To Keep the Sun Alive

To Keep the Sun Alive

Rabeah Ghaffari / Jun 26, 2019

To Keep the Sun Alive A cinematic debut about an Iranian family and their fruit orchard caught up in the Revolution of The year is The Islamic Revolution is just around the corner as is a massive solar eclipse I

  • Title: To Keep the Sun Alive
  • Author: Rabeah Ghaffari
  • ISBN: 194822609X
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A cinematic debut about an Iranian family and their fruit orchard, caught up in the Revolution of 1979The year is 1979 The Islamic Revolution is just around the corner, as is a massive solar eclipse In this epic novel set in the small Iranian city of Naishapur, a retired judge and his wife, Bibi, grow apples, plums, peaches, and sour cherries, as well as manage several g A cinematic debut about an Iranian family and their fruit orchard, caught up in the Revolution of 1979The year is 1979 The Islamic Revolution is just around the corner, as is a massive solar eclipse In this epic novel set in the small Iranian city of Naishapur, a retired judge and his wife, Bibi, grow apples, plums, peaches, and sour cherries, as well as manage several generations of family members The days here are marked by long, elaborate lunches on the terrace and arguments about the corrupt monarchy in Iran and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism And yet life in the orchard continues An uncle develops into a powerful cleric A young nephew goes to university, hoping to lead the fight for a new Iran and marry his childhood sweetheart Another nephew surrenders to opium, while his widowed father dreams of a life in the West Told through a host of vivid, unforgettable characters that range from servants to elderly friends of the family, To Keep the Sun Alive is the kind of rich, compelling story that not only informs the past, but raises questions about political and religious extremism today Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 176 pages Published January 8th 2019 by Catapult More Details ISBN 194822609X ISBN13 9781948226097 Edition Language English Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari Release date Jan 15, 2019 Enter for a chance to win one of twenty finished copies of TO KEEP THE SUN ALIVE, an unforgettable debut novel by Rabeah Ghaffari Ghaffari s fiery d Enter for a chance to win one of twenty finished copies of TO KEEP THE SUN ALIVE, an unforgettable debut novel by Rabeah Ghaffari Ghaffari s fiery debut tenderly depicts a family against the harrowing backdrop of the 1979 Iranian revolution ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLYThe year is 1979 The Iranian Revolution is just around the corner, as is a once in a lifetime solar eclipse Meanwhile, in the northeastern city of Naishapur, a retired judge and his wife, Bibi, run an ancient orchard, growing apples, plums, peaches, and sour cherries, and looking after several generations of family members The days here are marked by long, elaborate lunches on the terrace and arguments about government corruption and the rise of religious fundamentalism, peppered with tales of ancient Persia that foreshadow the seismic political changes to come And yet life continues Told through a host of vivid, unforgettable characters, ranging from children to servants to friends of the family, To Keep the Sun Alive is the kind of compelling, rich story that not only informs the past, but also reminds us of the human aspirations that animate historical events Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book Most Anticipated Books of 2019 Not From a Series 254 books 233 voters Historical Fiction Middle East 67 books 27 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 15, 2018 Dominique rated it it was amazing My interview with the author want to pre order this novel This is the story of revolution, eclipses, and the constant grace of family in a world in transition Set in Iran and France, this story jumps between 1979 and 2012 during their respective solar eclipses The tense relationship between two brothers, the judge Akbar and the cleric Habib, pulsates through this family and the effects of their father s choices on both of their lives I love how this element My interview with the author want to pre order this novel This is the story of revolution, eclipses, and the constant grace of family in a world in transition Set in Iran and France, this story jumps between 1979 and 2012 during their respective solar eclipses The tense relationship between two brothers, the judge Akbar and the cleric Habib, pulsates through this family and the effects of their father s choices on both of their lives I love how this element is told in a way that you re experiencing these characters and forming immediate opinions about who they are, because as you read on, layers are uncovered and you develop such a complex about why they are the way that they are What informs their sympathies and their complacencies, their perspectives on law nature s and the laws of man and the extent to which justice exists, and what informs how they are in relation with their family and especially the youth, whether they teach them how to think or what to think whether they stoke the flames of their curiosity or douse it with buckets of certainty.The anchor of this family and the story is Bibi Khanoom who orchestrates these magnificent lunches in their family orchard where everyone gathers to talk politics, religion, and share the lore of ancient Persia And the cast of characters that gather chef s kiss From the comical and judgmental Ghamar and her easy going husband and their daughter Nasreen, to the widowed Shazdehpoor, who dreams of living in Europe, and his sons, revolutionary Madjid and opioid addicted Jamsheed These characters are all perfectly strummed notes that play chords of love, frustration, grief, and a mercy that gives life its melody From the love story between Madjid and Nasreen as well as the matured love between Bibi and Akbar, to the contemplation of revolution, and the impactful nuggets of wisdom scattered on these pages, this novel is so full, satisfying, and best of all it nourishes the soul Everything you are is with you I finished it over two weeks ago, and every single time I start to think of the characters again my eyes well up There is such a tenderness in this story that I think will affect anyone in the midst of transitions or contemplating the changes happening in the world I don t know if a perfect novel exists, but this one comes really close.I received an ARC from the publishers under no obligations to write a review These thoughts are my own flag 16 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 01, 2019 Jessica Woodbury rated it really liked it Shelves arc, audiobooks, authors of color, historical fiction A lovely and intimate novel about a family and their inner circle at the beginning of the Iranian revolution You get to know these characters so well, but the book almost feels like a fable or an allegory In that way it reminds me a little of EXIT WEST, another book where we see a larger picture through a close view of a few people that almost feels unreal You get a slice of life and society through the varied characters, and I particularly enjoyed it on audio with the author s delicate voi A lovely and intimate novel about a family and their inner circle at the beginning of the Iranian revolution You get to know these characters so well, but the book almost feels like a fable or an allegory In that way it reminds me a little of EXIT WEST, another book where we see a larger picture through a close view of a few people that almost feels unreal You get a slice of life and society through the varied characters, and I particularly enjoyed it on audio with the author s delicate voice flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Rhonda Lomazow rated it it was amazing A beautifully written literary novel.Iran on the brink of the Revolution a family ,life on a family orchard life full of long lunches servants th pier help daily existence a family two brothers torn apart by the revolution by differences of radical views on the side of one brother and the other brother who wants his life his family to continue as it has been.A debut novel an emotional read a new author to discover thanks edelweiss for the advance copy flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Rachel Le n added it Shelves 2019, reviewed, read in 2019 I m reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it s up flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 19, 2018 Kristine rated it it was amazing flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Ishaa rated it it was amazing He felt the droves of people pushing past him, but it was as if he were invisible, a piece of litter blown backward in time To Keep the Sun AliveThis book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that s on a brink of revolution The story jumps between 2012 and 1979, and is set in France and Iran.Ghaffari has narrated the story of this family s struggle beautifully with characters you can relate to A religious man He felt the droves of people pushing past him, but it was as if he were invisible, a piece of litter blown backward in time To Keep the Sun AliveThis book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that s on a brink of revolution The story jumps between 2012 and 1979, and is set in France and Iran.Ghaffari has narrated the story of this family s struggle beautifully with characters you can relate to A religious man, a liberal, a junkie, a lost soul, a young woman trying to break free from her conservative mother, a patriot who gets caught in a deadly trap of a political group, a frustrated husband, an infuriating woman, a faithful servant, and a woman holding the entire family together.There is a lot to all these characters than they might first appear Gradually, you uncover the various layers of each character and understand why they are the way they are.While this family struggles with one another s flaws, as well as the difference in opinions regarding the country s state, they still manage to stay together as different parts of the country erupt in unrest However, a deadly conflict in the town square between two men creates a major rift between the religious faction and their opponents, and the family gets sucked in.Ghaffari sketched out a realistic scenario of a family being torn apart as the danger of political unrest starts spreading.While I struggled at the start of the novel due to so many characters, I eventually got a better grasp of this complicated family The innocent romance budding between two youngsters was rather predictable, it still added to the story line The fate of the characters, the trauma of the events that unfold would leave you thinking about the horrors of war and the destruction it brings with it.I received an ARC from the publisher under no obligations to write a review flag Like see review Jan 23, 2019 Marcia rated it really liked it I really liked this book The story takes place in 1979 when the Iranian Revolution is just around the corner It is about an extended family who have a comfortable living from their orchard and lands Akbar now owns the orchard His brother Habib is a bitter man and mullah who uses his position to fuel the revolution bib is Akbars wife and a very good woman Madjid is a nephew who is in love with Nasreen The young couple have dreams of a life away from the orchard However, the revolution int I really liked this book The story takes place in 1979 when the Iranian Revolution is just around the corner It is about an extended family who have a comfortable living from their orchard and lands Akbar now owns the orchard His brother Habib is a bitter man and mullah who uses his position to fuel the revolution bib is Akbars wife and a very good woman Madjid is a nephew who is in love with Nasreen The young couple have dreams of a life away from the orchard However, the revolution interferes The characters were wonderful and the book was well written I recommend it At first I had problems with the names so I wrote them down and what their role was This helped until I was familiar with everyone, flag Like see review Jan 21, 2019 Jamie Gilbert rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019, completed_in_2019, fiction, history_world Quick read A story that followed an extended family leading up to the 1979 Iranian revolution I am not well versed with regards to Iranian history but the author did a brilliant job of making you feel a part of this family, rejoicing and mourning with them It would be such a nightmare to go from a liberating to a suppressive society, watching family members get caught up in the atrocities I felt the ending was a bit discombobulated but it didn t hurt the story at all Still kept me captivate Quick read A story that followed an extended family leading up to the 1979 Iranian revolution I am not well versed with regards to Iranian history but the author did a brilliant job of making you feel a part of this family, rejoicing and mourning with them It would be such a nightmare to go from a liberating to a suppressive society, watching family members get caught up in the atrocities I felt the ending was a bit discombobulated but it didn t hurt the story at all Still kept me captivated flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Linda Rae rated it really liked it This is a very moving book about a family in Iran in 1979 and the effects the Islamic Revolution had on them While the description of the book almost makes it seem like a bucolic memoir, it also contains some scenes that are very violent and hard to take in The ending was a bit abrupt for me though and I would have liked closure on the various characters I ll be thinking about this for a while flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Ace Boggess rated it liked it Beautiful poetic language An insightful look at the culture of the time in Iran Sadly, it s not that interesting The writing itself is so lovely I kept reading just for that So, there s a lot to like here, but only if you have the patience and slowness to appreciate it In this case, I didn t flag Like see review Dec 21, 2018 Sam Glasbrenner rated it it was amazing Shelves owned books, giveaway wins I won this in a giveaway and cannot wait to read it flag Like see review Jan 20, 2019 Jairan Shirazi rated it it was amazing This is the first book that I connected with I was unable to put the book down It was so well written, you felt like you were there in the orchard from the start Definitely a must read flag Like see review Nov 03, 2018 Rachel Parrott rated it really liked it Shelves first reads Review to come My copy was a gift through First Reads flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 Murillo Soranso rated it really liked it This was a beautiful book about a family on the brink of a revolution Learned so much about Iran, the customs, the traditions, and how things were before 1979 Heart breaking and joyful, all at once Sometimes I think the author could have gone deeper The side stories didn t all add up to me But those are my only critiques of the book A must read for 2019 flag Like see review Jan 24, 2019 Michelle rated it really liked it This book was very dense for its number of pages I really liked reading about this family flag Like see review Sylvia rated it really liked it Jan 23, 2019 Ashley Aumiller rated it really liked it Dec 18, 2018 Zohreh Shayesteh rated it it was amazing Oct 15, 2018 Chris Du Bray rated it it was amazing Feb 01, 2019 Kim Kokolus rated it really liked it Jan 30, 2019 Danielle rated it really liked it Jan 30, 2019 Kristyn rated it really liked it Jan 29, 2019 Maggie rated it liked it Jan 21, 2019 Kalen rated it liked it Jan 03, 2019 Janani rated it liked it Jan 27, 2019 Ira Giorgi rated it it was amazing Oct 19, 2018 Catapult rated it it was amazing Jul 09, 2018 Meredith rated it really liked it Jan 25, 2019 Lupita Reads rated it really liked it Jan 08, 2019 Katie Benson rated it it was amazing Jan 31, 2019 previous 1 2 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. My interview with the author want to pre order this novel This is the story of revolution, eclipses, and the constant grace of family in a world in transition Set in Iran and France, this story jumps between 1979 and 2012 during their respective solar eclipses The tense relationship between two brothers, the judge Akbar and the cleric Habib, pulsates through this family and the effects of their father s choices on both of their lives I love how this element My interview with the author want to p [...]


    2. A lovely and intimate novel about a family and their inner circle at the beginning of the Iranian revolution You get to know these characters so well, but the book almost feels like a fable or an allegory In that way it reminds me a little of EXIT WEST, another book where we see a larger picture through a close view of a few people that almost feels unreal You get a slice of life and society through the varied characters, and I particularly enjoyed it on audio with the author s delicate voi A lo [...]


    3. A beautifully written literary novel.Iran on the brink of the Revolution a family ,life on a family orchard life full of long lunches servants th pier help daily existence a family two brothers torn apart by the revolution by differences of radical views on the side of one brother and the other brother who wants his life his family to continue as it has been.A debut novel an emotional read a new author to discover thanks edelweiss for the advance copy.




    4. He felt the droves of people pushing past him, but it was as if he were invisible, a piece of litter blown backward in time To Keep the Sun AliveThis book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that s on a brink of revolution The story jumps between 2012 and 1979, and is set in France and Iran.Ghaffari has narrated the story of this family s struggle beautifully with characters you can relate to A religious man He fel [...]


    5. I really liked this book The story takes place in 1979 when the Iranian Revolution is just around the corner It is about an extended family who have a comfortable living from their orchard and lands Akbar now owns the orchard His brother Habib is a bitter man and mullah who uses his position to fuel the revolution bib is Akbars wife and a very good woman Madjid is a nephew who is in love with Nasreen The young couple have dreams of a life away from the orchard However, the revolution int I reall [...]


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