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 destinyRemember the flight, for the bird is mortal.Forugh FarrokhzadAll 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 rebelgossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mothers walled garden, venturing to the forbidden rooftop to roughhouse with her three brothers, writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father, and sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over caf glac. Its during the summer of 1950 that Forughs passion for poetry really takes flightand that tradition seeks to clip her wings.Forced into a suffocating marriage, Forugh runs away and falls into an affair that fuels her desire to write and to achieve freedom and independence. Forughs poems are considered both scandalous and brilliant; she is heralded by some as ..


Song of a Captive Bird Reviews

Song of a Captive Bird
DeAnn

This is a captivating historical fiction book about Forough Farrokhzad, an Iranian female poet, set in 1950s-1960s Iran. It was obvious that Jasmin Darznik did extensive research on Forough and made the poet as well as the times come alive during this book.

I must admit it had a bit of a slow start for me and I thought the great love story would be with Parviz, a cousin and fellow poet. At some point, I was completely drawn into this book and I could not put it down. Remarkable for the times that
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Booknblues

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 more information about Iran's history in the 20th century and especially the lives of women during the mid-century period (1940-1960).

Forugh was an extremely gifted poet as the reader can see, by examples of her p
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Diane Perry

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 sentence and I actually read it in a day. Powerful and relatable for today. Excellent writing!

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Sahitya

Wow was this book very emotional. The struggles of a rebellious woman with an intelligent mind in an environment that considers a woman to be nothing more than the property of her husband is very humbling to read. Forugh is never satisfied in conforming to the norms and does everything she can to give life to the words constantly forming in her mind. Though I was surprised to know that some of the most compelling relationships in the book are actually fictionalized, the author used them as a bac ...more

Song of a Captive Bird
sylvie

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, poems that read like a story. Her courage to express herself as a woman, feelings we women experience along our lives.

To understand her determination not to be silenced, one has to understand "modern" Iran. Women w
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Tasha

Overall I enjoyed this story. I had to keep reminding myself that this was not an autobiography, it had that feel and I think it worked well. I really like learning about new people I haven't heard of before and not being into poetry, I had never heard of Forugh but I'm likely to never forget her after reading this book. This hist fic story gives us a glimpse into her life and an impressive one for so short a time here. The author's notes in the end brought this one to a wonderful close and I th ...more

Song of a Captive Bird
Viv JM

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 tells of her early marriage, her confinement in a mental asylum and the scandal and disgrace that befell her as a result of her bold and frank poetry, as well as her liberated lifestyle choices in an oppressively conserv
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Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)



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 accomplishments come at the expense of her reputation and family life. In her thirty-two years she has been through so much pain; all she wanted was to be loved for who she was. Darznik captures that and uses her own words to
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