Rooftops of Tehran – Mahbod Seraji

Title: Rooftops of Tehran
Author: Mahbod Seraji
ISBN: 9780451226815
Pages: 368
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genre: Historical Fiction, Multicultural Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

From the publisher’s website:

In a middle-class neighborhood of Iran’s sprawling capital city, 17-year-old Pasha Shahed spends the summer of 1973 on his rooftop with his best friend Ahmed, joking around one minute and asking burning questions about life the next. He also hides a secret love for his beautiful neighbor Zari, who has been betrothed since birth to another man. But the bliss of Pasha and Zari’s stolen time together is shattered when Pasha unwittingly acts as a beacon for the Shah’s secret police. The violent consequences awaken him to the reality of living under a powerful despot, and lead Zari to make a shocking choice…

I am a huge fan of multicultural literature and have read a few books on the Iranian revolution. I think it’s a fascinating time period. What I haven’t read much about, though, is the years before the revolution, when the Shah of Iran felt the instability of his rule. He was relying more and more on the Americans and his secret police, the SAVAK, to maintain his grip on the country. Rooftops of Tehran recounts this turbulent time period through the eyes of Pasha, a 17-year-old boy.

I thought that Rooftops of Tehran was a touching novel, though it was never sappy or cheesy. I got involved with all the characters, especially Pasha and Zari. Since the novel is told in flashbacks, it is clear that the story is leading towards tragedy. Sometimes this technique is frustrating, but Seraji uses it very well in this book.

I loved the sense of community within Rooftops of Tehran. Pasha’s neighbors were all close to one another. They were united and tried their best to be happy, despite the fact their country seemed to be falling apart around them. They did their best not to live in fear. It was great, but also sad, knowing what was coming for them. Still, the novel ended on a very hopeful note!

I really enjoyed Rooftops of Tehran. It was engaging, humorous, and very easy to read. If you are looking for a book in the multicultural fiction genre but don’t want anything too heavy, this would be a great choice!

Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book to review!

Comments

  1. This looks amazing! I too am a big fan of this type of book. I just cant get enough of them… and thankfully there a re a lot out there!

    Great review!

  2. This looks amazing! I too am a big fan of this type of book. I just cant get enough of them… and thankfully there a re a lot out there!

    Great review!

  3. I am putting you on my Morning Meanderings as the blog post i read this morning that I really enjoyed. Thanks! 🙂

  4. I am putting you on my Morning Meanderings as the blog post i read this morning that I really enjoyed. Thanks! 🙂

  5. I love books about other cultures too. I remember when the Shah’s regime toppled, but I was of an age, when I didn’t really pay attention to world events.

  6. I love books about other cultures too. I remember when the Shah’s regime toppled, but I was of an age, when I didn’t really pay attention to world events.

  7. Thanks for sharing this review. It will definitely go on my TBR list. I have friends from Iran who were there during this period and then left before the Revolution. I will be interested to see how it compares.

  8. Thanks for sharing this review. It will definitely go on my TBR list. I have friends from Iran who were there during this period and then left before the Revolution. I will be interested to see how it compares.

  9. I totally agree, this was a really good read. Hope you’re having a good trip on your way to England!

  10. I totally agree, this was a really good read. Hope you’re having a good trip on your way to England!

  11. I have this one in the TBR pile as well. Maybe I will just move that to the top.

  12. I have this one in the TBR pile as well. Maybe I will just move that to the top.

  13. Wow! Sounds amazing! Thank u for a great review!

  14. Wow! Sounds amazing! Thank u for a great review!

  15. I am so drawn to this book for some reason. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it.

  16. I am so drawn to this book for some reason. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it.

  17. I love books about other places and cultures and this looks a good one.

  18. I love books about other places and cultures and this looks a good one.

  19. I just finished this book, and my review will be up tomorrow, but I wanted to say I concur with your thoughts, though I found it emotionally harrowing in some cases.

  20. I just finished this book, and my review will be up tomorrow, but I wanted to say I concur with your thoughts, though I found it emotionally harrowing in some cases.

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