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Chicken with Plums (2004)

by Marjane Satrapi

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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.… (more)
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3.5 stars

I loved Persepolis 1. 2 suffered a drop off. And this one too. I just connect better with a child perspective.

All of the books suffered from ... how would you call it? You ever meet someone who talked about all the people in their world to you - people you don't know. You're trying to connect all the pieces and getting more confused in the process.

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  wellington299 | Feb 19, 2022 |
Another story about her family in Iran from the author of Persepolis. This one is the story of how her great Uncle, a musician, loses his will to live. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
Beautiful, beautiful. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
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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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Singh, AnjaliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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.

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