Children of the Jacaranda Tree – Sahar Delijani

wpid-2015-04-06-21.08.18.png.pngFormat: Paperback
Published: 28th March 2015
Publisher: Orion Publishing/Weidenfeld and Nicolson
Pages: 276 Pages

The Blurb
Tehran 1983.
A city paralysed by fear, it’s people silenced. Beating heart of the regime is Evin prison. Even within its austere walls, three women dare to dream of a life beyond tyranny.

Azar gives birth to her daughter in captivity. One day the guards simply take her child from her. Parisa yearns for her tiny son growing up a few miles away but completely out of reach. And Firoozeh, broken by cruelty, has turned her back on everything she was fighting for.

But even in the most desolate places, hope can take root…

Rating: 3/5

The Review
Thank you to Orion Publishing for sending me a copy to read and review.

I’ll be honest and say that this novel probably wouldn’t be the first on my to read list, but you’ve always got to give things a chance and I fancied branching out into something new too.

The Children of the Jacaranda Tree focuses on the struggles of many men and women who are involved in the revolution of Tehran. I simply cannot comprehend how even in the early 80’s people were arrested for minor offences, when in fact they weren’t doing anything remotely ‘offence’. I think our society sometimes forgets just how lucky we are and many don’t even realise the struggles to which others face. I even admit to forgetting such things and maybe when I’m thinking about trivial feelings I should consider what is happening elsewhere and re-evaluate the situation.

From background research, it was interesting to know that the author was born in Evin prison as her mother was a political prisoner during the 1980’s. The prison features heavily in the novel so I imagine it reflected on many true life events for Sahar and her family.

I hate to say this but I found there was an awfully confusing structure, too many characters seem to be introduced at random intervals and I found it hard to keep track. Plus, it was full of overly descriptive paragraphs that were not needed. I personally think that the story would still have housed a variety of emotion because Sahar was talking about something close to her heart.

Find out more about Sahar at her website at www.sahardelijani.com.


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