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Rooftops of Tehran [Read] ➸ Rooftops of Tehran ➵ Mahbod Seraji – Polishdarling.co.uk From a striking new talent Sandra Dallas, author of Tallgrass comes an unforgettable debut novel of young love and coming of age in an Iran headed toward revolution In this poignant, eye opening and e From a striking new talent Sandra Dallas, author of Tallgrass comes an unforgettable debut novel of young love and coming of age in an Iran headed toward revolution In this poignant, eye opening and emotionally vivid novel, Mahbod Seraji lays bare the beauty and brutality of the centuries old Persian culture, while reaffirming the human experiences we all share In a m.


10 thoughts on “Rooftops of Tehran

  1. Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ says:

    Full review EDIT Translated Books List s link 3.5 stars When I first realized that Rooftops of Tehran was very much a romance and not the political novel I thought it would be, I was surprised but curious The truth is, I ve never read a romance novel set in Iran Ever More than that, as a French woman, the only things I do know about Iran and it s not much are painted in a negative light And I m gonna say it That shit is dangerous Thinking in the lines of Bad Countries Full review EDIT Translated Books List s link 3.5 stars When I first realized that Rooftops of Tehran was very much a romance and not the political novel I thought it would be, I was surprised but curious The truth is, I ve never read a romance novel set in Iran Ever More than that, as a French woman, the only things I do know about Iran and it s not much are painted in a negative light And I m gonna say it That shit is dangerous Thinking in the lines of Bad Countries versus Good Countries is fucking dangerous because tell me now, if we judge a country its PEOPLE on behalf of its leaders faults, first we re flirting with Manicheism like real morons and secondly well I guess we re fucking hypocrites So, tell me, why does a romance novel even flawed is important Well, Mahbod Seraji s words in his author note say it better than I ever would At a time when the country of my birth is often portrayed in the news media as the enemy, I chose to tell a story about friendship and humor, love and hope, universal experiences valued by people in all times and places I wanted to show a side of Iran that s usually hidden from view its warm, funny, generous people A day like today, I really think we should sit one second and think about that even when talking about a far from perfect novel Because this book No matter how annoyed I could be at some point, how some details andimportant parts could have been handled better in my opinion, this novel reinforced this sentiment guys, I m sorry if it s not obvious to you and I don t want to offense anyone, but I am SICK of the way the whole book community is US UK AUS centered, including when it comes to diversity don t get me wrong though, reading about and from minorities living in the US is much NEEDED and important and I am willing to readanddiverse books, we can need to do BOTH Because, guysThere is a WHOLE WORLD OUT THERE There are THOUSANDS of writers who don t write in English, because some people, even writers, GASP don t speak English MIND BLOWN And they are very rarely translated because well I guess because it doesn t interest Americans enough I don t know I kinda think now would be the time to open up and start looking elsewhere, don t you I ve been thinkingandabout this lately and I m building up a blog right now I can t dive into the details yet, just know that I ll focus on translated books from all over the world By the way, if you have recommendations for me, please use the comment section I ll welcome them I created a list so feel free to add books there As I said earlier, Rooftops of Tehran is very much a romance yet firmly anchored in the real world, that is to say, 1970s Iran I found fascinating to follow the characters struggle because it gave me an insight that otherwise I would not have gotten When dealing with a different country, especially in the Middle East West Asia, we Western countries often focus on their leaders, while here on the contrary the story primarily brought the random citizens life to light This way, we the readers are able to see how the politics influence every part of the everyday of the inhabitants I loved that because it felt wayreal A warning though as I said, it takes place in 1970s Iran Parts of the narrative brought up by some characters and if not condoned by the mc, not strongly rejected either would make me reluctant to recommend it to members or the LGBTQIA community, because if sadly realistic at this period of time, they could still be triggering All in all, I was satisfied by the way political matters were tackled, even if I wish some issues wouldn t have been so IN YOUR FACE Yet even if the way the US was put on a bit of a pedestal annoyed me at some point, I very much appreciated that their role in helping the Shah keep the power was mentioned More than anything else in our world, we need nuances I know that 2016 taught us that the loudest people would win the day, but we need to resist the urge to express our feelings in snap judgments As much as I enjoyed following these characters, I can t deny that they sometimes lacked complexity, especially the secondary characters Indeed if Pasha and Ahmed s friendship was everything friendship GOAL here , the dynamics between the other characters were too superficial for me to get fully involved Zari especially made it hard for me to understand her her decisions especially near the end seemed too sudden and all over the place, and I had a hard time suspending my disbelief She didn t quite make sense to me In the same way, the romance was cute but I never really felt 100% involved in it As for the writing, some of the dialogues seemed likelectures than anything else, and I can t deny that it felt like infodumpish Iran 101 too Good thing I had never taken that curse, I suppose, but someone educated on Iran s history might have found it rather tiring Yet Rooftops of Tehran was very compelling albeit simple, and not out of world amazing, the writing made the novel extremely readable Am Ilenient because of the settings Maybe I am Is it really a big deal if I am I don t think so Look, I read so many uninspired romance novels taking place in the US, I sure enjoyed this oneLet s see what you think, shall we Forof my reviews, please visit


  2. Margitte Margitte says:

    I acquired this book a long time ago and it got lost somewhere in my stacks of books I was elated when I found it this morning, after trying to find it for many months, and decided to spend the entire Sunday in bed, reading a tale I marked boldly MUST READ on my TBR list in my diary in 2012 Colorful, descriptive, detailed, compassionate, entertaining, rich in color and culture, is how I would love to summarize this fictional biography which is mainly based on the author s memories of his life I acquired this book a long time ago and it got lost somewhere in my stacks of books I was elated when I found it this morning, after trying to find it for many months, and decided to spend the entire Sunday in bed, reading a tale I marked boldly MUST READ on my TBR list in my diary in 2012 Colorful, descriptive, detailed, compassionate, entertaining, rich in color and culture, is how I would love to summarize this fictional biography which is mainly based on the author s memories of his life in Iran, prior to living in America He uses a fictional protagonist, Pasha Shahed who regarded lifeas a random series of beautifully composed vignettes, loosely tied together by a string of characters and timeto act as himself in the narrative Pasha had five friends Ahmed, Faheemah, Iraj, Zari and Doctor Ramin Sobhi, a political science major and political activist on the SAVAK hunt list.The young people discovered the value and truth behind, humor, love, hope and friendship in a tumultuous time in their history, while the reader accompanies them down the alleys of the neighborhood, spend nights with them on the roof, peek with them into the neighborhood windows, and fall in love with the girl next door Warm, funny, generous people open up a culture that is normally hidden from the world.The story opens in 1974 with an old man standing somewhere in the buildings of the Roozbeh Psychiatric Hospital in Tehran, lost and disconnected from reality, chanting in an empty tone If I had a book, I would read it.If I had a song, I would sing it.If I knew a dance, I would dance it.If I knew a rhyme, I would chant it.If I had a life, I would risk it.If I could be free, I would chance it.If I had a horse, I would ride it.If I had a horse, I would ride it.If I had a horse Seventeen year old Pasha Shahed finds himself temporarily in a wheelchair nearby with no memory of how he landed there Slowly his memory returns through painful dreams A fictional tragic, but beautiful love story plays itself out amidst the revolt around the ousting of the Shah, in the 1970s in which a community have to deal with the secret police, and the devastation and torture resulting from the tyrannical ruler at the time.Most of the story plays out on the rooftops of Tehran and explains the title It was so beautifully done that I felt like a family member running around with the young teenager in the alleys, playing chess or soccer on the street, challenging the rigid religious teachers, cry, laugh and love with a community who took care of each other Four of the friends become involved in a tragic incident during a birthday celebration of the Shah of Iran, which will change their destinies forever There s humor, tears, miracles and misery, and Ahmed s grandmother who was roaming the alleys looking for her husband who passed away a few years earlier And Iraj who prefers to play chess against himself and then cannot decided who wins I have such a great admiration for Iran and its people Old Persia with its ancient civilization and intriguing history have an ongoing story to tell to the world, and I appreciate the authors who are trying to introduce the real multicultural Iran to the world Mahbod Seraji did a splendid job in Rooftops of Iran Last year we met an Iranian student doing research on leopards for his doctorate degree He stayed with us for a few months, since my husband has been sponsoring leopard research for many many years I was so surprised to learn that Iran has national parks, unbelievable wild life and one of the biggest leopard species in the world By the time I met Benjamin, I already got to knowabout this amazing, diverse country through the books I mentioned below The beautiful warmhearted people inspired me to readIranian authors who might enrich my knowledge of a country I would love to visit one day It is with this background that I wanted to read Rooftops of Iran a heartfelt biographical fictional story with a strong autobiographical element As such it is an excellent read since, IMHO, it does not really fall into the real novel classification such as The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Afghanistan story , although there is a little bit of suspense, lots of drama, and a well developed mystery to the tale with several colorful characters to fill up the heartbreaking, as well as heartwarming moments in the book.After closing the book, I wanted to readabout the author and discovered a audio version of the book on Youtube, a movie trailer and interesting interviews with the author.I m pasting the links below.Movie trailerhttps www.youtube.com watch v sci cInterviewhttps www.youtube.com watch v sFgzgA Goodreads interview other memoirs which introduced me to this amazing country were 1The Cypress Tree A Love Letter to Iranby Kamin Mohammadihttps www.goodreads.com review show and2A Beginner s Guide to Acting Englishby Shappi Khorsandi WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE for historical fiction, as well as fictional biography readers who loves to explore the different cultures of the world I loved it


  3. Tamera Davis Tamera Davis says:

    A friend in the media sent me an advance reader copy of this book It swept me away I m still struggling to find my way back into my real world yes, it s one of those books the story stays with you, the characters don t fade a beautiful touching story in the voice of a 17 year old, written like a pro, not a word out of place, not a thought out of character So visually intense I felt like I was watching a movie and not reading a book Powerful, magnificently powerful I was blown away by A friend in the media sent me an advance reader copy of this book It swept me away I m still struggling to find my way back into my real world yes, it s one of those books the story stays with you, the characters don t fade a beautiful touching story in the voice of a 17 year old, written like a pro, not a word out of place, not a thought out of character So visually intense I felt like I was watching a movie and not reading a book Powerful, magnificently powerful I was blown away by the intensity of the narrator s casual but sophisticated voice, his willingness to expose his vulnerabilities reminding me of my first love no I haven t forgotten you, if you happen to be reading reminding me of the moment I lost my voice, my wits, and yes, my heart, too I didn t want the story to end another 500 to 1000 pages would have sufficed Have no doubt, Mr Seraji, that soon everyone will be talking about ROOFTOPS OF TEHRAN just one question and you can send me the answer in a private email Did all this really happen


  4. Mansuriah Hassan Mansuriah Hassan says:

    This is such a lovely, lovely book I fell in love with the story and the characters It was far beyond what I could have imagined on any coming of age story to be It had me on the edge of my chair alternately sobbing and then cheering for the characters I have to call them characters to remind myself that this book is fiction The story begins in Iran in 1973 when the Shah is in power and his subjects are tightly overseen by his secret police Life continues as in many countries as long as th This is such a lovely, lovely book I fell in love with the story and the characters It was far beyond what I could have imagined on any coming of age story to be It had me on the edge of my chair alternately sobbing and then cheering for the characters I have to call them characters to remind myself that this book is fiction The story begins in Iran in 1973 when the Shah is in power and his subjects are tightly overseen by his secret police Life continues as in many countries as long as their political beliefs are in line with that of the Shah or if they differ, they must be extremely well hidden from all.Seventeen year old Pasha Shahed is in his last year of high school and when he graduates, his father will send him to the United States to study engineering He spends most of his free time with his friend Ahmed Together, the boys spend hours atop Pasha s roof, which is common practise in Tehran They talk of all those things that interest teenage boys school, teachers, their families, futures and perhaps, most important of all, girls Ahmed loves Faheemeh, a girl from a few streets away, while Pasha is in love with Zari, the girl next door who is engaged to another of his friend s.I love to read and learning about cultures that is different from mine This was my first exposure to Iran outside of news reports It was refreshing to learn of it s people and their daily life They have many of the same concerns such as housing, food, education, but they must also contend with a government whose foremost concern is their leader Any one who disagrees with the leader could be subject to dire consequences This is something that Pasha must be ever conscious of.The author, Mahbod Seraji, breathed so much life into these characters that I guess that they will not be forgotten The young love of Pasha and Zari had me goes head over heels I felt compassion for Grandma and was awed that the entire neighbourhood looked after her I could clearly picture the homes, alleyways, streets and rooftops At times I laughed out loud, and at the book s climax it had me crying P When you read it, you will find yourself wanting to go slowly, not wanting it to end


  5. Derek Emerson Derek Emerson says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Rooftops of Tehran offers us an important glimpse into Iran which most of us are not aware of in any real sense Even now we are reading about the protests and killings happening because of many people s dissatisfaction with the ruling party Rooftops also takes place during a time of frustration with the government, but this time it is with the Shah which the U.S put in power and the outcome not seen in the book is the eventual overthrow of the government.Here the time is 1973 74 and we foll Rooftops of Tehran offers us an important glimpse into Iran which most of us are not aware of in any real sense Even now we are reading about the protests and killings happening because of many people s dissatisfaction with the ruling party Rooftops also takes place during a time of frustration with the government, but this time it is with the Shah which the U.S put in power and the outcome not seen in the book is the eventual overthrow of the government.Here the time is 1973 74 and we follow the life of four high school students, two boys and two girls, working on the transition to adulthood Yes, a coming of age story, but with the secret police taking people without reason and erasing their existence, the decisions are a bitimportant.The best part of this book for many non Iranian readers will be the glimpse into the everyday world of Iran Many of us think of the Iranian woman in a burka as the common standard But here the burka is worn only by one extremely religious relative, the Masked Angel, in another city Arranged marriages do exist, but the main one in this novel is broken in the face of true love Ahmed and Faheemeh and the love of Zari and Pasha the two main characters is welcomed by both sets of parents.The drama moves forward when Zari s arranged boyfriend, Doctor, disappears after working as an activist against the government SAVAK is the name of the secret police force which becomes a character in itself, always watching and controlling people even when they are not sure of when and how We watch as Zari and the others deal with Doctor s disappearance, while Pasha deals with guilt of loving Zari despite her engagement and also because he is unintentionally responsible for SAVAK catching Doctor.SPOILER ALERT Usually I avoid spoilers, but since my biggest frustration with the story comes in the plot direction, allow me to spoil Doctor is killed in prison and the families are told to not mourn him Zari is, of course, distraught over his death However, it is clear throughout the book that she does not love him she likes him and that she loves Pasha So it is surprising and hard to believe when she sets herself on fire on the 40th day of his death a special time of mourning while running into the Shah s birthday parade Not only does she do this surprising act she is hardly a radical , but she brings Pasha and their friends along to watch much to their horror Pasha ends up in a mental institution which we knew he would end up in since some chapters take place there, although until this incident we never know why he is there Zari dies in her protest and Pasha returns home to find that the Masked Angel has moved into Zari s home they are neighbors to care for her parents It takes one meeting with the Masked Angel and her whisper of a voice to figure out that Zari is alive and living in disguise Why Well, reasons are given, but none are easy to buy SAVAK knows she is alive, so why hide it from anyone else It takes Pasha a while to come to this realization and we wait not so patiently for this to develop When it does she sends him off to the U.S to study so he can return to her This twist in the plot is unnecessary and way too cute to read without frustration But the anti climax of the revelation and the reunion of the lovers is also not worth the wait This book makes a good story for the sappy romantics of the world, but they can find better stories than this to entertain them I could be accused of a romantic leaning I do love Jane Austen , but this is too thick for me.What the book did encourage me to do is learnabout this country I still remember best for holding U.S embassy employees hostage I m getting a non fiction book on modern day Iran so I can learnof its recent history and current state If Seraji s intent was to interest us in Iran, he is successful It his intent was to write a great story, maybe the sequel will be better


  6. Mariam Mariam says:

    To be honest, i picked up this book after reading Mornings in Jenin with the soul intention of trying to repair my damaged heart with the words of a different novel To my dismay, my heartache only increased The characters came to life in my mind and i fell in love with Ahmad s character The message this book sends about standing for justice makes you think about how majority of the world stands by and watches in silence as the oppressors reign over the weak Readers will learn that a life wit To be honest, i picked up this book after reading Mornings in Jenin with the soul intention of trying to repair my damaged heart with the words of a different novel To my dismay, my heartache only increased The characters came to life in my mind and i fell in love with Ahmad s character The message this book sends about standing for justice makes you think about how majority of the world stands by and watches in silence as the oppressors reign over the weak Readers will learn that a life without freedom is no life at all, it is like living in a comma with a machine attached to you the machine being the oppressors who won t let you be You are technically alive thanks to this machine.but are you living READ THE BOOK


  7. Regina Lindsey Regina Lindsey says:

    Every once in a while you stumble upon a book that, after reading it, you want to stop everyone on the street, hand them a copy, and insist they run home and read Rooftops of Tehran is just that sort of book for me In many ways the themes are universal It is a coming of age tale in which two life long friends experience their first loves and shed the naivete that we all eventually must let go of when we realize life is not fair and is often cruel But, set in Iran during the tumultuous 70 s Every once in a while you stumble upon a book that, after reading it, you want to stop everyone on the street, hand them a copy, and insist they run home and read Rooftops of Tehran is just that sort of book for me In many ways the themes are universal It is a coming of age tale in which two life long friends experience their first loves and shed the naivete that we all eventually must let go of when we realize life is not fair and is often cruel But, set in Iran during the tumultuous 70 s, the reader gets a glimpse into the history of Iran as well as its rich culture In doing so, Seraji does his country a great service by bringing to light some of the lesser known aspects of the time I m always surprised to learn how many people are unaware of the U.S role in the 1953 coup d tat Further, so much of the writing regarding the 70 s focuses on the struggle between the Shah s followers and the rising Islamic fundamentalists Seraji demonstrates the danger those associated with Marxism faced He brilliantly weaves the country s history into the story by illustrating its impact on the psyche of the nation I wonder how we can explain this national impulse to cheat Maybe it sa matter of sharing than cheating I ve heard that people in the West compete at everything, and that you re either a loser or a winner In my country, we don t have that same competitive spirit Centuries of misery under the dominance of the Moguls, Arabs, and internal despotic rulers have conditioned us to stick together and help each other through unpleasant situations Finally, he does the best job I ve seen of illustrating the dynamics of US Iranian relations at this time I ve read about the misconceptions that Iranians held during the era about Americans in many of the non fiction books Here, Seraji, illustrates them in ways that are quite humorous and brings clarity to a complicated subject The book is incredibly well written For me, character development is critical to make my favorites list Here, the characters are so well drawn that you can t help but experience every emotion alongside the residents of the alley, and, boy, is it an emotional rollercoaster I laughed at the antics of Ahmed I cheered on the boys as they routinely stepped into aid each other I set aside the book twice to cry my eyes out And, I was often angry, wishing Pasha would forget his promise to the brotherhood of the boxing fraternity and knock someone s lights out The alternating periods during the first part of the book creates an incredible tension in the book as the reader quickly falls in love with the characters but understands early on that something devastating has occurred The only negative comment I can make is that the ending didn t work for me It simply wasn t plausible Because of that I should probably give it 4 stars, but I love the book so much I just can t.I will never look at a red rose again without thinking of this book


  8. Deb Deb says:

    Moving Touching Bittersweet A story that attests to the unbreakable spirit. I truly and thoroughly enjoyed every inch of this book I commend the writer, Mahbod Seraji who himself talks in the Readers Guide yes, it was that good I read into the readers guide about the struggle to learn English when he came to America from Iran, for the beauty and brilliantly colorful way he weaves his words and presents to us this work of literary art This is the story of Pasha Shahed, his undying love Moving Touching Bittersweet A story that attests to the unbreakable spirit. I truly and thoroughly enjoyed every inch of this book I commend the writer, Mahbod Seraji who himself talks in the Readers Guide yes, it was that good I read into the readers guide about the struggle to learn English when he came to America from Iran, for the beauty and brilliantly colorful way he weaves his words and presents to us this work of literary art This is the story of Pasha Shahed, his undying love for Zari, his martyred mentor Doctor, his humorous best friend Ahmed and his fianc Faheemah who all allow us a glimpse into their world seen from high atop the Rooftops of Tehran This is a story that winds itself inside your heart and finds a place to live there never to be forgotten Touching, wrapping around, embracing you within the very world of these characters until you read the last page and you find yourself wantingA need spreads and grows I want to know that they all are alright I need to know that they ve lived out their lives surviving hopefully better than what they all experienced over the short period that this book chronicled This is not an autobiography, so says the author but the spirit of these characters is so masterfully harnessed and embodied within his words you know in some way, some how, elements of these people did, do, must have walked the earth I ve learned so muchthan I knew about this country and this culture than I did before I read this book Iran As an American, I think I m supposed to feel some type of way toward this country and it s people As a person, a human being created by God I think, a country consists of a mass of people and how can I feel any type of way about a group of individuals I don t even know Who don t know me I don t know their individual stories and they don t know mine I can t blind hate, it s not in me Government stuff. Well, I m not very political and I leave that respectfully to those who knowMe, I love to learn about cultures and people that I don t know about, because underneath all the blurred lineswe are all humans who live, love hard, experience hardship and tragedy, admire beauty, wish for peace and equality, to give our children the entire contents of our hearts and to die in peace People at the crux of it all, are people We may differ in shape, size, color or speech, even belief but at the center, in the pit and depth of a human, we rethe same than all the differences the small minded can list That is what you will take away from this book That you felt and deeply Why Because change the name, the place, circumstance, change it all. What still stands, feelings Emotions This is the relation point The connection Any good book has it and this book hasthatNo doubt about it, this is one of those perfection 7 stars GR5 books for me I would have quotedbut just enjoying the story too much to stop and keep doing that when my available reading moments were precious to me It s a great story, I want to recommend it to all but I don t think it s for all It s full of love, it s full of heartache, it s tragic but it s also full of humor, culture and living I love a book that draws me in emotional If you re open to that, pick it up If not, respectfully leave it on the shelf I hate hearing books I love get ripped to shreds I don t know yet if this author hasbooks but I will check them out Not sure what will be my next read but the bar is definitely set high now


  9. Sepi Sepi says:

    Rooftops speaks to the universality of the human condition that knows no color, creed, sect or country It is a story of hope,despite the abysmal darkness of a great loss The voice evolves throughout the story, as does the young hero Its piercing reality, relentless humor and often heartbreaking anguish turns the pages, and all along we hope we hope that love fills the void left by the loss and we as readers are whole again.A touching tale that must be told


  10. Mojgan Mojgan says:

    This book is very close to my heart


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10 thoughts on “Rooftops of Tehran

  1. Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ says:

    Full review EDIT Translated Books List s link 3.5 stars When I first realized that Rooftops of Tehran was very much a romance and not the political novel I thought it would be, I was surprised but curious The truth is, I ve never read a romance novel set in Iran Ever More than that, as a French woman, the only things I do know about Iran and it s not much are painted in a negative light And I m gonna say it That shit is dangerous Thinking in the lines of Bad Countries Full review EDIT Translated Books List s link 3.5 stars When I first realized that Rooftops of Tehran was very much a romance and not the political novel I thought it would be, I was surprised but curious The truth is, I ve never read a romance novel set in Iran Ever More than that, as a French woman, the only things I do know about Iran and it s not much are painted in a negative light And I m gonna say it That shit is dangerous Thinking in the lines of Bad Countries versus Good Countries is fucking dangerous because tell me now, if we judge a country its PEOPLE on behalf of its leaders faults, first we re flirting with Manicheism like real morons and secondly well I guess we re fucking hypocrites So, tell me, why does a romance novel even flawed is important Well, Mahbod Seraji s words in his author note say it better than I ever would At a time when the country of my birth is often portrayed in the news media as the enemy, I chose to tell a story about friendship and humor, love and hope, universal experiences valued by people in all times and places I wanted to show a side of Iran that s usually hidden from view its warm, funny, generous people A day like today, I really think we should sit one second and think about that even when talking about a far from perfect novel Because this book No matter how annoyed I could be at some point, how some details andimportant parts could have been handled better in my opinion, this novel reinforced this sentiment guys, I m sorry if it s not obvious to you and I don t want to offense anyone, but I am SICK of the way the whole book community is US UK AUS centered, including when it comes to diversity don t get me wrong though, reading about and from minorities living in the US is much NEEDED and important and I am willing to readanddiverse books, we can need to do BOTH Because, guysThere is a WHOLE WORLD OUT THERE There are THOUSANDS of writers who don t write in English, because some people, even writers, GASP don t speak English MIND BLOWN And they are very rarely translated because well I guess because it doesn t interest Americans enough I don t know I kinda think now would be the time to open up and start looking elsewhere, don t you I ve been thinkingandabout this lately and I m building up a blog right now I can t dive into the details yet, just know that I ll focus on translated books from all over the world By the way, if you have recommendations for me, please use the comment section I ll welcome them I created a list so feel free to add books there As I said earlier, Rooftops of Tehran is very much a romance yet firmly anchored in the real world, that is to say, 1970s Iran I found fascinating to follow the characters struggle because it gave me an insight that otherwise I would not have gotten When dealing with a different country, especially in the Middle East West Asia, we Western countries often focus on their leaders, while here on the contrary the story primarily brought the random citizens life to light This way, we the readers are able to see how the politics influence every part of the everyday of the inhabitants I loved that because it felt wayreal A warning though as I said, it takes place in 1970s Iran Parts of the narrative brought up by some characters and if not condoned by the mc, not strongly rejected either would make me reluctant to recommend it to members or the LGBTQIA community, because if sadly realistic at this period of time, they could still be triggering All in all, I was satisfied by the way political matters were tackled, even if I wish some issues wouldn t have been so IN YOUR FACE Yet even if the way the US was put on a bit of a pedestal annoyed me at some point, I very much appreciated that their role in helping the Shah keep the power was mentioned More than anything else in our world, we need nuances I know that 2016 taught us that the loudest people would win the day, but we need to resist the urge to express our feelings in snap judgments As much as I enjoyed following these characters, I can t deny that they sometimes lacked complexity, especially the secondary characters Indeed if Pasha and Ahmed s friendship was everything friendship GOAL here , the dynamics between the other characters were too superficial for me to get fully involved Zari especially made it hard for me to understand her her decisions especially near the end seemed too sudden and all over the place, and I had a hard time suspending my disbelief She didn t quite make sense to me In the same way, the romance was cute but I never really felt 100% involved in it As for the writing, some of the dialogues seemed likelectures than anything else, and I can t deny that it felt like infodumpish Iran 101 too Good thing I had never taken that curse, I suppose, but someone educated on Iran s history might have found it rather tiring Yet Rooftops of Tehran was very compelling albeit simple, and not out of world amazing, the writing made the novel extremely readable Am Ilenient because of the settings Maybe I am Is it really a big deal if I am I don t think so Look, I read so many uninspired romance novels taking place in the US, I sure enjoyed this oneLet s see what you think, shall we Forof my reviews, please visit


  2. Margitte Margitte says:

    I acquired this book a long time ago and it got lost somewhere in my stacks of books I was elated when I found it this morning, after trying to find it for many months, and decided to spend the entire Sunday in bed, reading a tale I marked boldly MUST READ on my TBR list in my diary in 2012 Colorful, descriptive, detailed, compassionate, entertaining, rich in color and culture, is how I would love to summarize this fictional biography which is mainly based on the author s memories of his life I acquired this book a long time ago and it got lost somewhere in my stacks of books I was elated when I found it this morning, after trying to find it for many months, and decided to spend the entire Sunday in bed, reading a tale I marked boldly MUST READ on my TBR list in my diary in 2012 Colorful, descriptive, detailed, compassionate, entertaining, rich in color and culture, is how I would love to summarize this fictional biography which is mainly based on the author s memories of his life in Iran, prior to living in America He uses a fictional protagonist, Pasha Shahed who regarded lifeas a random series of beautifully composed vignettes, loosely tied together by a string of characters and timeto act as himself in the narrative Pasha had five friends Ahmed, Faheemah, Iraj, Zari and Doctor Ramin Sobhi, a political science major and political activist on the SAVAK hunt list.The young people discovered the value and truth behind, humor, love, hope and friendship in a tumultuous time in their history, while the reader accompanies them down the alleys of the neighborhood, spend nights with them on the roof, peek with them into the neighborhood windows, and fall in love with the girl next door Warm, funny, generous people open up a culture that is normally hidden from the world.The story opens in 1974 with an old man standing somewhere in the buildings of the Roozbeh Psychiatric Hospital in Tehran, lost and disconnected from reality, chanting in an empty tone If I had a book, I would read it.If I had a song, I would sing it.If I knew a dance, I would dance it.If I knew a rhyme, I would chant it.If I had a life, I would risk it.If I could be free, I would chance it.If I had a horse, I would ride it.If I had a horse, I would ride it.If I had a horse Seventeen year old Pasha Shahed finds himself temporarily in a wheelchair nearby with no memory of how he landed there Slowly his memory returns through painful dreams A fictional tragic, but beautiful love story plays itself out amidst the revolt around the ousting of the Shah, in the 1970s in which a community have to deal with the secret police, and the devastation and torture resulting from the tyrannical ruler at the time.Most of the story plays out on the rooftops of Tehran and explains the title It was so beautifully done that I felt like a family member running around with the young teenager in the alleys, playing chess or soccer on the street, challenging the rigid religious teachers, cry, laugh and love with a community who took care of each other Four of the friends become involved in a tragic incident during a birthday celebration of the Shah of Iran, which will change their destinies forever There s humor, tears, miracles and misery, and Ahmed s grandmother who was roaming the alleys looking for her husband who passed away a few years earlier And Iraj who prefers to play chess against himself and then cannot decided who wins I have such a great admiration for Iran and its people Old Persia with its ancient civilization and intriguing history have an ongoing story to tell to the world, and I appreciate the authors who are trying to introduce the real multicultural Iran to the world Mahbod Seraji did a splendid job in Rooftops of Iran Last year we met an Iranian student doing research on leopards for his doctorate degree He stayed with us for a few months, since my husband has been sponsoring leopard research for many many years I was so surprised to learn that Iran has national parks, unbelievable wild life and one of the biggest leopard species in the world By the time I met Benjamin, I already got to knowabout this amazing, diverse country through the books I mentioned below The beautiful warmhearted people inspired me to readIranian authors who might enrich my knowledge of a country I would love to visit one day It is with this background that I wanted to read Rooftops of Iran a heartfelt biographical fictional story with a strong autobiographical element As such it is an excellent read since, IMHO, it does not really fall into the real novel classification such as The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Afghanistan story , although there is a little bit of suspense, lots of drama, and a well developed mystery to the tale with several colorful characters to fill up the heartbreaking, as well as heartwarming moments in the book.After closing the book, I wanted to readabout the author and discovered a audio version of the book on Youtube, a movie trailer and interesting interviews with the author.I m pasting the links below.Movie trailerhttps www.youtube.com watch v sci cInterviewhttps www.youtube.com watch v sFgzgA Goodreads interview other memoirs which introduced me to this amazing country were 1The Cypress Tree A Love Letter to Iranby Kamin Mohammadihttps www.goodreads.com review show and2A Beginner s Guide to Acting Englishby Shappi Khorsandi WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE for historical fiction, as well as fictional biography readers who loves to explore the different cultures of the world I loved it


  3. Tamera Davis Tamera Davis says:

    A friend in the media sent me an advance reader copy of this book It swept me away I m still struggling to find my way back into my real world yes, it s one of those books the story stays with you, the characters don t fade a beautiful touching story in the voice of a 17 year old, written like a pro, not a word out of place, not a thought out of character So visually intense I felt like I was watching a movie and not reading a book Powerful, magnificently powerful I was blown away by A friend in the media sent me an advance reader copy of this book It swept me away I m still struggling to find my way back into my real world yes, it s one of those books the story stays with you, the characters don t fade a beautiful touching story in the voice of a 17 year old, written like a pro, not a word out of place, not a thought out of character So visually intense I felt like I was watching a movie and not reading a book Powerful, magnificently powerful I was blown away by the intensity of the narrator s casual but sophisticated voice, his willingness to expose his vulnerabilities reminding me of my first love no I haven t forgotten you, if you happen to be reading reminding me of the moment I lost my voice, my wits, and yes, my heart, too I didn t want the story to end another 500 to 1000 pages would have sufficed Have no doubt, Mr Seraji, that soon everyone will be talking about ROOFTOPS OF TEHRAN just one question and you can send me the answer in a private email Did all this really happen


  4. Mansuriah Hassan Mansuriah Hassan says:

    This is such a lovely, lovely book I fell in love with the story and the characters It was far beyond what I could have imagined on any coming of age story to be It had me on the edge of my chair alternately sobbing and then cheering for the characters I have to call them characters to remind myself that this book is fiction The story begins in Iran in 1973 when the Shah is in power and his subjects are tightly overseen by his secret police Life continues as in many countries as long as th This is such a lovely, lovely book I fell in love with the story and the characters It was far beyond what I could have imagined on any coming of age story to be It had me on the edge of my chair alternately sobbing and then cheering for the characters I have to call them characters to remind myself that this book is fiction The story begins in Iran in 1973 when the Shah is in power and his subjects are tightly overseen by his secret police Life continues as in many countries as long as their political beliefs are in line with that of the Shah or if they differ, they must be extremely well hidden from all.Seventeen year old Pasha Shahed is in his last year of high school and when he graduates, his father will send him to the United States to study engineering He spends most of his free time with his friend Ahmed Together, the boys spend hours atop Pasha s roof, which is common practise in Tehran They talk of all those things that interest teenage boys school, teachers, their families, futures and perhaps, most important of all, girls Ahmed loves Faheemeh, a girl from a few streets away, while Pasha is in love with Zari, the girl next door who is engaged to another of his friend s.I love to read and learning about cultures that is different from mine This was my first exposure to Iran outside of news reports It was refreshing to learn of it s people and their daily life They have many of the same concerns such as housing, food, education, but they must also contend with a government whose foremost concern is their leader Any one who disagrees with the leader could be subject to dire consequences This is something that Pasha must be ever conscious of.The author, Mahbod Seraji, breathed so much life into these characters that I guess that they will not be forgotten The young love of Pasha and Zari had me goes head over heels I felt compassion for Grandma and was awed that the entire neighbourhood looked after her I could clearly picture the homes, alleyways, streets and rooftops At times I laughed out loud, and at the book s climax it had me crying P When you read it, you will find yourself wanting to go slowly, not wanting it to end


  5. Derek Emerson Derek Emerson says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Rooftops of Tehran offers us an important glimpse into Iran which most of us are not aware of in any real sense Even now we are reading about the protests and killings happening because of many people s dissatisfaction with the ruling party Rooftops also takes place during a time of frustration with the government, but this time it is with the Shah which the U.S put in power and the outcome not seen in the book is the eventual overthrow of the government.Here the time is 1973 74 and we foll Rooftops of Tehran offers us an important glimpse into Iran which most of us are not aware of in any real sense Even now we are reading about the protests and killings happening because of many people s dissatisfaction with the ruling party Rooftops also takes place during a time of frustration with the government, but this time it is with the Shah which the U.S put in power and the outcome not seen in the book is the eventual overthrow of the government.Here the time is 1973 74 and we follow the life of four high school students, two boys and two girls, working on the transition to adulthood Yes, a coming of age story, but with the secret police taking people without reason and erasing their existence, the decisions are a bitimportant.The best part of this book for many non Iranian readers will be the glimpse into the everyday world of Iran Many of us think of the Iranian woman in a burka as the common standard But here the burka is worn only by one extremely religious relative, the Masked Angel, in another city Arranged marriages do exist, but the main one in this novel is broken in the face of true love Ahmed and Faheemeh and the love of Zari and Pasha the two main characters is welcomed by both sets of parents.The drama moves forward when Zari s arranged boyfriend, Doctor, disappears after working as an activist against the government SAVAK is the name of the secret police force which becomes a character in itself, always watching and controlling people even when they are not sure of when and how We watch as Zari and the others deal with Doctor s disappearance, while Pasha deals with guilt of loving Zari despite her engagement and also because he is unintentionally responsible for SAVAK catching Doctor.SPOILER ALERT Usually I avoid spoilers, but since my biggest frustration with the story comes in the plot direction, allow me to spoil Doctor is killed in prison and the families are told to not mourn him Zari is, of course, distraught over his death However, it is clear throughout the book that she does not love him she likes him and that she loves Pasha So it is surprising and hard to believe when she sets herself on fire on the 40th day of his death a special time of mourning while running into the Shah s birthday parade Not only does she do this surprising act she is hardly a radical , but she brings Pasha and their friends along to watch much to their horror Pasha ends up in a mental institution which we knew he would end up in since some chapters take place there, although until this incident we never know why he is there Zari dies in her protest and Pasha returns home to find that the Masked Angel has moved into Zari s home they are neighbors to care for her parents It takes one meeting with the Masked Angel and her whisper of a voice to figure out that Zari is alive and living in disguise Why Well, reasons are given, but none are easy to buy SAVAK knows she is alive, so why hide it from anyone else It takes Pasha a while to come to this realization and we wait not so patiently for this to develop When it does she sends him off to the U.S to study so he can return to her This twist in the plot is unnecessary and way too cute to read without frustration But the anti climax of the revelation and the reunion of the lovers is also not worth the wait This book makes a good story for the sappy romantics of the world, but they can find better stories than this to entertain them I could be accused of a romantic leaning I do love Jane Austen , but this is too thick for me.What the book did encourage me to do is learnabout this country I still remember best for holding U.S embassy employees hostage I m getting a non fiction book on modern day Iran so I can learnof its recent history and current state If Seraji s intent was to interest us in Iran, he is successful It his intent was to write a great story, maybe the sequel will be better


  6. Mariam Mariam says:

    To be honest, i picked up this book after reading Mornings in Jenin with the soul intention of trying to repair my damaged heart with the words of a different novel To my dismay, my heartache only increased The characters came to life in my mind and i fell in love with Ahmad s character The message this book sends about standing for justice makes you think about how majority of the world stands by and watches in silence as the oppressors reign over the weak Readers will learn that a life wit To be honest, i picked up this book after reading Mornings in Jenin with the soul intention of trying to repair my damaged heart with the words of a different novel To my dismay, my heartache only increased The characters came to life in my mind and i fell in love with Ahmad s character The message this book sends about standing for justice makes you think about how majority of the world stands by and watches in silence as the oppressors reign over the weak Readers will learn that a life without freedom is no life at all, it is like living in a comma with a machine attached to you the machine being the oppressors who won t let you be You are technically alive thanks to this machine.but are you living READ THE BOOK


  7. Regina Lindsey Regina Lindsey says:

    Every once in a while you stumble upon a book that, after reading it, you want to stop everyone on the street, hand them a copy, and insist they run home and read Rooftops of Tehran is just that sort of book for me In many ways the themes are universal It is a coming of age tale in which two life long friends experience their first loves and shed the naivete that we all eventually must let go of when we realize life is not fair and is often cruel But, set in Iran during the tumultuous 70 s Every once in a while you stumble upon a book that, after reading it, you want to stop everyone on the street, hand them a copy, and insist they run home and read Rooftops of Tehran is just that sort of book for me In many ways the themes are universal It is a coming of age tale in which two life long friends experience their first loves and shed the naivete that we all eventually must let go of when we realize life is not fair and is often cruel But, set in Iran during the tumultuous 70 s, the reader gets a glimpse into the history of Iran as well as its rich culture In doing so, Seraji does his country a great service by bringing to light some of the lesser known aspects of the time I m always surprised to learn how many people are unaware of the U.S role in the 1953 coup d tat Further, so much of the writing regarding the 70 s focuses on the struggle between the Shah s followers and the rising Islamic fundamentalists Seraji demonstrates the danger those associated with Marxism faced He brilliantly weaves the country s history into the story by illustrating its impact on the psyche of the nation I wonder how we can explain this national impulse to cheat Maybe it sa matter of sharing than cheating I ve heard that people in the West compete at everything, and that you re either a loser or a winner In my country, we don t have that same competitive spirit Centuries of misery under the dominance of the Moguls, Arabs, and internal despotic rulers have conditioned us to stick together and help each other through unpleasant situations Finally, he does the best job I ve seen of illustrating the dynamics of US Iranian relations at this time I ve read about the misconceptions that Iranians held during the era about Americans in many of the non fiction books Here, Seraji, illustrates them in ways that are quite humorous and brings clarity to a complicated subject The book is incredibly well written For me, character development is critical to make my favorites list Here, the characters are so well drawn that you can t help but experience every emotion alongside the residents of the alley, and, boy, is it an emotional rollercoaster I laughed at the antics of Ahmed I cheered on the boys as they routinely stepped into aid each other I set aside the book twice to cry my eyes out And, I was often angry, wishing Pasha would forget his promise to the brotherhood of the boxing fraternity and knock someone s lights out The alternating periods during the first part of the book creates an incredible tension in the book as the reader quickly falls in love with the characters but understands early on that something devastating has occurred The only negative comment I can make is that the ending didn t work for me It simply wasn t plausible Because of that I should probably give it 4 stars, but I love the book so much I just can t.I will never look at a red rose again without thinking of this book


  8. Deb Deb says:

    Moving Touching Bittersweet A story that attests to the unbreakable spirit. I truly and thoroughly enjoyed every inch of this book I commend the writer, Mahbod Seraji who himself talks in the Readers Guide yes, it was that good I read into the readers guide about the struggle to learn English when he came to America from Iran, for the beauty and brilliantly colorful way he weaves his words and presents to us this work of literary art This is the story of Pasha Shahed, his undying love Moving Touching Bittersweet A story that attests to the unbreakable spirit. I truly and thoroughly enjoyed every inch of this book I commend the writer, Mahbod Seraji who himself talks in the Readers Guide yes, it was that good I read into the readers guide about the struggle to learn English when he came to America from Iran, for the beauty and brilliantly colorful way he weaves his words and presents to us this work of literary art This is the story of Pasha Shahed, his undying love for Zari, his martyred mentor Doctor, his humorous best friend Ahmed and his fianc Faheemah who all allow us a glimpse into their world seen from high atop the Rooftops of Tehran This is a story that winds itself inside your heart and finds a place to live there never to be forgotten Touching, wrapping around, embracing you within the very world of these characters until you read the last page and you find yourself wantingA need spreads and grows I want to know that they all are alright I need to know that they ve lived out their lives surviving hopefully better than what they all experienced over the short period that this book chronicled This is not an autobiography, so says the author but the spirit of these characters is so masterfully harnessed and embodied within his words you know in some way, some how, elements of these people did, do, must have walked the earth I ve learned so muchthan I knew about this country and this culture than I did before I read this book Iran As an American, I think I m supposed to feel some type of way toward this country and it s people As a person, a human being created by God I think, a country consists of a mass of people and how can I feel any type of way about a group of individuals I don t even know Who don t know me I don t know their individual stories and they don t know mine I can t blind hate, it s not in me Government stuff. Well, I m not very political and I leave that respectfully to those who knowMe, I love to learn about cultures and people that I don t know about, because underneath all the blurred lineswe are all humans who live, love hard, experience hardship and tragedy, admire beauty, wish for peace and equality, to give our children the entire contents of our hearts and to die in peace People at the crux of it all, are people We may differ in shape, size, color or speech, even belief but at the center, in the pit and depth of a human, we rethe same than all the differences the small minded can list That is what you will take away from this book That you felt and deeply Why Because change the name, the place, circumstance, change it all. What still stands, feelings Emotions This is the relation point The connection Any good book has it and this book hasthatNo doubt about it, this is one of those perfection 7 stars GR5 books for me I would have quotedbut just enjoying the story too much to stop and keep doing that when my available reading moments were precious to me It s a great story, I want to recommend it to all but I don t think it s for all It s full of love, it s full of heartache, it s tragic but it s also full of humor, culture and living I love a book that draws me in emotional If you re open to that, pick it up If not, respectfully leave it on the shelf I hate hearing books I love get ripped to shreds I don t know yet if this author hasbooks but I will check them out Not sure what will be my next read but the bar is definitely set high now


  9. Sepi Sepi says:

    Rooftops speaks to the universality of the human condition that knows no color, creed, sect or country It is a story of hope,despite the abysmal darkness of a great loss The voice evolves throughout the story, as does the young hero Its piercing reality, relentless humor and often heartbreaking anguish turns the pages, and all along we hope we hope that love fills the void left by the loss and we as readers are whole again.A touching tale that must be told


  10. Mojgan Mojgan says:

    This book is very close to my heart


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