Book of the Week/Free Press Book Review 4/10/12

What if your entire life was turned upside down as result of a political revolution? How could you come back from such devastation, let alone share your experience with the rest of the world?
Aria Minu-Sepehr writes an intense yet brave story of his world collapsing at age ten when the Iranian monarchy fell and the Islamic republic stepped into its place in his memoir We Heard the Heavens Then: A Memoir of Iran (Free Press, 2012).

Minu-Sepehr came from a privileged childhood, which was shattered by the Islamic republic’s rise in 1979. He would learn to live with both old and new ways while grasping change and tradition with one hand. Minu-Sepehr’s narration of a father-son relationship against an unstable political backdrop, We Heard the Heavens Then gives a personal perspective on one of the most difficult times in Iran, via the eyes of Minu-Sepehr’s childhood.

We Heard the Heavens Then grasps the reader from page one; it is a brilliantly written memoir of a time most have forgotten. The book has a sensual, humorous, spirited, and compassionate voice throughout, while telling a remarkable story. Brutally honest, Minu-Sepehr captures dealing with a life he’d always known set in a country on the edge of revolution.

For those who wish to read and research topics on Iran, We Heard the Heavens Then is one of the best down-to-earth, spirited books written, with the bonus of being told from personal experiences by its author. Highly recommended for any history buff, and also would make good college class reading.

Rating: 5.0/50

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