The Enlightenment of The Greengage Tree

Shokoofeh is a female political refugee who came to Australia in 2010 exactly when I came to Australia as a skilled immigrant. A majority of the Iranians I grew up with were nice, loving and always ready to help and the ones she is portraying in her book are mostly a bunch of animals that no one would like to call compatriots!

This is a well-written book in magic realism style and a literary masterpiece in my opinion, even though the line of the story she is narrating is far from Iran I left for Australia as a skilled immigrant!

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“The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is an extraordinarily powerful and evocative literary novel set in Iran in the period immediately after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Using the lyrical magic realism style of classical Persian storytelling, Azar draws the reader deep into the heart of a family caught in the maelstrom of post-revolutionary chaos and brutality that sweeps across an ancient land and its people. The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is really an embodiment of Iranian life in constant oscillation, struggle and play between four opposing poles: life and death; politics and religion. The sorrow residing in the depths of our joy is the product of a life between these four poles.” 👈This is Goodreads’ introduction to the book.

The amazing thing is, that two people could live in a country at the same time and era yet experience life quite differently.

If you want to know more about this well-written book, 👉read Woman & Thoughts blog post, Iranian Writers Political Refugees.

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