Friday, June 5, 2009

Rooftops of Tehran

Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji is another coming of age story that is told almost like poetry. The words create a small little block of Tehran in 1973 where rooftop gardens abound, and they are places where people hang out.

When Pasha, the narrator of the story, paints the pictures of his friends and neighbors, you can almost hear them calling, from his mother with her herbal remedies to his best friend, and the local geek. Each of these characters helps him become the man for whom he will become in adulthood and what challenges he will have to face. Not only does he have to deal with the challenges of falling in love for the first time, but his parents hopes and dreams, and the bigger challenge of the Iranian Secret Police... trained by the American CIA.

When things change because of an encounter with the police, Pasha is thrown into a world that he had not considered for himself. He would like to study to become a story teller, and through the authors poetic words of the narrator, if he had not been a fictional character, a rich tapestry of life experiences would provide him with just the right amount of "THAT" to quote the book, to make excellent movies and the ability to see things from an entirely different perspective.

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