To Keep the Sun Alive

To Keep the Sun Alive

A cinematic debut about an Iranian family and their fruit orchard, caught up in the Revolution of 1979 The 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 1979 The year is...

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Title:To Keep the Sun Alive
Author:Rabeah Ghaffari
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:194822609X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

To Keep the Sun Alive Reviews

  • Sarah
    Feb 07, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...more ...

    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari 272 pages What?s it about? This book takes place in Iran in 1979 on the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years later an expatriate Iranian in Paris thinks back to an earlier time- when life was different i...

    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 hi...

    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 nightma...

    3.5 but rounding up. An intense novel set in 1979 and 2012 Iran. And an Iranian expat in Paris [peripheral, but he plays a role]. Both years have a solar eclipse. The story of families--affected by the Islamic revolution and fundamentalism. Some of the story lines--a love story, ...

    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 abrup...

    A wonderful surprise of a novel, with vivid characters and a tense, tight-knit plot. Set in Iran as religious fundamentalism begins to change the country, brothers are set against brothers as each tries to defend his own beliefs. The backdrop of the tension is a fruit orchard belonging...

  • Michelle
    Jan 24, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...more ...

    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari 272 pages What?s it about? This book takes place in Iran in 1979 on the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years later an expatriate Iranian in Paris thinks back to an earlier time- when life was different i...

    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 hi...

    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 nightma...

    3.5 but rounding up. An intense novel set in 1979 and 2012 Iran. And an Iranian expat in Paris [peripheral, but he plays a role]. Both years have a solar eclipse. The story of families--affected by the Islamic revolution and fundamentalism. Some of the story lines--a love story, ...

    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 abrup...

    A wonderful surprise of a novel, with vivid characters and a tense, tight-knit plot. Set in Iran as religious fundamentalism begins to change the country, brothers are set against brothers as each tries to defend his own beliefs. The backdrop of the tension is a fruit orchard belonging...

    Note: I won this book on Goodreads.com. I found the book hard to get into. There were so many characters that I struggled to keep them straight. As the story went on, I became captivated. The ending left me angrier than I have been at the ending of a book in a long time. Guess it was ...

    This book describes the life of a family & those connected to them (friends, lovers, beggars) on the verge of the Iranian revolution. Sensuous (it will make you hungry!) and bittersweet, interwoven with folktales and snapshots of life in Paris for an Iranian immigrant. ...

    Beautiful prose. An author to follow. ? ...

    While interesting and often evocative, this family story leading up to and including the Iranian Revolution, did not fully engage me, as I expected it to. ...

    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and cannot wait to read it! ...

    A good book with all the hardships for a family living in fear. ...

    Review to come. My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads. ...

    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 ad...

    This book was very dense for its number of pages. I really liked reading about this family. ...

  • Jeffrey Mervosh
    Feb 26, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...more ...

    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

  • Andrea
    Feb 13, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...more ...

    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari 272 pages What?s it about? This book takes place in Iran in 1979 on the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years later an expatriate Iranian in Paris thinks back to an earlier time- when life was different i...

    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 hi...

    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 nightma...

    3.5 but rounding up. An intense novel set in 1979 and 2012 Iran. And an Iranian expat in Paris [peripheral, but he plays a role]. Both years have a solar eclipse. The story of families--affected by the Islamic revolution and fundamentalism. Some of the story lines--a love story, ...

  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Dec 08, 2018

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Feb 01, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

  • Shari Wampler
    Feb 27, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...more ...

    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari 272 pages What?s it about? This book takes place in Iran in 1979 on the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years later an expatriate Iranian in Paris thinks back to an earlier time- when life was different i...

  • Marcia
    Jan 23, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...more ...

    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari 272 pages What?s it about? This book takes place in Iran in 1979 on the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years later an expatriate Iranian in Paris thinks back to an earlier time- when life was different i...

    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 hi...

  • Paltia
    Feb 13, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

  • Patricia
    Mar 03, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...more ...

    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari 272 pages What?s it about? This book takes place in Iran in 1979 on the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years later an expatriate Iranian in Paris thinks back to an earlier time- when life was different i...

    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 hi...

    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 nightma...

    3.5 but rounding up. An intense novel set in 1979 and 2012 Iran. And an Iranian expat in Paris [peripheral, but he plays a role]. Both years have a solar eclipse. The story of families--affected by the Islamic revolution and fundamentalism. Some of the story lines--a love story, ...

    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 abrup...

    A wonderful surprise of a novel, with vivid characters and a tense, tight-knit plot. Set in Iran as religious fundamentalism begins to change the country, brothers are set against brothers as each tries to defend his own beliefs. The backdrop of the tension is a fruit orchard belonging...

    Note: I won this book on Goodreads.com. I found the book hard to get into. There were so many characters that I struggled to keep them straight. As the story went on, I became captivated. The ending left me angrier than I have been at the ending of a book in a long time. Guess it was ...

    This book describes the life of a family & those connected to them (friends, lovers, beggars) on the verge of the Iranian revolution. Sensuous (it will make you hungry!) and bittersweet, interwoven with folktales and snapshots of life in Paris for an Iranian immigrant. ...

    Beautiful prose. An author to follow. ? ...

  • Jessica
    Feb 02, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

  • Dominique
    Oct 15, 2018

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

  • Barry Payne
    Mar 01, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...more ...

    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari 272 pages What?s it about? This book takes place in Iran in 1979 on the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years later an expatriate Iranian in Paris thinks back to an earlier time- when life was different i...

    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 hi...

    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 nightma...

    3.5 but rounding up. An intense novel set in 1979 and 2012 Iran. And an Iranian expat in Paris [peripheral, but he plays a role]. Both years have a solar eclipse. The story of families--affected by the Islamic revolution and fundamentalism. Some of the story lines--a love story, ...

    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 abrup...

    A wonderful surprise of a novel, with vivid characters and a tense, tight-knit plot. Set in Iran as religious fundamentalism begins to change the country, brothers are set against brothers as each tries to defend his own beliefs. The backdrop of the tension is a fruit orchard belonging...

    Note: I won this book on Goodreads.com. I found the book hard to get into. There were so many characters that I struggled to keep them straight. As the story went on, I became captivated. The ending left me angrier than I have been at the ending of a book in a long time. Guess it was ...

    This book describes the life of a family & those connected to them (friends, lovers, beggars) on the verge of the Iranian revolution. Sensuous (it will make you hungry!) and bittersweet, interwoven with folktales and snapshots of life in Paris for an Iranian immigrant. ...

    Beautiful prose. An author to follow. ? ...

    While interesting and often evocative, this family story leading up to and including the Iranian Revolution, did not fully engage me, as I expected it to. ...

    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and cannot wait to read it! ...

    A good book with all the hardships for a family living in fear. ...

  • Rachel Parrott
    Nov 03, 2018

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...more ...

    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari 272 pages What?s it about? This book takes place in Iran in 1979 on the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years later an expatriate Iranian in Paris thinks back to an earlier time- when life was different i...

    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 hi...

    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 nightma...

    3.5 but rounding up. An intense novel set in 1979 and 2012 Iran. And an Iranian expat in Paris [peripheral, but he plays a role]. Both years have a solar eclipse. The story of families--affected by the Islamic revolution and fundamentalism. Some of the story lines--a love story, ...

    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 abrup...

    A wonderful surprise of a novel, with vivid characters and a tense, tight-knit plot. Set in Iran as religious fundamentalism begins to change the country, brothers are set against brothers as each tries to defend his own beliefs. The backdrop of the tension is a fruit orchard belonging...

    Note: I won this book on Goodreads.com. I found the book hard to get into. There were so many characters that I struggled to keep them straight. As the story went on, I became captivated. The ending left me angrier than I have been at the ending of a book in a long time. Guess it was ...

    This book describes the life of a family & those connected to them (friends, lovers, beggars) on the verge of the Iranian revolution. Sensuous (it will make you hungry!) and bittersweet, interwoven with folktales and snapshots of life in Paris for an Iranian immigrant. ...

    Beautiful prose. An author to follow. ? ...

    While interesting and often evocative, this family story leading up to and including the Iranian Revolution, did not fully engage me, as I expected it to. ...

    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and cannot wait to read it! ...

    A good book with all the hardships for a family living in fear. ...

    Review to come. My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads. ...

  • Ace Boggess
    Jan 29, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

  • Rachel León
    Jan 13, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

  • Murillo Soranso
    Jan 27, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...more ...

    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari 272 pages What?s it about? This book takes place in Iran in 1979 on the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years later an expatriate Iranian in Paris thinks back to an earlier time- when life was different i...

    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 hi...

    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 nightma...

    3.5 but rounding up. An intense novel set in 1979 and 2012 Iran. And an Iranian expat in Paris [peripheral, but he plays a role]. Both years have a solar eclipse. The story of families--affected by the Islamic revolution and fundamentalism. Some of the story lines--a love story, ...

    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 abrup...

    A wonderful surprise of a novel, with vivid characters and a tense, tight-knit plot. Set in Iran as religious fundamentalism begins to change the country, brothers are set against brothers as each tries to defend his own beliefs. The backdrop of the tension is a fruit orchard belonging...

    Note: I won this book on Goodreads.com. I found the book hard to get into. There were so many characters that I struggled to keep them straight. As the story went on, I became captivated. The ending left me angrier than I have been at the ending of a book in a long time. Guess it was ...

    This book describes the life of a family & those connected to them (friends, lovers, beggars) on the verge of the Iranian revolution. Sensuous (it will make you hungry!) and bittersweet, interwoven with folktales and snapshots of life in Paris for an Iranian immigrant. ...

    Beautiful prose. An author to follow. ? ...

    While interesting and often evocative, this family story leading up to and including the Iranian Revolution, did not fully engage me, as I expected it to. ...

    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and cannot wait to read it! ...

    A good book with all the hardships for a family living in fear. ...

    Review to come. My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads. ...

    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 ad...

  • Jamie Gilbert
    Jan 21, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...more ...

    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari 272 pages What?s it about? This book takes place in Iran in 1979 on the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years later an expatriate Iranian in Paris thinks back to an earlier time- when life was different i...

    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 hi...

    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 nightma...

  • Cherise Wolas
    Mar 14, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...more ...

    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari 272 pages What?s it about? This book takes place in Iran in 1979 on the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years later an expatriate Iranian in Paris thinks back to an earlier time- when life was different i...

    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 hi...

    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 nightma...

    3.5 but rounding up. An intense novel set in 1979 and 2012 Iran. And an Iranian expat in Paris [peripheral, but he plays a role]. Both years have a solar eclipse. The story of families--affected by the Islamic revolution and fundamentalism. Some of the story lines--a love story, ...

    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 abrup...

    A wonderful surprise of a novel, with vivid characters and a tense, tight-knit plot. Set in Iran as religious fundamentalism begins to change the country, brothers are set against brothers as each tries to defend his own beliefs. The backdrop of the tension is a fruit orchard belonging...

    Note: I won this book on Goodreads.com. I found the book hard to get into. There were so many characters that I struggled to keep them straight. As the story went on, I became captivated. The ending left me angrier than I have been at the ending of a book in a long time. Guess it was ...

    This book describes the life of a family & those connected to them (friends, lovers, beggars) on the verge of the Iranian revolution. Sensuous (it will make you hungry!) and bittersweet, interwoven with folktales and snapshots of life in Paris for an Iranian immigrant. ...

    Beautiful prose. An author to follow. ? ...

    While interesting and often evocative, this family story leading up to and including the Iranian Revolution, did not fully engage me, as I expected it to. ...

  • Kathy
    Feb 15, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

  • Linda Rae
    Jan 30, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...more ...

    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari 272 pages What?s it about? This book takes place in Iran in 1979 on the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years later an expatriate Iranian in Paris thinks back to an earlier time- when life was different i...

    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 hi...

    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 nightma...

    3.5 but rounding up. An intense novel set in 1979 and 2012 Iran. And an Iranian expat in Paris [peripheral, but he plays a role]. Both years have a solar eclipse. The story of families--affected by the Islamic revolution and fundamentalism. Some of the story lines--a love story, ...

    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 abrup...

  • Charlene
    Mar 12, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...more ...

    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari 272 pages What?s it about? This book takes place in Iran in 1979 on the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years later an expatriate Iranian in Paris thinks back to an earlier time- when life was different i...

    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 hi...

    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 nightma...

    3.5 but rounding up. An intense novel set in 1979 and 2012 Iran. And an Iranian expat in Paris [peripheral, but he plays a role]. Both years have a solar eclipse. The story of families--affected by the Islamic revolution and fundamentalism. Some of the story lines--a love story, ...

    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 abrup...

    A wonderful surprise of a novel, with vivid characters and a tense, tight-knit plot. Set in Iran as religious fundamentalism begins to change the country, brothers are set against brothers as each tries to defend his own beliefs. The backdrop of the tension is a fruit orchard belonging...

    Note: I won this book on Goodreads.com. I found the book hard to get into. There were so many characters that I struggled to keep them straight. As the story went on, I became captivated. The ending left me angrier than I have been at the ending of a book in a long time. Guess it was ...

    This book describes the life of a family & those connected to them (friends, lovers, beggars) on the verge of the Iranian revolution. Sensuous (it will make you hungry!) and bittersweet, interwoven with folktales and snapshots of life in Paris for an Iranian immigrant. ...

    Beautiful prose. An author to follow. ? ...

    While interesting and often evocative, this family story leading up to and including the Iranian Revolution, did not fully engage me, as I expected it to. ...

    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and cannot wait to read it! ...

    A good book with all the hardships for a family living in fear. ...

    Review to come. My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads. ...

    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 ad...

    This book was very dense for its number of pages. I really liked reading about this family. ...

    ...

  • Sam Glasbrenner
    Dec 21, 2018

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...more ...

    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari 272 pages What?s it about? This book takes place in Iran in 1979 on the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years later an expatriate Iranian in Paris thinks back to an earlier time- when life was different i...

    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 hi...

    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 nightma...

    3.5 but rounding up. An intense novel set in 1979 and 2012 Iran. And an Iranian expat in Paris [peripheral, but he plays a role]. Both years have a solar eclipse. The story of families--affected by the Islamic revolution and fundamentalism. Some of the story lines--a love story, ...

    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 abrup...

    A wonderful surprise of a novel, with vivid characters and a tense, tight-knit plot. Set in Iran as religious fundamentalism begins to change the country, brothers are set against brothers as each tries to defend his own beliefs. The backdrop of the tension is a fruit orchard belonging...

    Note: I won this book on Goodreads.com. I found the book hard to get into. There were so many characters that I struggled to keep them straight. As the story went on, I became captivated. The ending left me angrier than I have been at the ending of a book in a long time. Guess it was ...

    This book describes the life of a family & those connected to them (friends, lovers, beggars) on the verge of the Iranian revolution. Sensuous (it will make you hungry!) and bittersweet, interwoven with folktales and snapshots of life in Paris for an Iranian immigrant. ...

    Beautiful prose. An author to follow. ? ...

    While interesting and often evocative, this family story leading up to and including the Iranian Revolution, did not fully engage me, as I expected it to. ...

    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and cannot wait to read it! ...

  • Aaron S
    Feb 02, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

  • Ishaa
    Jan 07, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

  • Kate
    Feb 03, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

  • Jennifer Wrage
    Mar 03, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...more ...

    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari 272 pages What?s it about? This book takes place in Iran in 1979 on the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years later an expatriate Iranian in Paris thinks back to an earlier time- when life was different i...

    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 hi...

    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 nightma...

    3.5 but rounding up. An intense novel set in 1979 and 2012 Iran. And an Iranian expat in Paris [peripheral, but he plays a role]. Both years have a solar eclipse. The story of families--affected by the Islamic revolution and fundamentalism. Some of the story lines--a love story, ...

    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 abrup...

    A wonderful surprise of a novel, with vivid characters and a tense, tight-knit plot. Set in Iran as religious fundamentalism begins to change the country, brothers are set against brothers as each tries to defend his own beliefs. The backdrop of the tension is a fruit orchard belonging...

    Note: I won this book on Goodreads.com. I found the book hard to get into. There were so many characters that I struggled to keep them straight. As the story went on, I became captivated. The ending left me angrier than I have been at the ending of a book in a long time. Guess it was ...

  • Kristine
    Sep 19, 2018

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

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  • Jairan Shirazi
    Jan 20, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

  • Kaitlin
    Feb 02, 2019

    *My interview with the author: https://youtu.be/enkAAf1ners You 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 respect...

    Tears in eyes. This is not a book for light reading. This is a beautifully told portrayal of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. There are beautiful descriptions of family life in a well-run orchard where family members exhibit extraordinarily different per...

    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 l...

    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 ...

    A Very Captivating Family Saga! I really loved this book. It is a beautifuly told story through a great group of characters. I loved how layered they all were. I found that the author crafted a very realistic picture of a family being torn apart. You felt almost a part of this famil...

    I'm reviewing this one for Chicago Review of Books and will post a link to the review when it's up. ...

    I have no clue what to do with this book. The story has immense potential but time and again continued to fall short of expectations. Don?t get me wrong, I did like this book and depending on the person, I would even recommend it. Look, the author has a bright future, but needs to sh...

    I am laid down so low by this story. Rabeah Ghaffari?s story telling is beyond the beyond. Inside the near past and present are the long ago far away stories that will never be silenced. The characters on the pages leap out at you, tug at your sleeve and heart, asking that you listen...

    Really beautifully written. Loved the stories interspersed throughout and the use of the eclipse to tie it all together. Some characters were better developed than others. ...

    "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 Alive This book is about an Iranian family experiencing the impact of political instability and religious fundamentalism in a country that...

    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. ...

    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 cas...

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    ?What if certainty was madness? Would it not follow that doubt was reason?? The Iranian Revolution in 1979 was a period of chaos and sudden brutality, with many factions vying with one another to overthrow the Shah and anyone deemed remotely supportive of his government or Weste...

    www.thenextgoodbook.com To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari 272 pages What?s it about? This book takes place in Iran in 1979 on the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years later an expatriate Iranian in Paris thinks back to an earlier time- when life was different i...

    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 hi...

    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 nightma...

    3.5 but rounding up. An intense novel set in 1979 and 2012 Iran. And an Iranian expat in Paris [peripheral, but he plays a role]. Both years have a solar eclipse. The story of families--affected by the Islamic revolution and fundamentalism. Some of the story lines--a love story, ...

    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 abrup...

    A wonderful surprise of a novel, with vivid characters and a tense, tight-knit plot. Set in Iran as religious fundamentalism begins to change the country, brothers are set against brothers as each tries to defend his own beliefs. The backdrop of the tension is a fruit orchard belonging...

    Note: I won this book on Goodreads.com. I found the book hard to get into. There were so many characters that I struggled to keep them straight. As the story went on, I became captivated. The ending left me angrier than I have been at the ending of a book in a long time. Guess it was ...

    This book describes the life of a family & those connected to them (friends, lovers, beggars) on the verge of the Iranian revolution. Sensuous (it will make you hungry!) and bittersweet, interwoven with folktales and snapshots of life in Paris for an Iranian immigrant. ...