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:Historical
ISBN:194822609X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

To Keep the Sun Alive Reviews

  • Bookworm
    Apr 09, 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

    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...

    Iranian writing is always so lyrical, this is a beautifully told story. So full of the simplicity of family life before a war that will tear apart their families and country. I like how it finishes at the dawn of the trouble ...

    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. ...

    This is such an absolutely gorgeous book! Beautifully told, lusciously written, you feel and see the events unfolding, entering a world that is no more. Set mostly in Naishapur, Iran, in 1979, during the days leading up to a full solar eclipse and the Iranian Revolution, it tells t...

    "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. ...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...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...

    This book is a sad story. A family, like any other family... individuals each with his or her own story of love, jealousy, loss, joy, hope, wanting, and pain... the emotions that run the gamut as people live the ups and downs of life. This is a story of a Iranian family on the eve and ...

    The reader is taken though a story set in Iran right before the revolution, looking at the lives, troubles, joys and thoughts of various people set around long lunches and commentary about current events, gossip, etc. It was interesting to see a slice of life right before an incredibly...

  • Laura
    Apr 18, 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

  • 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

    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...

    Iranian writing is always so lyrical, this is a beautifully told story. So full of the simplicity of family life before a war that will tear apart their families and country. I like how it finishes at the dawn of the trouble ...

    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. ...

    This is such an absolutely gorgeous book! Beautifully told, lusciously written, you feel and see the events unfolding, entering a world that is no more. Set mostly in Naishapur, Iran, in 1979, during the days leading up to a full solar eclipse and the Iranian Revolution, it tells t...

    "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. ...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...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...

  • ingrid
    Apr 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...

    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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

    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...

    Iranian writing is always so lyrical, this is a beautifully told story. So full of the simplicity of family life before a war that will tear apart their families and country. I like how it finishes at the dawn of the trouble ...

    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. ...

    This is such an absolutely gorgeous book! Beautifully told, lusciously written, you feel and see the events unfolding, entering a world that is no more. Set mostly in Naishapur, Iran, in 1979, during the days leading up to a full solar eclipse and the Iranian Revolution, it tells t...

    "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. ...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...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...

    This book is a sad story. A family, like any other family... individuals each with his or her own story of love, jealousy, loss, joy, hope, wanting, and pain... the emotions that run the gamut as people live the ups and downs of life. This is a story of a Iranian family on the eve and ...

    The reader is taken though a story set in Iran right before the revolution, looking at the lives, troubles, joys and thoughts of various people set around long lunches and commentary about current events, gossip, etc. It was interesting to see a slice of life right before an incredibly...

    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...

    This is a story of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. The sections are each prefaced by the story of an elderly exile who lives in Paris. I wish there had been more about him. In any case, I liked the book more and more as it went on. The characters largel...

  • Dree
    Apr 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

  • Beverly
    May 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

  • Michelle
    May 05, 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

    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...

    Iranian writing is always so lyrical, this is a beautifully told story. So full of the simplicity of family life before a war that will tear apart their families and country. I like how it finishes at the dawn of the trouble ...

    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. ...

    This is such an absolutely gorgeous book! Beautifully told, lusciously written, you feel and see the events unfolding, entering a world that is no more. Set mostly in Naishapur, Iran, in 1979, during the days leading up to a full solar eclipse and the Iranian Revolution, it tells t...

    "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. ...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...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...

    This book is a sad story. A family, like any other family... individuals each with his or her own story of love, jealousy, loss, joy, hope, wanting, and pain... the emotions that run the gamut as people live the ups and downs of life. This is a story of a Iranian family on the eve and ...

  • 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

    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...

    Iranian writing is always so lyrical, this is a beautifully told story. So full of the simplicity of family life before a war that will tear apart their families and country. I like how it finishes at the dawn of the trouble ...

    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. ...

    This is such an absolutely gorgeous book! Beautifully told, lusciously written, you feel and see the events unfolding, entering a world that is no more. Set mostly in Naishapur, Iran, in 1979, during the days leading up to a full solar eclipse and the Iranian Revolution, it tells t...

    "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. ...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...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...

    This book is a sad story. A family, like any other family... individuals each with his or her own story of love, jealousy, loss, joy, hope, wanting, and pain... the emotions that run the gamut as people live the ups and downs of life. This is a story of a Iranian family on the eve and ...

    The reader is taken though a story set in Iran right before the revolution, looking at the lives, troubles, joys and thoughts of various people set around long lunches and commentary about current events, gossip, etc. It was interesting to see a slice of life right before an incredibly...

    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...

    This is a story of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. The sections are each prefaced by the story of an elderly exile who lives in Paris. I wish there had been more about him. In any case, I liked the book more and more as it went on. The characters largel...

    This is an interesting thread of stories that live in the mind of the author and come to the reader in a bit of a disjointed fashion. I had significant difficulty knowing who was who and how they were related and where this compilation was going. One of the more evocative scenes takes ...

    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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

    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...

    Iranian writing is always so lyrical, this is a beautifully told story. So full of the simplicity of family life before a war that will tear apart their families and country. I like how it finishes at the dawn of the trouble ...

    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. ...

    This is such an absolutely gorgeous book! Beautifully told, lusciously written, you feel and see the events unfolding, entering a world that is no more. Set mostly in Naishapur, Iran, in 1979, during the days leading up to a full solar eclipse and the Iranian Revolution, it tells t...

    "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. ...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

    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...

    Iranian writing is always so lyrical, this is a beautifully told story. So full of the simplicity of family life before a war that will tear apart their families and country. I like how it finishes at the dawn of the trouble ...

    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. ...

    This is such an absolutely gorgeous book! Beautifully told, lusciously written, you feel and see the events unfolding, entering a world that is no more. Set mostly in Naishapur, Iran, in 1979, during the days leading up to a full solar eclipse and the Iranian Revolution, it tells t...

    "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. ...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...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...

    This book is a sad story. A family, like any other family... individuals each with his or her own story of love, jealousy, loss, joy, hope, wanting, and pain... the emotions that run the gamut as people live the ups and downs of life. This is a story of a Iranian family on the eve and ...

    The reader is taken though a story set in Iran right before the revolution, looking at the lives, troubles, joys and thoughts of various people set around long lunches and commentary about current events, gossip, etc. It was interesting to see a slice of life right before an incredibly...

    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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

    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...

  • Theresa
    Mar 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

    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...

    Iranian writing is always so lyrical, this is a beautifully told story. So full of the simplicity of family life before a war that will tear apart their families and country. I like how it finishes at the dawn of the trouble ...

    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. ...

    This is such an absolutely gorgeous book! Beautifully told, lusciously written, you feel and see the events unfolding, entering a world that is no more. Set mostly in Naishapur, Iran, in 1979, during the days leading up to a full solar eclipse and the Iranian Revolution, it tells t...

  • Tracy
    Apr 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

    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...

    Iranian writing is always so lyrical, this is a beautifully told story. So full of the simplicity of family life before a war that will tear apart their families and country. I like how it finishes at the dawn of the trouble ...

  • 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

    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...

    Iranian writing is always so lyrical, this is a beautifully told story. So full of the simplicity of family life before a war that will tear apart their families and country. I like how it finishes at the dawn of the trouble ...

    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...

  • 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

  • Carol
    Apr 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...

    RTC ...

  • 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

    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...

    Iranian writing is always so lyrical, this is a beautifully told story. So full of the simplicity of family life before a war that will tear apart their families and country. I like how it finishes at the dawn of the trouble ...

    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. ...

    This is such an absolutely gorgeous book! Beautifully told, lusciously written, you feel and see the events unfolding, entering a world that is no more. Set mostly in Naishapur, Iran, in 1979, during the days leading up to a full solar eclipse and the Iranian Revolution, it tells t...

    "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. ...

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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...

    This book is a sad story. A family, like any other family... individuals each with his or her own story of love, jealousy, loss, joy, hope, wanting, and pain... the emotions that run the gamut as people live the ups and downs of life. This is a story of a Iranian family on the eve and ...

    The reader is taken though a story set in Iran right before the revolution, looking at the lives, troubles, joys and thoughts of various people set around long lunches and commentary about current events, gossip, etc. It was interesting to see a slice of life right before an incredibly...

    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...

    This is a story of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. The sections are each prefaced by the story of an elderly exile who lives in Paris. I wish there had been more about him. In any case, I liked the book more and more as it went on. The characters largel...

    This is an interesting thread of stories that live in the mind of the author and come to the reader in a bit of a disjointed fashion. I had significant difficulty knowing who was who and how they were related and where this compilation was going. One of the more evocative scenes takes ...

    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...

    RTC ...

    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. ...

  • Virginia
    May 19, 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

    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...

    Iranian writing is always so lyrical, this is a beautifully told story. So full of the simplicity of family life before a war that will tear apart their families and country. I like how it finishes at the dawn of the trouble ...

    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. ...

    This is such an absolutely gorgeous book! Beautifully told, lusciously written, you feel and see the events unfolding, entering a world that is no more. Set mostly in Naishapur, Iran, in 1979, during the days leading up to a full solar eclipse and the Iranian Revolution, it tells t...

    "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. ...

    ????????????? ???????????????? ...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...

    This book is a sad story. A family, like any other family... individuals each with his or her own story of love, jealousy, loss, joy, hope, wanting, and pain... the emotions that run the gamut as people live the ups and downs of life. This is a story of a Iranian family on the eve and ...

    The reader is taken though a story set in Iran right before the revolution, looking at the lives, troubles, joys and thoughts of various people set around long lunches and commentary about current events, gossip, etc. It was interesting to see a slice of life right before an incredibly...

    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...

    This is a story of life in Iran at the coming of the revolution in the late 1970's. The sections are each prefaced by the story of an elderly exile who lives in Paris. I wish there had been more about him. In any case, I liked the book more and more as it went on. The characters largel...

    This is an interesting thread of stories that live in the mind of the author and come to the reader in a bit of a disjointed fashion. I had significant difficulty knowing who was who and how they were related and where this compilation was going. One of the more evocative scenes takes ...

  • 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...

  • Briana
    May 22, 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

  • 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

    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...

    Iranian writing is always so lyrical, this is a beautifully told story. So full of the simplicity of family life before a war that will tear apart their families and country. I like how it finishes at the dawn of the trouble ...

    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. ...

    This is such an absolutely gorgeous book! Beautifully told, lusciously written, you feel and see the events unfolding, entering a world that is no more. Set mostly in Naishapur, Iran, in 1979, during the days leading up to a full solar eclipse and the Iranian Revolution, it tells t...

    "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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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...

  • 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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

    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...

    Iranian writing is always so lyrical, this is a beautifully told story. So full of the simplicity of family life before a war that will tear apart their families and country. I like how it finishes at the dawn of the trouble ...

    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. ...

    This is such an absolutely gorgeous book! Beautifully told, lusciously written, you feel and see the events unfolding, entering a world that is no more. Set mostly in Naishapur, Iran, in 1979, during the days leading up to a full solar eclipse and the Iranian Revolution, it tells t...

    "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. ...

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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...

    RTC ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. thoughts coming shortly ...

    3.5 stars The setting of this novel alternates between pre-revolution Iran (1978) and 2012 Paris. In Iran, we meet the various members of one extended family. Most live at or near the orchard inherited by one if the older wives--it has been in her family for generations. The orch...

    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...

    Rabeah Ghaffari's "To Keep the Sun Alive" is a book that I picked up from the library on a whim because the name is intriguing, I also make a point to read novels by women. I like historical fiction enough but the Iranian Revolution isn't something I'm super familiar with so I original...

    I wish there was a category between "read" and "currently reading" that left you the option to say "abandoned but might come back?" I just can't find anything to grab a hold of in this book & I have better books coming in at the library. I'm 130 pages in and the promised revolut...

    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...

    Iranian writing is always so lyrical, this is a beautifully told story. So full of the simplicity of family life before a war that will tear apart their families and country. I like how it finishes at the dawn of the trouble ...

    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. ...

    This is such an absolutely gorgeous book! Beautifully told, lusciously written, you feel and see the events unfolding, entering a world that is no more. Set mostly in Naishapur, Iran, in 1979, during the days leading up to a full solar eclipse and the Iranian Revolution, it tells t...

    "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. ...