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The Blood of Flowers
The Blood of Flowers
Author: Anita Amirrezvani
In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. But when her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780316065764
ISBN-10: 0316065765
Publication Date: 6/2007
Pages: 384
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 71 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 0
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reviewed The Blood of Flowers on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
Normally I pretty much stay with the same authors and read every book that they write hardly ever reading anyone else. The Blood of Flowers was very much worth the time. The book centers around the hardships that a young girl has to endure in 17th century Persia. The only negative thing I have to say about the book is it ends VERY abruptly. The entire book is thoroughly told in detail except for the last quarter where the author seems to kind of rush through the story line. Nevertheless you are still completely into the story and once you get closer to the end you turn the next page thinking the story is going to go on ( at the end of the book there is an interview with the author I didn't know about so I thought the book was about 30 pages longer) and all of a sudden you realize it's the last page. This may be because she plans on writing a sequel to the first. But it is very much worth the time and I would recommend it.
AZmom875 avatar reviewed The Blood of Flowers on + 608 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
This is an excellent book. It digs deep into a past culture and the persian rug making industry of that time. It has a rythmn to its writing that sucks you into the fables that are intertwined. You can smell and feel the places the character is going. Nothing really graphic or offensive.
knitter avatar reviewed The Blood of Flowers on + 64 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
The title of the book, The Blood of Flowers, is drawn from a poem called "Ode to a Garden Carpet", and carpets are at the center of the novel. The story takes place in Isfahan, Iran about 1620 when Iranian carpets were prized around the world. The story is about a poor country girl who loses her father at a young age and is then forced, with her mother, into a different life than that she had hoped to have.
reviewed The Blood of Flowers on + 76 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
A beautiful story about a girl's troubles and triumphs as her circumstances change drastically. I didn't realize what a jem this book would be when I picked it up but I throughly enjoyed it and it was one of those I just couldn't put down. I have recommended to several of my friends.
krisann avatar reviewed The Blood of Flowers on + 76 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This debut novel is beautifully written and offers everything I look for in entertainment reading: a beautifully-crafted story that allows you to immerse yourself with each character, a historic setting that is well research and an overall visual richness. This is a completely enjoyable book. Anita Amirrezvani has done an excellent job. I hope to see more of her work in the future.
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mamajek avatar reviewed The Blood of Flowers on + 4 more book reviews
Sensuous and transporting first novel filled with the colors, tastes, and fragrances of life in seventeenth-century Iran. Really engaging and intriguing story of a woman's reality in that period - the good, the bad, and the ugly - with great relevance today. I really enjoyed it.
justreadingabook avatar reviewed The Blood of Flowers on + 1598 more book reviews
A very interesting and engaging story showing the trials and triumphs of the womens lives in Iran.How they are considered of very little worth and the limited opportunities they are given. Very interesting in the history of tying rugs and how that is a major industry and
justreadingabook avatar reviewed The Blood of Flowers on + 1598 more book reviews
Wonderful wonderful book, loved the richness of the history and descriptions in this book. The story was very engaging and explained the role of women and how they are valued.
weekendreader avatar reviewed The Blood of Flowers on + 9 more book reviews
This novel was well written and had believable characters. I loved this book and couldn't put it down! For those familiar with Persian culture, this book quite accurately shows what life may have been like for the characters. It is not neccessary to be familiar with Persian culture to love this book. This book is the story about the hard life of a poor girl who has to overcome a lot. But with hard work, determination, and talent she gains self respect and admiration from others. I highly recomment this book. PG 13 rating in parts.
MSCOZY avatar reviewed The Blood of Flowers on
In 17th century Persia, a family lives in a small town with everyone knowing everyone. The mother had tried for years to conceive and finally got her daughter. It is a poor but happy family. Then tragedy hits and their lives are turned upside down. They must leave their small town and go to the big city. There they are treated as little more than slaves by their family but at least they have food and shelter. The city is a bit of a shock at first but they adjust. The daughter has a wonderful talent for making/knotting rugs. She pours her passion into her rugs, hoping to be able to sell them to obtain a dowry for herself. Not many men would marry her without a dowry. But fate has a way of upsetting one's dreams and she has to learn some hard lessons and fast. Not the ending I expected but even better!

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