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.
The publisher is giving away one copy of this book— use the Rafflecopter form at the end of the post to enter.
- 448 pages
- Publisher: Scribner
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451660464
My rating for Equal of the Sun— 4
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.
Today’s Arabic language has a very interesting sociolinguistic situation called diglossia, the use of two distinct flavors of the same language. Arabic has the Classical variety which is used in writing and the Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) used in everyday conversations. From the first page, the book reminded me of Classical Arabic with its fanciful prose, ornate language and dazzling descriptions. Such style could easily be misconstrued as high-brow but in this instance, with the understanding of culture and language, it works.
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.
So tell me, when reading a book do you keep in mind the culture within when it comes to prose?
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.
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TLC Book Tour for Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani:
Monday, June 4th: Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, June 6th: Confessions of an Avid Reader
Wednesday, June 6th: Historical-Fiction.com Book Highlight
Thursday, June 7th: Broken Teepee
Monday, June 11th: Wordsmithonia
Tuesday, June 12th: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, June 13th: Man of La Book
Thursday, June 14th: A Bookish Affair
Friday, June 15th: Book Chase
Monday, June 18th: Lit and Life
Tuesday, June 19th: Bibliosue
Wednesday, June 20th: The Book Garden
Monday, June 25th: Col Reads
Tuesday, June 26th: Bippity Boppity Book
Wednesday, June 27th: Historical Tapestry
Thursday, June 28th: Enchanted by Josephine.
Friday, June 29th: Twisting the Lens
Monday, July 2nd: Scandalous Women
TBD: Royal Reviews
Zohar — Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I got this book for free from TLC Book Tours
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