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Posted June 13, 2012
Author Anita Amirrezvani has written a fascinating tale that takes us into16th century Iran. To be swept back in time to an exotic location and time is why fans of historical fiction enjoy the genre so much. It is evident that the author has done a great deal of research. Like in most stories that feature a harem, there is a eunuch – Javaher. He is extremely well portrayed, highly believable, and very, very real. He faithfully serves the heroine, Princess Pari, the Shah’s daughter. When the country is left without an heir, the political manoeuvrings grow out of control. Pari is more than capable of running the country and tries to take a hold albeit behind a leader of her choice. Javaher is willing to go to extreme lengths and risk his own life to achieve her goals.
There is plenty of intrigue and character machinations throughout the story that will keep your attention throughout this well paced plot. Lovely poetry is included in various chapters. The poems sometimes added to the sinister mood the author was trying to create or brought a touch of humor to various scenes. Pari made a fascinating character. In a world where women mattered little, she remained strong throughout, unafraid to confront powerful noblemen who would not hesitate to kill her. I enjoyed this novel very much and would not hesitate to recommend it to avid readers of historical fiction.
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Posted January 7, 2013
Posted September 7, 2012
I enjoyed this book. The beginning started off rather quick when she was setting the foundation. Once the real part of the story started, with the new shah in the scene, I felt like it was easier to follow. The poems along the chapters seemed be the foreshadow into what that chapter held. I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys reading books with a mix of culture and fiction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 23, 2012
I have to say I was disappointed in this book. I guess it was the style of writing and the description of things that got to me as I thought some were very corny and reminescent of cheap love novels. But the story was fast-paced and I couldn't put the book down. It was a good way to learn about the life and times of early Iran, but the description of the clothing of the nobles and harem ladies was boring, as well as what food they were constantly served when visiting. I am sure a lot of research went into this book and the poetry and story-telling were very interesting; however, on the whole, I think it was poorly written. While I really admired the bravery and generosity of some of the female characters, the back-biting, slander, and gossip of the court were overwhelming. They spent so much money on themselves and their lifestyle that II wondered what was left for the people - much as what we have today.
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Posted July 6, 2012
Enjoyable read. This book started off very nice and kept me reading until I got to the middle of the book which for me slowed down drastically then started to pick up again. I found it interesting how Pari lived and the people who surrounded her. Nice story all in all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2012
Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani is a fictional book taking place in 16th Century Iran. The story blends a mix of historical and fictional characters to create an intriguing novel.
When the Shah of Iran dies, his court is thrown into a turmoil. Princess Pari, the Shah’s daughter, knows more about the affairs of the state than any other palace dweller. Together with her closest advisor, the eunuch Javaher, Pari tries to wield power from her golden cage.
I have never heard of Iranian princess Pari Khan Khanoom so I was thrilled to read Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani as my introduction to this fascinating woman. The book’s fascinating descriptions of Persian traditions and culture is its biggest strength and most captivating aspect. The parts which looked into court life, palace intrigue and royal family politics were especially appealing.
Most of the book focuses on how the cultural conventions pertain to the women in the court. The story is told through the eyes of Javaher, a eunuch (by choice!) who is working for Princess Pari. Some of the graphic aspects of the story made me, as a man, feel very uncomfortable including a graphic description of the castration procedure which gives me shivers to this day.
I did enjoy reading the book, the story was good but I would have liked it if the author would have stuck more to the historical and cultural aspects of the story instead of weaving in a mystery. However, the flowery language and gorgeous narrative had me appreciate the novel from the first page.
Posted June 24, 2012
Posted September 20, 2013
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