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Chicken With Plums by Marjane Satrapi

Chicken With Plums (2004)

by Marjane Satrapi

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After something as strong as Persepolis, I was not so sure that Marjane could pull it off, but this is a hell of a graphic novel. The way the story goes, and moves and makes its turn is just amazing. Her story telling is strong, in a compelling way she was able to tell whithin few pages the whole life of this sad tar player. I never thought that chicken with plums could be so tasty. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
This is storytelling at its emotional best, raw and unblinking and masterfully arranged. What Satrapi has managed to do in a scant 84 pages is astounding--and heartbreaking. ( )
  Snoek-Brown | Feb 7, 2016 |
Not as good as her Persepolis series, I reckon. ( )
  olduvai | Jan 19, 2016 |
Summary: Marjane Satrapi's uncle was Nasser Ali Khan, the celebrated musician. In 1958, when his wife broke his instrument, he attempts to replace it, but it seems as though the passion that animated his music has gone out of him, and no new instrument sounds the same. Thrown into a deep depression, Khan makes the decision that he's going to die, and takes to his bed, unable to be roused by his wife, children, friends, or even his own memories of the past or glimpses of the future.

Review: This is a slim little book, but it tells an elegant story. It's structured very non-linearly - there's lots of looping forwards and backwards in time, since most of the book takes place inside Khan's head as he's laying in bed, thinking about his life, and waiting to die. Satrapi does some interesting things with these flashbacks, not just in terms of how the story itself, but also how the length and placement of these flashback panels influence the rhythm of how the story unfolds, and how the true meaning of Khan's decisions slowly unfurls in the mind of the reader. However, I thought this story wasn't quite as well developed as it could have been. Part of this was that the notion of "everything is awful, so I may as well die" is not a natural one for me, so I found it somewhat hard to empathize with Khan. I also would have liked to have seen more about his relationships with his children - what was there was very interesting, but it could certainly have been more developed. So, overall, this book tells a short but surprisingly complex little story in Satrapi's signature style, even if it didn't have the emotional heft of something like Persepolis. 4 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: If you like Satrapi's work, this is also worth a try, but I think it would also be of interest to a reader who is interested in non-linear narratives, and the way that stories can be built. ( )
  fyrefly98 | Aug 26, 2015 |
This was a quick read by the author of Persepolis. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't anything spectacular. ( )
  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
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Nasser is also visited by his children and his brother, thinks about the pleasures of the world — including his favorite dish, which gives the book its title — and reviews old hurts to his reputation and how others treated him. His suicide through neglect is a bit over-glamorized here, but it raises important questions of the nature of suffering in art.

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In her acclaimed Persepolis books and in Embroideries, Marjane Satrapi rendered the events of her life and times in a uniquely captivating and powerful voice and vision. Now she turns that same keen eye and ear to the heartrending story of her great-uncle, a celebrated Iranian musician who gave up his life for music and love.

We are in Tehran in 1958, and Nasser Ali Khan, one of Iran’s most revered tar players, discovers that his beloved instrument is irreparably damaged. Though he tries, he cannot find one to replace it, one whose sound speaks to him with the same power and passion with which his music speaks to others. In despair, he takes to his bed, renouncing the world and all its pleasures, closing the door on the demands and love of his wife and his four children. Over the course of the week that follows, his family and close friends attempt to change his mind, but Nasser Ali slips further and further into his own reveries: flashbacks and flash-forwards (with unexpected appearances by the likes of the Angel of Death and Sophia Loren) from his own childhood through his children’s futures. And as the pieces of his story slowly fall into place, we begin to understand the profundity of his decision to give up life.

Marjane Satrapi brings what has become her signature humor, insight, and generosity to this emotional tale of life and death, and the courage and passion both require of us. The poignant story of one man, it is also a story of stunning universality–and an altogether luminous work.

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The author relates the story of her great-uncle, Nasser Ali Khan, one of Iran's most acclaimed musicians, who discovers that his beloved instrument has been irrevocably damaged and renounces the world, its pleasures, and life itself.

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