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The Golden Cage: Three Brothers, Three Choices, One Destiny
     

The Golden Cage: Three Brothers, Three Choices, One Destiny

by Shirin Ebadi
 

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"If you do not have the power to overthrow the rule of oppression, inform others of the oppression."—Persian proverb
For over fifty years the Shah Pahlavi dynasty ruled Iran until Ayatollah Khomeini's 1979 Islamic Revolution seized power and began its own reign of tyranny. The questions about the revolution shape The Golden Cage while the answers shed light on

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"If you do not have the power to overthrow the rule of oppression, inform others of the oppression."—Persian proverb
For over fifty years the Shah Pahlavi dynasty ruled Iran until Ayatollah Khomeini's 1979 Islamic Revolution seized power and began its own reign of tyranny. The questions about the revolution shape The Golden Cage while the answers shed light on Islamic Iran's current events and tell us why it strives for nuclear energy, chants "Death to Israel," and claims to be the most powerful force in the Middle East and Muslim world.
History perhaps is best described through life stories we each can hold dearly. The Golden Cage is one such story about three brothers the author knew through their sister, Pari, a childhood friend. Each brother subscribes to a different political ideology that tears Iran and their lives apart. As Pari observes, her brothers live deluded lives in golden cages of ideology. These words mark the beginning of this story, illuminating the multifaceted, oppressive Iran of today and years past.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Nobel Laureate Ebadi's latest (after Iran Awakening) is a moving memoir about the family of her closest friend, Pari, with whom she grew up. "Our mothers had been best friends since they were five or six years old," she writes. "It was a childhood friendship, born from a handful of almond cookies, but it had managed to endure..." Ebadi is Iranian (her Nobel Peace Prize was awarded for her work with women and children there) and the bulk of the story takes place in Tehran. Readers with some knowledge of 20th-century Iranian history will best understand the many details of her tale, which focuses on Pari's three brothers: the loyalist Abbas, middle child Javad (who becomes an extremist), and youngest son, Ali, a military officer. Their stories are each devastating and tragic, but Ebadi's true sympathies lie with women, and it's in telling their tales that Ebadi's writing is best. What's more, the stories of Pari, her mother, and of Ebadi herself give the memoir a humanist scope, making it accessible for those who may lack compassion for the selfish and violent choices made by the men. (Apr.)
PBS Frontline
“Very powerful”
Diplomat Magazine
“Powerful declaration between each line”
Ceasefire Magazine
“Masterpiece... a beautiful innocence of writing”
Wall Street Journal
“Bold and brave”
Amnesty International
“Poignant memories... painfully real”
NPR All Things Considered
“Nobel winner writes of peace”
Director Isobel Coleman of the Council on Foreign Relations
“Gripping story... a sad lesson in how revolutions eat their own”
President Jessica Tuchman Mathews of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
“Amazing. Do not miss this book”
Executive Director Karen Greenberg of The Center on Law and Security at New York University
“Couldn’t put it down...guarantee you will be touched”
The Times
“Riveting ... this moving book is a monument in itself, commemorating friendship and the human spirit”
The Independent
“Extraordinary”
Library Journal
Currently living in exile in the UK, Nobel Peace Prize winner Ebadi (founder, Centre for the Defence of Human Rights; Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope) is an Iranian human rights activist, lawyer, former judge—and prolific author. Her latest work recounts growing up in Iran along with the three brothers of her childhood girlfriend Pari. Through the lives of Abbas, Javad, and Ali intertwined with major political events in Iran during those same years, Ebadi assesses how each brother formed his own unique political ideology, setting the path toward each one's distinct future. Raised as an equal with her own brothers, Ebadi only later realized that this was atypical in her homeland. She is staunchly committed to egalitarianism and recounts here a lifetime of turbulence: Pari's family coming apart because of their differences, Ebadi's own stint in solitary confinement for her political beliefs, and the alleged threats by Iranian authorities in 2009 that sent Ebadi out of the country. VERDICT Political science aficionados will enjoy this remembrance of life in late 20-century Iran. Ebadi remains convinced that democracy in Iran can still be adopted successfully.—Krista Bush, Shelton Public Schs., CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780979845642
Publisher:
Kales Press
Publication date:
04/30/2011
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
639,114
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Shirin Ebadi, a worldwide advocate for human rights, is the first Iranian and first Muslim woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (2003). Her book Iran Awakening has been translated into forty languages.

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