Title: Blood of Flowers, The
Authors: Amirrezvani, Anita
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 457
Year: 2007
Language: English
Description: A young teenage girl narrates this story of life in 17th-century Iran and the difficulties she faces after her father's death. With no means of support, she and her mother become servants in their relatives' home. There, despite her gender, the young woman learns the art of carpet design but dowryless, she is pressured into a sigheh, or temporary marriage, in which a woman offers sexual favours in return for money. A haunting story of a young woman making a place for herself in a society indifferent to her plight. What's Hot - January 2013

Comments from Groups:

"What a wonderful read. 'Blood of the Flowers' was absorbed by our readers who totally enjoyed the author's writing and inclusion of the fables along the way... She [the narrator] is a character who will stay with us ... " Palmerston North 006

"We loved the great story richly told with wonderful descriptions of Persian life in the 17th century. We had lots of discussion about the position of women, attitudes to sex, harshness of life then, the food and value of rugmaking." Christchurch 143

"Entrancing story. Fantastic historical tale." Christchurch 229

Categories: Fiction, Historical, Iran, What's Hot, Popular Book with Groups


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By: NAP 021 2018-11-19 12:15:13
Another book that received unanimous approval! Everyone loved the way this book was written and found it full of information. Some of our members are doing extra research into a number of books we have read - I am delighted this is happening. We certainly recommend this book to other readers.

By: WELL 086 2018-11-19 12:11:32
Great insight into the process of knotting carpets. As a group, we thought that it should be noted in the catalogue description that there was quite a bit of explicit sexual activity in this book!

By: PALMN 031 2018-11-19 12:09:29
We all enjoyed this book - a fascinating insight into a different culture and time.

By: AUCK 344 2018-11-19 12:08:38
An easy read; prompted great discussion about the lack of women's rights at the time. Loved the tenacity and resilience that the main character displayed.

By: CHCH 317 2018-11-19 12:06:10
Most of the group thoroughly enjoyed the book, particularly for the portrayal of Iran's culture in the 17th century. The intricacies of carpet making in those times were most interesting, and the roles of men and women fascinating. One commented on the repetitiveness and found parts of the story a little dull. However, the majority of the group thoroughly recommended the book as an absorbing read.

By: ALEXA 003 2018-11-19 11:57:37
An interesting tale of love, friendship and betrayal in an exotic unfamiliar setting. We loved the insight we got into the hand knotted rug industry. At times we felt unsure whether we were in the present or in 17thC Iran - but its not impossible to believe that 17thC Iran was far more advanced than western civilisation at the same time. A great read.

By: DUNED 062 2018-11-19 11:50:36
We all really enjoyed this book. The images of life in 17th century Isfahan were so well conveyed that it felt as though we were living there. Amazing 1st book!

By: MAPUA 002 2018-11-19 11:45:45
Excellent - everyone enjoyed it.

By: MATAM 006 2018-09-26 13:26:44
The majority really enjoyed this book. It gave us a lot to discuss - womens' rights, independence, poverty, rug making, 'sigheh' (short term marriage arrangements), family and insight into another way of life. We all enjoyed it except for one person who didn't like the parables and poems and felt the descriptions of rug making were repetitive.

By: MAST 013 2018-09-26 13:20:16
We all enjoyed the book. The descriptions made it easy to visualise the living conditions - both good and bad! Fascinating information on carpet making.

By: PALMN 001 2018-09-26 13:17:00
All our members enjoyed this book. Some said it was the best book that they had read for some time. A very good discussion was had.

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