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Monday, February 25, 2008

The Blood of Flowers (Feb. 08)

Ooh, this was a good one! The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani has been on my reading list since June of '07 when I read about it in an online newsletter. Needless to say I was thrilled to find it on the library's download page.

First off, the narrator was EXCELLENT. As you know from my comments on other books, the narrator can make or break an audio book. This one was perfect for the part. Second, the plot was very engaging. I cared about the main character (even though she remained nameless - I didn't pick up on that until it was pointed out to me!) and genuinely wanted something good to happen for her.

I loved the story sequences. At times the regular story line would be interrupted while one of the characters told a story to the others. These included legends and fables, all of which were unfamiliar to me. I loved hearing them, trying to decipher the cultural values conveyed in each other them.

This may have been hard to read due to the Iranian names being unfamiliar to me, and also to the story sequences. I don't know for sure about that. What I do know is that is was an excellent story and I highly recommend it.

Here's another review of this book to check out:
Historical Tapestry
Historical Fiction Challenge (Amanda)

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