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:0399182314
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:403 pages pages

Song of a Captive Bird Reviews

  • Elyse
    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! ...
  • Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books
    Feb 12, 2018
    I was looking forward to learning about a time and culture, far away from my own, but I never thought I?d be so thoroughly seduced by Jasmin Darznik?s debut novel, Song of a Captive Bird. It is a fictionalized account of Forugh Farrokhzhad, the first woman in Iran to defy her count...
  • 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! ...
  • Angela Mcvay
    Jan 27, 2018
    I think I have just met my favorite book. I read most of this in a single day until I remembered that I have my own life and had to part with it. Now that I have finished, I?m wondering if anything I read next will begin to compare. This is the story of the life and poetry of Forough...
  • Esther Bradley-detally
    Apr 01, 2018
    I liked it a lot; excellent; heartrending, courageous; courage under fire; a novel which seems quite true to life ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Letty
    Mar 11, 2018
    This is an amazing and heartbreaking story of Forugh Farrokhzad, a poet in 1950's Tehran, someone I was not familiar with and am now looking into reading some of her works. The struggles she went through growing up in Tehran as a woman and trying to be something other than a wife and m...
  • Ronnie Stephens
    Feb 12, 2018
    Title: Song of a Captive Bird Author: Jasmin Darznik Publisher: Ballantine Books Pages: 416 List Price: $27.00 Song of a Captive Bird, by Jasmin Darznik, is a beautifully written novel about Iranian writer and activist, Forugh Farrokhzad, who came of age against the backdrop of ...
  • Erin
    Mar 16, 2018
    This historical fiction novel tells the story of Forugh, a famous Iranian poet and filmmaker from the 1950s. I actually didn't realize this was based on a real person until after I finished the book, but this woman definitely lived an extraordinary life in a time when women were still ...
  • 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...
  • Gaele
    Mar 07, 2018
    I will admit that the title, and the instant connection that I found to Maya Angelou?s autobiographical I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings piqued my interest, but I?m also intrigued by the differences and similarities in people all over the world. Darznik used poems, letters, film and...
  • 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...
  • Kati Berman
    Feb 13, 2018
    Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik I received this advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Song of the Captive Bird is based on the life of Forugh Farrokhzad, an Iranian poet, ?a woman who battled to create a life on her own terms, to balance conflic...
  • Yanira
    Mar 04, 2018
    I fell in love with the Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad when I took a seven am Iranian Lit class in college. I feel a kindred spirit with Forugh even though I?m Puerto Rican and not a poet. But, that?s what I love about literature- it transcends barriers. Forugh captures so well wha...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Donna Hines
    Feb 23, 2018
    How much are you willing to give for your freedoms, your liberty, your independence, your ability to live life on your terms? This was a feel good book about creating your own mark in the world and leaving the world a much better place. When asked," Do you think there's anything I ...