Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Blood of Flowers

Title: Blood of Flowers

Author: Anita Amirrezvani 

Rating: <3 <3 <3 

Summary: Both a sweeping love story and a luminous portrait of a city, THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS is the mesmerizing historical novel of an ill-fated young woman whose gift as a rug designer transforms her life. Illuminated with glorious detail of persian rug-making, and brilliantly bringing to life the sights sounds and life of 17th-century Isfahan, THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS has captured readers' imaginations everywhere as a timeless tale of one woman's struggle to live a life of her choosing.

Review: The Blood of flowers took me into the world of 17th century Isfahan, the story began with a young girl who had what she thought was a secured future ahead of her with a good marriage in front of her planned by her parents who were working hard to make sure that her dowry would be provided for her, however tragedy strikes when her Father develops a sudden illness while working in the fields and despite the family and friend's best efforts, dies thus leaving the girl and her Mother destitute and having to travel to the large city of Isfahan to stay with her wealthy Uncle and his wife who treat the girl and her Mother like servants rather than like loved relatives as the young girl unlike her Mother had expected.  

Some details in the story were very interesting like the way that rugs were made in the middle east, by thousands of tiny knots, and all the details, that went into them, however the "rash" decisions that the girl made seemed a bit abrupt to me in the storyline in accordance with her character, who seemed to go back and forth between wanting to please everyone with strict obedience, then all of a sudden making a decision that didn't fit at all with her personality as a character, also in the middle or end of some of the chapters, fairytales of her culture would be told which were enjoyable when they fit with the plot; but some did not seem to fit in at all and became annoying at times.  These and the ending which was abrupt to me, were my only complaints, that and I wish there had been more cultural and sensory details, all in all it was a good read. 

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