0 thoughts on “Cry of the Peacock

  1. This is one of my all time favorite books. It was a total page turner. There was some violence in it, but Nahai’s sense of history and character development was fabulous. I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Literally!

  2. I really enjoyed the way this was written, a series of quick stories stepping though time on a family tree. I never knew about the treatment or history of jews in iran though historical times. Lots of different perspectives, lots of wonderful characters. As always with Iranian life these stories are chock full of contradiction, nostalgia, irony and unintended consequence.

  3. What a wonderful journey this book travels. Gina Nahai had me riveted from beginning to end, tangled in a web of enchantment, leading me through the centuries. There is so much to learn from myth.

    Whether she made them up or they come from history, she combines legend with her own narrative in a highly original format. We are bemused by her tale as it wanders timeless byways and ghettos of old Isfahan. Her characters experience violence and degradation yet somehow triumph.

    What an impressive tour-

  4. This novel was hard for me to follow at first. It felt like a myth or a fable or a fairy tale. But once I got into it and realized what the author was doing, the reading became smoother for me. I had some trouble keeping track of the people and the time periods, but because I believe there is some important history of Iran here (and one of my dearest friends is from there), it’s a book worth a second read for me because I’m sure I missed much of the early parts of the book. It wasn’t until the l

  5. Beautifully written story about the lives and loves of Peacock, a Jewish woman of Iran. Can literature help bridge the gulf between cultures? If any book could, this one can.

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