Solacers

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Solacers tells the touching story of a 5-year old child's search for family life and safety following the divorce of his parents in Iran during the 1960's. The first child of a heartless father and a discarded mother is left to fend for himself on the streets of Mashhad, seeking food and shelter wherever he can. His lonely early years are an unbelievable tale of cruelty and betrayal on the part of nearly everyone who might be expected to help, save for one aunt who does her best...
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Overview

Solacers tells the touching story of a 5-year old child's search for family life and safety following the divorce of his parents in Iran during the 1960's. The first child of a heartless father and a discarded mother is left to fend for himself on the streets of Mashhad, seeking food and shelter wherever he can. His lonely early years are an unbelievable tale of cruelty and betrayal on the part of nearly everyone who might be expected to help, save for one aunt who does her best to keep him from starving.

But living a harsh and solitary existence has one advantage for this little boy: other than forcing him to be self-reliant, no one attempts to indoctrinate him on rural Iranian society's archaic cultural values and religious beliefs. And so he never accepts his wretched state as fate, choosing instead to dream big dreams about getting an education, having his own family, and starting a new life – possibly in the faraway land called America. He makes a plan and by the age of 17 he boards a plane to the land of possibilities, where his dreams eventually also take flight.

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Editorial Reviews

Hans Massaquoi
A story of hope, determination, and forgiveness, Solacers is a remarkable tale of resilience and optimism, with lessons for us all,” say Hans J. Massaquoi, retired managing editor of Ebony Magazine and the author of best-selling book, Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany. “Golmakani gives voice to children everywhere who long for nurturing and hunger for security.”
Book Review - Hans Massaquoi
“A story of hope, determination, and forgiveness, Solacers is a remarkable tale of resilience and optimism, with lessons for us all,” say Hans J. Massaquoi, retired managing editor of Ebony Magazine and the author of best-selling book, Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany. “Golmakani gives voice to children everywhere who long for nurturing and hunger for security.”
Book Review - Robert daCosta
"Solacers is one of the most captivating and interesting books I have ever read. It is touchingly and sensitively written with pathos and intellect.”
--Retired Editor-in-Chief Defense Science Magazines
Online College - Online College.org
On of the "30 Moving memoirs every student should read."
--OnlineCollege.org
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615445267
  • Publisher: Red Corn Poppy Books
  • Publication date: 3/21/2011
  • Edition description: ARION GOLMAKANI
  • Pages: 289
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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"A story of hope, determination, and forgiveness, Solacers is a remarkable tale of resilience and optimism, with lessons for us all,"say Hans J. Massaquoi, retired managing editor of Ebony Magazine and the author of best-selling book, Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany. "Golmakani gives voice to children everywhere who long for nurturing and hunger for security."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Truly a rare and great read. I loved this book!

    Truly a rare and great read. I loved this book!

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  • Posted February 9, 2013

    What I love about this book is that it is "different."

    What I love about this book is that it is "different." Different in style of writing, different in the way the story is told and different is the story itself. I have read a lot of books written about the Middle East but none like this. I must admit, when I first read the description of the book here on this website, I said to myself; oh no, not another "escape from Iran" story. I have read some of those books where rich folks from over there immigrate to US, move to Beverly Hills and write about their experience, and I wasn’t impressed. But since my mother had insisted that I should read this book, I went ahead and purchased it and I am so glad I did. I was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful story of this little boy. How he freed himself by letting go of “expectations” and holding no grudge. The story is spiritual, romantic, sad, at times witty and free of any agenda. I would highly recommend Solacers.     

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    One of the best books I've ever read.

    Solacers is a wrenching, heartbreaking -- yet ultimately uplifting -- story about a little boy abandoned by his parents and how he survives and eventually thrives. It is written without self-pity nor anger. Rather, he tells the story in a matter-of-fact, yet poetic manner. Characters and scenes are painted vividly with detail.

    Golmakani recalls many painful and sometimes humiliating events of his past, but manages to persevere and put it all behind him. It is an unforgettable book that should be at the top of anyone's must-read list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Soo good

    This book was very good, i will recommend this book to friends and family.

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    A Must Read!

    A very enthralling read of the author's life growing up in Iran. There were times that I felt like I was almost there with was happening, and other times that I just wanted to read more of what was going on :)

    Thank you for having this in a giveaway program also and giving me a chance to win and review this copy. Thank you Arion! :)

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    This book will warm your heart

    Solacers is the story of a young boys quest for a better life. Along the way Golmakani encounters obstacles that seem to continually conspire against him. He is forced to endure physical abuse, rejection and abandonment, living in the shadows, not knowing what tomorrow will bring. It's unimaginable that such a young child could overcome these hurdles. You will find yourself rooting for him, hoping that fate will intervene on his behalf. Golmakani displays unwavering spirit and shows that anything is possible if we continue to believe in ourselves.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Iranian Huck Finn

    Arion Golmakani's memoir, Solacers, is the story of his often grueling and always challenging childhood in pre-revolutionary Iran. It will grip you from the first page, as a little boy is taken away from his mother, yet again, with her permission. If you're a little boy in Iran in the early sixties-unwanted by your family, passed from one foster home to another-where do you go, what do you do, and where do you find solace? You might expect this to be a depressing tale, and that this young boy would quickly become bitter and hardened; after all, he's been abandoned by his mother and father. Instead, the reader is immediately drawn to the main character, who doesn't indulge in self-pity but rather meets his ordeals and hardships head-on. Sort of an Iranian Huck Finn but with a sweeter disposition. This endearing boy's temerity and often self-deprecating storytelling style will keep you turning the pages; throughout his youth he encounters people who are cruel or indifferent, but also finds many solacers. The characters are not portrayed as either good or evil, but as complex people with their own motivations and troubles. As the young boy deals with the intricacies of human behavior, his own humanity and questioning spirit shine through. This beautifully written book gives us a glimpse into another time, while reminding us that we humans are all in this together regardless of what culture or era we inhabit. Solacers is suspenseful, moving, sometimes humorous, and always interesting.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    A Fascinating Story of Believing in the Power of Dreams & Perseverance

    After reading Solacers, the reader will come away with the realization and validation for the justification in believing in a better tomorrow; this appears to be a recurring theme throughout the memoir. From the very opening pages, I found myself captivated by the ensuing narrative of Golmakani's extremely hard and difficult existence in the back villages of Iran. Every page afforded me the opportunity to witness the author's trials and tribulations-from the opening page to the last. So enmeshed do we become in this memoir that it becomes difficult to not feel the personal pains that the author descriptively lays out before us. We also find ourselves cheering for him during those fleeting periods in his life when things appear to be going his way (as with his new-found relationship with Molouk, a ten year old light years ahead of her physical age-and later Sarah who befriended him on the river's edge).
    Throughout all the hardships he endures while growing up, he never once gave up on the notion that his tomorrows would justify the many sacrifices encountered along the way. We soon learn that it was those never-ending thoughts of tomorrow, coupled with a number of helping hands along the way that enabled him to realize his youthful dreams. Even with those helping hands, however, it was his inner desire for a better life that catapulted him in his survival against great odds.
    Solacers effortlessly records his youthful struggles to find a better life for himself and, above all, to be loved, unconditionally. Golmakani convincingly demonstrates throughout the memoir that in spite of external forces forever attempting to beat us back, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for those that maintain a sense of faith and hope.
    Even though we learn upfront in his Prologue that "This is not a book about Iran or the Iranian people," we nevertheless gain a wealth of knowledge of the prevailing culture of Iran and its people during the sixties and seventies leading up to the Iranian Revolution-a revolution which eventually toppled the long reign of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1979. It was interesting to note that in spite of those that sought to beat him back, he bears no animosity towards them. As he sought the forgiveness of others, so too did he openly forgive. A must read for those looking for inspiration in overcoming personal hardships.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    I cried, I laughed and I was inspired by this book

    A wonderful story about being human. I loved it.

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