The Blood of Flowers (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
The Blood of Flowers - Audio CD - Unabridged Author:Anita Amirrezvani, Shohreh Aghdashloo (Narrator) At the age of fourteen, a young woman in 17th-century Persia believes she will be married within the year. But when her beloved father dies, collapsing in the field where he works with the other men from their village, there is no hope for a dowry. Alone and penniless, she and her grieving mother are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug th... more »e young woman has woven, meant, of course, for her married life, to pay for their journey to Isfahan. There they will work as servants for her uncle Gostaham, a rich rug designer in the court of the Shah, and be lorded over by Gostaham's wife.
Despite her lowly station, the young woman blossoms as a brilliant weaver of carpets, a rarity in a craft dominated by men. But while her artistic gift flourishes, her prospects for a happy marriage grow dim. Forced into a secret marriage with a man who will never take her as his first wife, the young woman is faced with a daunting decision: forsake her own dignity, or risk everything she has in an effort to maintain it.
Amirrezvani infuses her story with lush detail, brilliantly bringing to life the sights, sounds and life of 17th-century Isfahan: The dazzling architecture; the exotic Persian foods; the breathtakingly beautiful rugs. A sweeping love story, a powerful coming-of-age story, and a luminous portrait of a city, this is a universal tale of one woman's struggle to live a life of her choosing.
Absolutely fasinating story. Although the narrator's voice was very deep and difficult to understand at the beginning of the story, I found it to be very soothing after the first CD. I look forward to listening/reading more stories from this author. I would encourage anyone who listens to this to also listen to the interview with the author at the end of the story.
This was a wonderful story on how life can change in a heartbeat and you are responsible for yourself. Tells the story of how a mother and daughter have to rely on relatives to survive in Persia. Interesting learning about how women are treated, valued and used in the culture. A really good read and listen!