 27, 2018 Tasha rated it really liked it review of another edition Overall I enjoyed this story I had to keep reminding myself that this was not an autobiography, it had that feel and I think it worked well I really like learning about new people I haven t heard of before and not being into poetry, I had never heard of Forugh but I m likely to never forget her after reading this book This hist fic story gives us a glimpse into her life and an impressive one for so short a time here The author s notes in the end brought this one to a wonderful close and I th Overall I enjoyed this story I had to keep reminding myself that this was not an autobiography, it had that feel and I think it worked well I really like learning about new people I haven t heard of before and not being into poetry, I had never heard of Forugh but I m likely to never forget her after reading this book This hist fic story gives us a glimpse into her life and an impressive one for so short a time here The author s notes in the end brought this one to a wonderful close and I think made me appreciate the story so Thank you to Ballantine Books for an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review ETA 3.5 after a couple of weeks and time to consider, I m downgrading slightly to 3.5 Still a good book but not at my 4 star experience flag 13 likesLike see review Feb 12, 2018 Simone rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018, diverse reads, books i recommend, poetry I absolutely adored this book and even though it s 416 pages, I finished it in a day and a half The story follows loosely the real life of an Iranian poet named Forough Farrokhzad She was a rebel in a world where women weren t allowed to be rebellious She was the embodiment of liberal thought living amongst people who would prefer women to raise families and be obedient She had a voice in a place where women were told to remain silent.I didn t know much about her and if you try to Google For I absolutely adored this book and even though it s 416 pages, I finished it in a day and a half The story follows loosely the real life of an Iranian poet named Forough Farrokhzad She was a rebel in a world where women weren t allowed to be rebellious She was the embodiment of liberal thought living amongst people who would prefer women to raise families and be obedient She had a voice in a place where women were told to remain silent.I didn t know much about her and if you try to Google Forough Farrokhzad, there really isn t much about her there either Jasmin Darznik believed the only way to tell the story of this famous female poet was through fiction By adapting her voice and her thoughts, Darznik was able to bring to life a person who s very own tragically ended too soon.In the author s notes which I strongly encourage you to read , Darznik explains her process and how fiction felt like the only way to tell this story I couldn t agree with her and even though there are some events that are completely fictionalized, you can t tell where the line crosses You don t care if the line crosses because even if it isn t real, it felt real Even if what Forough went through didn t happen, you can see it happening for thousands of women living in Iran during this time period.I had to repeatedly remind myself that this is fiction This is loosely based on her life and the history of Iran during the 1950s and 1960s This had some factual evidence, but for the most part, it wasn t real But it read so real Using the first person POV, I feel like Darznik was able to embody Forough for little bit and I was able to hear her story told to me first hand Even though I was reading words, I felt like I was listening to a story I sat with my hands grasped at my mouth happy and sad and angry and relieved and eventually heartbroken by the story being told.This book does carry a lot of triggers There s a lot of pain and suffering Even though Forough was considered one of Iranian s best poets, she had her fair share of tough times But her strength felt like a solider who kept on fighting Her poetry was her weapon and the words were her cunning blows There were parts that made me want to cry while I read about Forough s lust for freedom I shook my fists when she was brutally beaten by her own father and when she was forced into an insane asylum I raged at how women were treated in Iran through the vicarious point of view of our main character.I can probably go on about how lovely the writing is here Darznik is truly a gifted writer who is able to embody her characters There were quotes for days in this book If I could, I would highlight passages that resonated so much to me The book also includes poems from Forough relating back to the passage you read Reading her poetry alongside her story was so well thought out and structured It was like you just witnessed genius happen in front of you That might be an over exaggerated statement, but I loved this book.I ve always been a believer that you can learn things from fiction You can get caught up in facts and figures and analyze any text, but when you use fiction as your arsenal you can tap into the raw emotions and grab the reader in a different way You get the perspective of a person or people from a source you can t get from non fiction or from the Internet Forough s life in this book is an example of that flag 11 likesLike see review Feb 19, 2018 Xiomara Canizales rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2018 read, arcs The story of this book is based on the life of the Irani poet Forugh Farrokhzad.Since poetry is not a genre I have any knowledge nor is Iran history I have no idea who this person was.My main problem is that the story didn t add any information I found in about this poet, so if you what recreate her life you may find this read interesting but the facts are not necessarily truthful POPSUGAR reading challenge 2018 14 A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you flag 10 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Nora KnyguDama rated it liked it review of another edition Apie garsi j poet Forug ne inojau nieko Knyga mane sudomino ne asmenybe, bet pa ia jos istorija Man visada buvo labai domu skaityti apie tas sukaustytas alis, per puslapius patirti tai, kuo gyvena tikrosios laisv s neragav mon s Da niausiai moterys Atsiranda dar daugiau atjautos, supratimo ir u uojautos Tad apie poet , kuri negal jo ra yti o mes visi inom, kad tirkas ra ytojas nera yti tiesiog negali perskaityti prival jau.Nuo ma ens Forug skyr si nuo kit mergai i Ji nesvajojo Apie garsi j poet Forug ne inojau nieko Knyga mane sudomino ne asmenybe, bet pa ia jos istorija Man visada buvo labai domu skaityti apie tas sukaustytas alis, per puslapius patirti tai, kuo gyvena tikrosios laisv s neragav mon s Da niausiai moterys Atsiranda dar daugiau atjautos, supratimo ir u uojautos Tad apie poet , kuri negal jo ra yti o mes visi inom, kad tirkas ra ytojas nera yti tiesiog negali perskaityti prival jau.Nuo ma ens Forug skyr si nuo kit mergai i Ji nesvajojo apie vedybas, vyr , ta iau svajojo apie santuokos privalumus galimyb da ytis, puo tis, i sipe ioti antakius I prigimties ry ki asmenyb nemok jo augti sukaustyti ir suvar yta Irano tradicij Ji, kartu su seserimi ir mama augo t vo pulkininko namuose, tad drausm ia buvo ventas reikalas Ta iau paklusti jai, Forug b davo i kis Ji da nai sprukdavo i nam , rausvindavosi l pas, nesutikdavo gra iai elgtis, kuomet namuose lnkydavosi potenciali jauniki eimos Pulkininkas myl jo knygas ir supa indino dukras su garsiais veikalais, tekstais ir eil mis lovinan iomis Iran , Diev Tik tokios id jos, od iai buvo vertinami ir spausdinami Forug patiko poezija, ta iau sav ja ji nor jo kalb ti apie tai k nori, k jau ia, o ne apie tai k reikia, k leid ia Ir ji ra Ir buvo baud iama Ir vis tiek ra , nors d l to kent jo I si ad jo pa i brangiausi dalyk , moni , s naus, bet ra ir k r Knyga buvo domi dviem aspektais Forug gyvenimu ir Irano tradicijomis, po i riu, istorija Kaip ir dauguma knyg apie Iran , Irak , moter pad t , i taipogi vietomis okiravo Kuomet skai iau apie mergin skaistyb s tikrinim , mon pad t , santuokos taisykles, m noras gin ytis su visu pasauliu d l tokios neteisyb s Forug buvo pranokusi savo kart , i augusi i savo alies ir negal jo gyventi suvar yta, kaip reikalavo sistema I jos aip si ji k r , kiti juok si ji k r , jos eiles sudraskydavo ji visk i mokdavo mintinai, j mu , draud , eng ji k r dar daugiau, o jos od iai sklido dar pla iau Tai tikrai, tikros ra ytojos, negalin ios nera yti biografija Knygos autor Jasmin Darznik pasirinko ra yti pirmuoju asmeniu Suprantu kod l ji taip ra nor jo sukurti artimesn ry su skaitytoju Ta iau tam, kad apie Forug taip ra yt , ji tur jo be galo sigilinti, pajaust, suprasti j , visk k ji i gyveno Ar jai pavyko Nesu tikra Vietomis, ypa skaud iose, sud tingose, pritr ko jausmo, i gyvenimo sopulio Pirma knygos dalis buvo kiek domesn , j skai iau su didesniu u sidegimu Apibendrinant, d iaugiuosi, kad susipa insu su Forug istorija, gyvenimu Ji toks tikras rodymas, kad tikras meninkas negali nekurti flag 14 likesLike see review Nov 21, 2017 Colleen rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 21st century, adult, arc, books for my map, historical fiction 4 StarsARC provided by Ballatine Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This review contains minor spoilers concerning differences between known facts and fiction.Song of a Captive Bird caught my eye on Netgalley I normally avoid fictionalized accounts of real people It s a personal hangup, but it makes me uncomfortable when authors make such big presumptions about real people for the sake of fiction But Song of a Captive Bird covers a time and place often overlooked by books, s 4 StarsARC provided by Ballatine Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This review contains minor spoilers concerning differences between known facts and fiction.Song of a Captive Bird caught my eye on Netgalley I normally avoid fictionalized accounts of real people It s a personal hangup, but it makes me uncomfortable when authors make such big presumptions about real people for the sake of fiction But Song of a Captive Bird covers a time and place often overlooked by books, so I was intrigued It covers the life of Forugh Farrokhzhad, a famous Iranian poet I had heard of Forugh but knew nothing about her It was a house that turned from the world and cast its gaze inward, a house whose women believed the very walls listened for sin, a house where we whispered the truth or didn t speak it at all Having read it, I still have mixed feelings I was surprised to find that the book was written in first person from Forugh s perspective Again, this is a personal hangup, but it strikes as considerably presumptuous to take such liberties as to imagine the innermost thoughts and emotions of a real person This probably will not bother most readers though And to be fair, the author seemed to be 100% motivated by admiration and desire to bring her idol to life But I have to emphasize to all potential readers that this is FICTION Indeed, I had to remind myself to think of it only as fiction or I got caught up wondering what Forugh would think of this book.Once I got past that, however, I did mostly enough the novel Many parts of it were vivid, emotional, and poignant It is not a book for the faint of heart since it does not sugar coat either Forugh s personal tragedies or the turmoil of her time period I can t say that I always like Forugh s character but I was still drawn to her story Some parts were hauntingly emotional and then other parts I felt completely disconnected from The middle was definitely where my interest wandered a bit But the book does have a strong, emotional ending I also liked that translations of some of Forugh s real poems were included The sun was deadThe sun was dead and tomorrow was an odd, antiquated wordchildren no longer understood.They drew it back as a black blot in their notebooksMy people, a fallen peopledead of head, dazed, lonely,wandered from exile to exiledragging the burden of theirown corpsesand the murderous thirst oftheir hands from Earthly Verses The main thing that kept pulling me out of the story was the heavy handed foreshadowing that turned into outright spoilers Darznik often bluntly told exactly what would happen then slowly circled around to how it happened and everything that led to those events I yearned for a linear flow that did not jump around so much It was written with Westerners in mind with definitions of words and terms, explanation of cultural customs, and historical background There was good historical background without being too much of an infodump.Once I started reading Song of a Captive Bird, I avoided looking anything up about the real Forugh Farrokhzhad because I did not want to constantly compare fiction with history When I read the author s note at the end followed by some quick research, I was disappointed to find out some of the things that were made up view spoiler The biggest disappointment was that the character of Leila Farmayan was only loosely based on a friend of Forugh s, and Leila s entire storyline in the book was made up Although I can see why Darznik added that storyline, I was still disappointed to find out one of the most emotional parts of the story was entirely fictional Without Leila, much of the story s plot becomes a quickly tumbling house of cards Even knowing the story was largely guesswork, it still made me question what facts there were in the story Since there is so little information about Forugh, it is hard to know I was also puzzled as to why the author changed Ebrahim Golestan s name to Darius Golshiri when they were blatantly the same person Perhaps because Ebrahim Golestan is still alive The author also left out some big events in Forugh s life such as her time in Europe and her adoptive son Darznik claimed this was due to insufficient documentation, but was there really any less than the other things she did include Or the fictional characters and plot lines that she added in I have not read her source material so I can t say for sure hide spoiler Overall Song of a Captive Bird was a vivid, emotional read despite a few rough bits I have to emphasize again that this is fiction although hopefully it will inspire people to learn about both Forugh Farrokhzhad and Iranian culture and history Because I was a woman, they wanted to silence the screams on my ligs and stifle the breath in my lungs But I couldn t stay quiet I couldn t speak with the voice of a man, because it was not my voice not true and not my own But there was to it than that By writing in a woman s voice I wanted to say that a woman, too, is a human being To say that we, too, have the right to breathe, to cry out, and too sing RATING FACTORS Ease of Reading 4 StarsWriting Style 4 StarsCharacters and Character Development 3 StarsPlot Structure and Development 3 StarsLevel of Captivation 4 StarsOriginality 3 Stars flag 8 likesLike see review Feb 13, 2018 Ren e bookishblissandbeauty rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves publisher provided An advanced reader ebook copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I really enjoyed this book I love that bits of Forugh Farrokzhad poems are peppered throughout the book to mark important points and changes in her life It was a small taste of her work but I was blown away by the raw authenticity of her words that connected with me After reading this novel I m extremely interested in her reading translations of her work.Reminiscent of many trailblazing An advanced reader ebook copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I really enjoyed this book I love that bits of Forugh Farrokzhad poems are peppered throughout the book to mark important points and changes in her life It was a small taste of her work but I was blown away by the raw authenticity of her words that connected with me After reading this novel I m extremely interested in her reading translations of her work.Reminiscent of many trailblazing women, Forugh s life and poetry rebelled against the societal conventions that sought to silence her feminine voice and constrain her freedom She wrote, published, filmed, and lived on her own at a time and place that forbid such behavior from women Moreover, I m amazed at the voice in this book It s written like a memoir I had to remind myself throughout that it s a novel But it felt so authentic to me and my heart broke for her and soared at her success In the author s note, Darznik says that she immersed herself in Forugh s voice and writing and I think it comes across well in this book There s an immediacy and unapologetic rhythm to the writing as well as empathy and tenderness I admit that moments in this book cut me open and I cried knowing that this was a real woman flag 8 likesLike see review Oct 05, 2017 Jill Dobbe rated it it was amazing review of another edition An incredibly thoughtful, artistic, and well documented book about the life of the famed Iranian poet, Farugh Farrokzad, by an Iranian American author who still has roots in Iran Farugh s poems live on today despite their banishment in Iran, and Farugh s notorious reputation I could not put this book down from the minute I began reading it I was enthralled with the story some fiction, some non fiction and the author s honest writing, which gave a truly modern picture of Farugh s carefree, b An incredibly thoughtful, artistic, and well documented book about the life of the famed Iranian poet, Farugh Farrokzad, by an Iranian American author who still has roots in Iran Farugh s poems live on today despite their banishment in Iran, and Farugh s notorious reputation I could not put this book down from the minute I began reading it I was enthralled with the story some fiction, some non fiction and the author s honest writing, which gave a truly modern picture of Farugh s carefree, but troubled life Throughout the book, the volatile history, as well as the beauty and modernity, were described in rich detail giving the reader a true taste of Iran and its people.A beautifully written account of a very creative woman who made her way on her own terms, despite living in a closed society where women had very few rights I believe that Farugh should have been born during a much different era Thank you to NetGalley flag 8 likesLike see review Mar 20, 2018 Christine rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audio, magic square 2018 I really enjoyed this debut novel It s wonderful when I learn something new about another culture and in famous person from a country extremely different from my own I listened to the audio version of this book, and it was fantastic Highly recommend flag 8 likesLike see review Feb 27, 2018 Yelda Basar Moers rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 reading challenge, historical fiction, fiction Mine was a country where they said a woman s nature is riddled with sin, where they claimed that women s voices had the power to drive men to lust and distract them from matters of both heaven and earthBecause I was a woman, they wanted to silence the screams on my lips and stifle the breath in my lungs But I couldn t stay quiet I love to hear of unheard stories of women who fought bravely for women in history I just finished Song of A Captive Bird, a new historical novel that chronicles Mine was a country where they said a woman s nature is riddled with sin, where they claimed that women s voices had the power to drive men to lust and distract them from matters of both heaven and earthBecause I was a woman, they wanted to silence the screams on my lips and stifle the breath in my lungs But I couldn t stay quiet I love to hear of unheard stories of women who fought bravely for women in history I just finished Song of A Captive Bird, a new historical novel that chronicles and honors the life of famed Persian poet Forugh Farrokhzad, whose life and work paved the way for feminism in Iran Farrokhzad grew up in Tehran in the 1940s and 1950s, married young and had a child, all while she was cultivating her voice in poetry She soon had an affair, published her poetry, divorced and lost custody of her son In the end she had to sacrifice almost everything including her life she died tragically at the young age of 32 to oppose the oppressive ways that women were expected to live in Iran during her times Her daring life was clearly as compelling as her poetry, which I absolutely loved Sadly I can t say the same for this book as a work of literature, but I was riveted by Farrokhzad s harrowing journey to make a true life for herself as a modern woman and poet This could have been an incredible historical novel, but there were too many shortcomings including too many lengthy descriptions that didn t move the story forward and what I found to be a cumbersome writing style and narrative that jumped around and didn t progress fluidly Also Farrokhzad s poetry was dropped in from time to time like a visitor rather than being woven into the story I felt there was a disconnect between the poetry of the poet and the narrator who was telling the story, though they were both supposed to be the same person Ultimately, for me, the book never really came alive and was missing a kind of life force energy, or soul, except during the parts where Farrokhzad was committed to a mental institution The book started to break open midway, but then stalled again It went through too many crests and troughs and inconsistencies to make it a great book I felt the novel needed work and editing to really make it a polished work of literature.Still, the life and work of Forugh Farrokhzad should be honored and I applaud this writer for bringing her tragic and empowering story to light Farrokhzad bravely fought for the recognition of the lives of women in Iran and gave them a voice For that reason alone, it s worth reading I d lost my husband, my son, and, very nearly, my life All that was left, the one thing that survived, but also the thing that pulled at me most fiercely, was my desire to write flag 7 likesLike see review May 04, 2018 Karen Kay rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc netgalley, biographies, iran, netgalley read 2018 I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review A well written and thought provoking fictionalized account of Iranian poet Forugh Farrokzhad 4 flag 8 likesLike see review May 19, 2018 Krista rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 Oh sky, if one dayI want to fly from this silent prisonwhat should I say to my weeping child Forget about me,for I am a captive bird I m that candle that illuminates the ruinswith her burning heart.If I choose darknessI ll destroy everything around me from The Captive In writing about Forugh, I wanted to go beyond what was outwardly known about her what could perhaps ever be known about her, given not just the reticence of those who d been close to her but the fundamental inscrutability o Oh sky, if one dayI want to fly from this silent prisonwhat should I say to my weeping child Forget about me,for I am a captive bird I m that candle that illuminates the ruinswith her burning heart.If I choose darknessI ll destroy everything around me from The Captive In writing about Forugh, I wanted to go beyond what was outwardly known about her what could perhaps ever be known about her, given not just the reticence of those who d been close to her but the fundamental inscrutability of the human personality I wanted to imagine what it felt like to be the woman writing those astonishing poems To be the woman who created herself by writing those poems And to do this I embraced the unique power of fiction to illuminate the past.In her Author s Note following the body of Song of a Captive Bird, Jasmin Darznik explains how the meager amount of biographical material to be found on the groundbreaking Iranian feminist poet and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad opened a space for invention and prompted her to attempt to breathe life into the memory of this artist banned under the current regime in Iran, mostly forgotten in the West who deserves to be remembered The information that Darznik is able to provide paints the picture of a remarkable and brave woman someone who insisted on speaking her truths, no matter the costs and I 100% agree that Forugh s story demands memorialising Unfortunately, I don t think that Darznik was equal to the task of filling in the gaps and making a real person jump off the page this book is interesting history, but weak fiction And as for the history, by writing in the Author s Note that she invented some characters and erased others for the sake of narrative flow, I am also left uncertain as to this book s biographical usefulness Because I was a woman, they wanted to silence the screams on my lips and stifle the breath in my lungs But I couldn t stay quiet I couldn t pretend to be modest or pure or good No I was a woman and I couldn t speak with the voice of a man, because it was not my voice not true and not my own But there was to it than that By writing in a woman s voice I wanted to say that a woman, too, is a human being To say that we, too, have the right to breathe, to cry out, and to sing. I ll take it as fact that Forugh Farrokhzad was born in 1935, grew up in Tehran as one of seven children of a strict Colonel from the Shah s Guard, and despite some official efforts at modernisation Western style dresses, the banning of veils, the introduction of electricity , Iranian society retained an iron grip on its girls and women Forced to leave school younger than her brothers, a brutal virginity test, given away in marriage at sixteen Forugh apparently had little agency in her father s house I don t know if it really was an extramarital affair that led Forugh to write the poem Sin , but this is the verse an expression of sexual desire from the point of view of a woman that is said to have scandalised the local literary scene and led to the breakdown of Forugh s marriage Now free to relocate back to Tehran from the hostile backwater of her husband s hometown, Forugh devoted herself to writing poems that would revolutionise the form within Iran and document both her personal experiences and the government brutalities that she witnessed I was fascinated by the idea of Forugh being committed to a mental asylum for her writing, and while Darznik s narrative of this time wasn t particularly evocative, I would love to know if Forugh actually found her file and the doctor s notes that state she indulges delusions of pursuing a literary career and shows no insight into her present condition or the consequences of her actions for either herself or her familyThe clinic has obtained copies of the patient s writings, and upon careful review these documents support the conclusion of a disordered mind When Forugh is eventually released, she meets the filmmaker Ebrahim Golestan given the pseudonym Darius Golshiri in the book for some reason , and he becomes her lover and her mentor, freeing the poet to employ her artistic voice in a new medium, for which she won acclaim Tragically, Forugh died in a car crash at 32 years old an accident according to painted as an event sinister in Darznik s account Except for what I d written in my poems, in the end no one knew the truth about my death and no one knew the truth about our lives. Despite her being a professor of literature and creative writing, I really wasn t impressed with Darznik s craftsmanship the writing was dull and the additional background information she added amounted to little than lists of foods, the passing view from a car window, and what dress Forugh wore to this or that party I was neither immersed in the times nor in this singular mind even Darznik s new translations of Forugh s poetry into English consisted of a few excerpts placed randomly into chapters where events may have inspired the verse I am happy to now know something of Forugh Farrokhzad, but as a novel, this was just all right flag 6 likesLike see review Mar 19, 2018 Viv JM rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves z2018 atw winter olympics challenge, z2018 author female, author female, audio, fiction historical, feminism, read in 2018, rt challenge mar 18 Song of a Captive Bird is the fictionalised account of the life of the late Iranian poet and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad Forugh Farrokhzad grew up in 1940s 50s Tehran, where girls were encouraged to be quiet and obedient, neither of which were traits Forugh possessed The story tells of her early marriage, her confinement in a mental asylum and the scandal and disgrace that befell her as a result of her bold and frank poetry, as well as her liberated lifestyle choices in an oppressively conserv Song of a Captive Bird is the fictionalised account of the life of the late Iranian poet and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad Forugh Farrokhzad grew up in 1940s 50s Tehran, where girls were encouraged to be quiet and obedient, neither of which were traits Forugh possessed The story tells of her early marriage, her confinement in a mental asylum and the scandal and disgrace that befell her as a result of her bold and frank poetry, as well as her liberated lifestyle choices in an oppressively conservative country She certainly suffered a lot of personal hardship in pursuance of her art.I loved this book I thought Forugh s story was told with compassion and warmth I loved the way snippets of her poems were interspersed within the book Darznik s fascination for her subject shone through at every stage, and I can t help but want to read of Farrokhzad s poetry after reading this book.I listened to the audiobook, read by Mozhan Marn , who I thought was an exceptionally good narrator, so I d highly recommend that format flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2018 Staci rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, netgalley Song of a Captive Bird is a fictional depiction of the life of Iranian poet and film director, Forough Farrokhzad She was known for writing poems in a simple, modern style from a woman s perspective The novel tells not only the story of her life but it also paints a picture of what life was like for women in Iran during this time period, between 1935 and 1967.Miss Farrokhzad was a woman too modern for her time and her country and she led a controversial life She was divorced and had her son t Song of a Captive Bird is a fictional depiction of the life of Iranian poet and film director, Forough Farrokhzad She was known for writing poems in a simple, modern style from a woman s perspective The novel tells not only the story of her life but it also paints a picture of what life was like for women in Iran during this time period, between 1935 and 1967.Miss Farrokhzad was a woman too modern for her time and her country and she led a controversial life She was divorced and had her son taken away from her by her ex husband She was committed to a mental institution because she expressed passion and lust in her poems and also because she desired the same freedoms as men Passion and lust were something women were not allowed to feel, to speak, or even think Women had no control over their fates It seemed that they were confined to the house when they were little girls They were told who to marry The mother arranged the marriage but it was the father that had the final say Their husbands could divorce them and cast them out for any reason they deemed appropriate They could take another wife if it suited them And all of this was during a time of modernization and Westernization in Iran.I had never heard of Forough Farrokhzad prior to reading this novel but I found her story and the Iranian culture very interesting It s remarkable that she was able to live the life she did and unfortunate that she came to such an early demise She was only 32 when she died in a car crash I would highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in the life of this poet, or not There is much, much to this novel I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the author s eloquent yet poetic writing style suits it perfectly I thank NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 02, 2018 Guy Austin rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves fiction, netgalley, favorites I recall in 1979 the first time I had heard of the country called Iran From that first day I heard the words spoken, it would be many consecutive days that I would hear phrases that shaped my small understanding The Hostage Crisis, The Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini There were images that crossed the television screen Young male college age students, blind folded Americans, large crowds gathered around the American Embassy This was the Iran I knew of This was my view of the country I I recall in 1979 the first time I had heard of the country called Iran From that first day I heard the words spoken, it would be many consecutive days that I would hear phrases that shaped my small understanding The Hostage Crisis, The Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini There were images that crossed the television screen Young male college age students, blind folded Americans, large crowds gathered around the American Embassy This was the Iran I knew of This was my view of the country I was young, Middle School aged, so my interaction was left to that of a typical pre teen.So, when I first views this novel, Song of a Captive Bird , and I read about its author, Jasmin Darzink, I recalled the well received memoir she had written, The Good Daughter A Memoir of my Mothers Hidden Life I also learned from here essay s that she was one of many, as a young girl, that fled Iran just before the Revolution She told of her families journey, her recall as a immigrant and her memory of her parents melancholy regarding a want for an eventual return to Iran She became in wonder of the few things her mother was able to bring with her, one was a slim book of poems by Farugh Farrokhzad These poems, that book she first looked at as a young girl, would lead to eventual writing this novel.This story of the trail blazing poet, Farugh, a defining influence of her generation, was not a subject I would readily search out I am not much of a for poetry However, the title and the cover of the book spoke to me Then, as I was reading, within the beginning of a few chapters were pieces of poems that grabbed my attention These poems were different, they were focused and expressive They were approachable They were not pretentious These little pieces had me stop and look for of Farugh s poetry I ll greet the sun again.I ll greet the stream that flowed within me,The clouds that were my tallest thoughts,the aspens in the gardenthat endured seasons of drought with me,the flock of crowsthat brought me the scent of the fields at night,my mother who lived in the mirror andreflected the face of my old age,The burning wombmy lust has filled the green seeds.I ll greet them all again from I Will Greet the Sun Again This world author Jasmin Darzinka has colored in for me is now much vivid and real This wonderful Historical Fiction, set in the 1940 s through 1968, held me fixed on every word Every heart stopping action that occurred Farugh s life, hard with sharp jagged edges, dark as a moonless night and as colorful as the novel s cover expresses a woman who would become a voice of a country She gave voice to women for the first time, feelings they felt, but never before manifested in word or print Farugh enters the world bound by physical walls Walls build to keep her restrained within the customs of her country She, as a woman is expected to be silent and submissive Hidden She is born to a Father, a high ranking colonel in the Shaw s Army, who rules his family absolutely By a mother who had known no other life than that of the submissive wife and mother in the background is the ever present social and political unrest of the country Farugh rails against theses expectations placed on her, and suffers for it After only attaining education to the age of thirteen or Fourteen, she will become a sensation at the age of nineteen with the publication of her first poem, Sin.With the publication of Sin she becomes, at once, both famous and infamous Labeled Yet, she would not be silenced She would live a life not before witnessed in Tehran or the whole of Iran She would create Five books of poetry, documentaries She would carve out a place for herself in the larger world As with so many young and talented artist s she will leave this earth too soon Before she does she leaves us a legacy of works that we all will be able to enjoy and appreciate for the ages.I love when I fall backwards into a great book The kind that opens your eyes to a new world view One you had no foundation in and out of it you come away with a new appreciation of that world or of the people in it Jasmin Darzink delivered just that type of experience with her new novel Song of a Captive Bird I thank her for this And I thank her for sharing Farugh Farrokhzad with me.Available now for Pre order or on Store shelves February 13th 2018I would like to thank Random House Publishing Group Ballantine, NetGalley and Jasmin Darzink for the opportunity to read this advance copy in exchange for my honest review flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 10, 2018 Diane Perry rated it it was amazing review of another edition I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Forugh Farrokzhad was a trailblazer way ahead of her time She was a controversial poet in the sixties She was defying all the rules in Iran For that she paid a heavy price This book sucked me in on the first sentence and I actually read it in a day Powerful and relatable for today Excellent writing flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 20, 2017 Jamie rated it it was amazing review of another edition This was a galley from Netgalley Heartbreaking look into the life of poet Forough Farrokzad and life for her as an Iranian woman in the 50 s and 60 s Good Read flag 5 likesLike see review Feb 08, 2018 Booknblues rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves iran, middle east, 20th century, strong women, asia With the US and Iran s recent histories intertwined in a variety of ways and knowing a number of educated Iranian women, I was interested in reading about the poet Forugh Farrokzhad in Jasmin Darznik s novelization of her life, Song of a Captive Bird I am pleased to say that I did get information about Iran s history in the 20th century and especially the lives of women during the mid century period 1940 1960.Forugh was an extremely gifted poet as the reader can see, by examples of her p With the US and Iran s recent histories intertwined in a variety of ways and knowing a number of educated Iranian women, I was interested in reading about the poet Forugh Farrokzhad in Jasmin Darznik s novelization of her life, Song of a Captive Bird I am pleased to say that I did get information about Iran s history in the 20th century and especially the lives of women during the mid century period 1940 1960.Forugh was an extremely gifted poet as the reader can see, by examples of her poetry throughout the book I am sure that she was a complex character and from this book one can see that she lead a difficult and interesting life The book is told in first person from Forugh s point of view and this is the major problem I had The voice is at odds with the beautiful poetry in the book While, I can understand that those who write such beautiful poetry may not always be model citizens, I do expect their prose to show a degree of grace and to be cautious that their voice characterizes them well Often, Forugh seems spoiled, petulant and rebellious and I kept feeling that there should be to her than that.I don t want to have this criticism of mine to discourage others from reading Song of a Captive Bird because I think it is well worth the read.As a child Forugh loved the garden which her mother had created and noticed how her mother came alive working in the garden When Iran began to be westernized, her father, The Colonel, destroyed the garden and recreated what he thought of as a western version Forugh notes In the coming years, thousands of gardens would be destroyed in Tehran, but it was only much later that I d discover our garden in Amiriyeh, with all its gorgeous wild blooming, had been among the first The old Persian gardens were quickly disappearing into oblivion, but despite all the changes that would take place in the coming years, the old walls between houses remained, and we therefore never witnessed the destruction of one another s gardens We couldn t yet imagine what we had lost would be lost again and again.When she is given the chance to leave the country after some thought she decides When I walked in the streets, there was a memory at every turn, a rootedness I felt in my limbs and my heart Whatever Iran wanted to be, I loved it I d found my life s purpose here Every poem I d ever written was entangled with my country s story I loved its downtrodden, small minded, generous people I loved them I belonged to them They were my people, and I was theirs.I found this story really compelling and I hope others take the opportunity to read it flag 4 likesLike see review Mar 13, 2018 DeAnn rated it it was amazing review of another edition This is a captivating historical fiction book about Forough Farrokhzad, an Iranian female poet, set in 1950s 1960s Iran It was obvious that Jasmin Darznik did extensive research on Forough and made the poet as well as the times come alive during this book.I must admit it had a bit of a slow start for me and I thought the great love story would be with Parviz, a cousin and fellow poet At some point, I was completely drawn into this book and I could not put it down Remarkable for the times that This is a captivating historical fiction book about Forough Farrokhzad, an Iranian female poet, set in 1950s 1960s Iran It was obvious that Jasmin Darznik did extensive research on Forough and made the poet as well as the times come alive during this book.I must admit it had a bit of a slow start for me and I thought the great love story would be with Parviz, a cousin and fellow poet At some point, I was completely drawn into this book and I could not put it down Remarkable for the times that she was so open with her feelings and wrote about them at a time when women were expected to be very submissive and accepting of their place in the Iranian world I think it took a great deal of bravery on her part and this book opened my eyes to an amazing poet and artist.I don t know much about Iran but I don t think much has changed for the women in that country or that part of the world I think Malala s quote is very applicable how can we succeed when half of us are held back Interestingly, I just read that women are protesting this month In Iran by pulling off their headscarves in public I think Forough would be proud of her fellow women Iranians flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Retro Chapter Chi May 2018 Buddy Read Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik 13 10 May 27, 2018 09 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        Jasmin Darznik is the author of the debut novel Song of a Captive Bird, a fictional account of Iran s trailblazing woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad, as well as the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter A Memoir of My Mother s Hidden Life Her books have been published or are forthcoming in sixteen countries.Jasmin received her MFA from Bennington College and PhD in English from Princeton She Jasmin Darznik is the author of the debut novel Song of a Captive Bird, a fictional account of Iran s trailblazing woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad, as well as the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter A Memoir of My Mother s Hidden Life Her books have been published or are forthcoming in sixteen countries.Jasmin received her MFA from Bennington College and PhD in English from Princeton She is a professor of English and creative writing at California College of the Arts and is now at work on a novel set in 1920s San Francisco


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    1. I won a copy of this book through one of my book groups I had NO IDEA how good this book would be This book is inspired by the life and poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad She was amazing She went against the grain of what an Iranian woman should be in those times She was a great poetis, feminist and activist Thank you to Retro Chapter Chics for getting me involved in this book And this is me a woman alone on the threshold of a cold season on the verge of understanding the earth s polluted exist I won a [...]


    2. Toward the end of last year I joined the moderator team of the group retro chapter chicks We take part in a variety of historical fiction and nonfiction history group reads and discussions, and are given an occasional opportunity to review advance reader copies One such book is Song of a Captive Bird, the debut novel by Jasmin Darznik, an Iranian American literature professor who resides in northern California Although this book is slotted as a group read in a few months, I was drawn to the p To [...]


    3. Audiobookrrated by Mozhan Marno 5 stars LOVED IT ABSOLUTELY MESMERIZING GORGEOUS PROSE BEAUTIFUL NOVEL Historical Fiction doesn t get much better this is a fascinating story about a powerhouse Iranian woman poet and filmmaker who died much too young Author Jasmin Darznik s impeccable research showsits clear the work she put into this novel History in Iran came alivere and after the revolution Poety literature history politics Philoso Audiobookrrated by Mozhan Marno 5 stars LOVED IT ABSOLUTELY ME [...]


    4. Iran in the mid 20th century was not a fun place to be a woman A girl s education stopped when she was fourteen A lack of virginal blood on a wedding night could send a bride into banishment And a girl was forbidden from being outside without a chaperone and it was frowned on for a married woman to be in public unattended Everything revolves around a woman s honor Mine was a country where they said a woman s nature is riddled with sin, where they claimed that women s voices had the power t Iran [...]


    5. 5 brilliant masterpiece stars to Song of a Captive Bird Happy Publication Week to Song of a Captive Bird available now The author of Song of a Captive Bird, Jasmin Darznik, is an Iranian American whose family fled Iran prior to the revolution Darznik is now a literature professor and spent years researching Forugh s life Everything about this book is immaculate The smooth writing, the on point characterization, the research it s all top shelf Iran in the 1950s and 60s came to l 5 brilliant maste [...]


    6. 4.5 stars.Forugh Farrokhzad, known simply as Forugh, died in Iran 50 years ago aged 32 Her poetry was banned in Iran in 1979 and her grave is a place of pilgrimage still At great personal cost, she broke down many barriers to pursue her art cultural, social and structural I had never heard of her and was attracted to the book mainly because I enjoy Middle Eastern writing I don t think I even realised that it was about a real person.Jasmin Darznik inhabits Forugh s life so convincingly that 4.5 s [...]


    7. 3.5 starsIn Song of a Captive Bird a beautiful and perfect title , author Jasmin Darznik is the voice for Iranian poet, Forugh Farrokhzad Forugh an influential poet of the 20th century was notorious for rebelling against cultural norms, especially in her work.Forugh s accomplishments come at the expense of her reputation and family life In her thirty two years she has been through so much pain all she wanted was to be loved for who she was Darznik captures that and uses her own words to 3 [...]


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