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Seven Shades of Memory: Stories of Old Iran by Terence O'donnell
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Sep 15, 2006
Publisher Mage Publishers
ISBN 1933823143 ISBN13 9781933823140
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More About Terence O'donnell
Terence O'Donnell is the author of Garden of the Brave in War, which the Wall Street Journal acclaimed as a classic, and Portland: An Informal History and Guide. He served for years on the staff of the Oregon Historical Society and has contributed to Atlantic, Smithsonian, Horizon and Reader's Digest magazines.
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Wonderful! Jul 18, 2000
This collection of seven short stories set in Iran reveal the author's deep understanding of the country and their people. O'Donnell's stories present both issues of Western interaction with Persians, as well as cultural divides within Persian culture. The collection is subtitled "Stories of Old Iran" as they portray an Iran of 20-40 years ago and have a certain reserve to them. "The Tree and the Pool" is perhaps the least successful of the stories, portraying a somewhat stereotyped "ugly American." Another featuring Americans, "The Women and the Ladies" is also somewhat awkwardly executed. The concluding "Mrs. Cahn" is a more even piece, as an old American woman transcends her background to connect with local tribespeople. "The Duck Hunt" works well as a sketch of the tension in a Norwegian family on vacation in Iran. "The Price and the Baker," "The Stone of Love," and "The Old Men of Isfahan" are more fablistic, and enjoyable on that level. As a whole, the stories are a good glimpse into a passing time and place. The story titles are presented as two page spreads with lovely black and white photos that perfectly capture the mood of the book as a whole.
Exquisite collection of stories Feb 7, 2000
As a person who also lived in Iran in the 1970's, I was particularly interested in the stories in this book. However, it would be of interest to anyone because the stories are evocative and the prose style is simple yet stunningly beautiful. This book is an absolute gem.