Song of a Captive Bird

Song of a Captive Bird

A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing poet Forugh Farrokhzhad, who defied Iranian society to find her voice and her destiny ?Remember the flight, for the bird is mortal.??Forugh Farrokhzad All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh is told that Iranian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel?gossiping A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing poet Forugh Farrokhzhad, who defied Iranian society to f...

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Title:Song of a Captive Bird
Author:Jasmin Darznik
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Song of a Captive Bird
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:401 pages pages

Song of a Captive Bird Reviews

  • Elyse Walters
    Feb 19, 2018
    Audiobook....narrated by Mozhan Marno 5++++stars!!!!! LOVED IT! ABSOLUTELY MESMERIZING!!! GORGEOUS PROSE!!! BEAUTIFUL NOVEL!!! ......Historical Fiction doesn?t get much better!!! ......this is a fascinating story about a powerhouse Iranian woman - poet and filmmaker - who died...
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    Jan 15, 2018
    3.5 stars In Song of a Captive Bird (a beautiful and perfect title), author Jasmin Darznik is the voice for Iranian poet, Forugh Farrokhzad. Forugh - an influential poet of the 20th century - was notorious for rebelling against cultural norms, especially in her work. Forugh's a...
  • Simone
    Feb 12, 2018
    I absolutely adored this book and even though it?s 416 pages, I finished it in a day and a half. The story follows loosely the real life of an Iranian poet named Forough Farrokhzad. She was a rebel in a world where women weren?t allowed to be rebellious. She was the embodiment of l...
  • Jamie
    Sep 20, 2017
    This was a galley from Netgalley. Heartbreaking look into the life of poet Forough Farrokzad and life for her as an Iranian woman in the 50's and 60's. Good Read! ...
  • sylvie
    Oct 22, 2017
    I'd like to thank Jasmin Darznik for her honest description of an Iran we do not often hear about, the Shah's modern Iran. It's restrictions, brutality. Forough Farrokhsad grew up in the Shah's Iran. One can only imagine the courage it took Forough to follow her calling, writing poems...
  • Christine
    Mar 20, 2018
    I really enjoyed this debut novel! It's wonderful when I learn something new about another culture and (in)famous person from a country extremely different from my own. I listened to the audio version of this book, and it was fantastic! Highly recommend! ...
  • Brina
    Feb 03, 2018
    Toward the end of last year I joined the moderator team of the group retro chapter chicks. We take part in a variety of historical fiction and nonfiction history group reads and discussions, and are given an occasional opportunity to review advance reader copies. One such book is Song ...
  • Tasha
    May 27, 2018
    Overall I enjoyed this story. I had to keep reminding myself that this was not an autobiography, it had that feel and I think it worked well. I really like learning about new people I haven't heard of before and not being into poetry, I had never heard of Forugh but I'm likely to never...
  • Yelda Basar Moers
    Feb 27, 2018
    "Mine was a country where they said a woman's nature is riddled with sin, where they claimed that women's voices had the power to drive men to lust and distract them from matters of both heaven and earth...Because I was a woman, they wanted to silence the screams on my lips and stifle ...
  • Liz
    Feb 11, 2018
    Iran in the mid 20th century was not a fun place to be a woman. A girl?s education stopped when she was fourteen. A lack of virginal blood on a wedding night could send a bride into banishment. And a girl was forbidden from being outside without a chaperone and it was frowned on for ...
  • Viv JM
    Mar 19, 2018
    Song of a Captive Bird is the fictionalised account of the life of the late Iranian poet and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad. Forugh Farrokhzad grew up in 1940s/50s Tehran, where girls were encouraged to be quiet and obedient, neither of which were traits Forugh possessed. The story te...
  • Booknblues
    Feb 08, 2018
    With the US and Iran's recent histories intertwined in a variety of ways and knowing a number of educated Iranian women, I was interested in reading about the poet Forugh Farrokzhad in Jasmin Darznik's novelization of her life, Song of a Captive Bird. I am pleased to say that I did get...
  • Sahitya
    Feb 04, 2018
    Wow was this book very emotional. The struggles of a rebellious woman with an intelligent mind in an environment that considers a woman to be nothing more than the property of her husband is very humbling to read. Forugh is never satisfied in conforming to the norms and does everything...
  • Krista
    May 19, 2018
    Oh sky, if one day I want to fly from this silent prison what should I say to my weeping child? ?Forget about me, for I am a captive bird?? I'm that candle that illuminates the ruins with her burning heart. If I choose darkness I'll destroy everything around me. ~ from ?...
  • DeAnn
    Mar 13, 2018
    This is a captivating historical fiction book about Forough Farrokhzad, an Iranian female poet, set in 1950s-1960s Iran. It was obvious that Jasmin Darznik did extensive research on Forough and made the poet as well as the times come alive during this book. I must admit it had a bit...
  • Fiona
    Nov 26, 2017
    4.5 stars. Forugh Farrokhzad, known simply as Forugh, died in Iran 50 years ago aged 32. Her poetry was banned in Iran in 1979 and her grave is a place of pilgrimage still. At great personal cost, she broke down many barriers to pursue her art - cultural, social and structural. I ha...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Jul 06, 2018
    The beautiful cover of this powerful debut caught my eye and after perusing the summary on the book jacket I was compelled to read and recommend this to one of my book groups. We wanted to focus on strong women and Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik fits the bill! This story, ...
  • DeB MaRtEnS
    May 14, 2018
    4.5 stars Very well done biographical novel, depicting Iran?s most infamous/revered female poetess and the upheaval of regimes. The American interference in Iran?s economy, and its influence as well as the tide of rebellion for independence against colonialism is a facet of their ...
  • Jill Dobbe
    Oct 05, 2017
    An incredibly thoughtful, artistic, and well-documented book about the life of the famed Iranian poet, Farugh Farrokzad, by an Iranian-American author who still has roots in Iran. Farugh's poems live on today despite their banishment in Iran, and Farugh's notorious reputation. I co...
  • Diane Perry
    Jan 10, 2018
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Forugh Farrokzhad was a trailblazer way ahead of her time. She was a controversial poet in the sixties. She was defying all the rules in Iran. For that she paid a heavy price. This book sucked me in on the first sent...
  • Lisa
    May 09, 2018
    A mesmerizing story of a brave woman seeking the freedom and independence to write heartfelt and brilliant poetry SUMMARY Song of a Captive Bird is a fictional account of Iran?s most infamous and iconic woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad. She was a literary sensation, and acclaimed fi...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    May 03, 2018
    I won a copy of this book through one of my book groups. I had NO IDEA how good this book would be. This book is inspired by the life and poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad. She was amazing! She went against the grain of what an Iranian woman should be in those times. She was a great poet...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Jun 11, 2018
    "...it was my preference for books and the world inside my head that left me so incapable of accepting the usual and the ordinary. The more I read, the more I longed to let lose the words inside me." Forugh Farrokzhad is the one of the daughters of Colonel Farrokzhad. Expected to be...
  • Staci
    Jan 27, 2018
    Song of a Captive Bird is a fictional depiction of the life of Iranian poet and film director, Forough Farrokhzad. She was known for writing poems in a simple, modern style from a woman?s perspective. The novel tells not only the story of her life but it also paints a picture of what...
  • Colleen
    Nov 21, 2017
    4 Stars ARC provided by Ballatine Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This review contains minor spoilers concerning differences between known facts and fiction. Song of a Captive Bird caught my eye on Netgalley. I normally avoid fictionalized accounts of r...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Feb 14, 2018
    5 brilliant masterpiece stars to Song of a Captive Bird! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Week to Song of a Captive Bird - available now! The author of Song of a Captive Bird, Jasmin Darznik, is an Iranian-American whose family fled Iran prior to the revolution. Darzni...
  • Guy Austin
    Jan 02, 2018
    I recall in 1979 the first time I had heard of the country called Iran. From that first day I heard the words spoken, it would be many consecutive days that I would hear phrases that shaped my small understanding ? The Hostage Crisis, The Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini. There were ...
  • Xiomara Canizales
    Feb 19, 2018
    The story of this book is based on the life of the Irani poet Forugh Farrokhzad. Since poetry is not a genre I have any knowledge nor is Iran history I have no idea who this person was. My main problem is that the story didn't add any information I found in Wikipedia about this poet,...
  • Karen Kay
    May 04, 2018
    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. A well written and thought provoking fictionalized account of Iranian poet Forugh Farrokzhad. 4? ...
  • Renée (bookishblissandbeauty)
    Feb 13, 2018
    *An advanced reader ebook copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* I really enjoyed this book. I love that bits of Forugh Farrokzhad poems are peppered throughout the book to mark important points and changes in her life. It was a small tast...