Chicken With Plums

Chicken With Plums

Graphic Novel - 2006
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Random House, Inc.
In her acclaimed Persepolis books and in Embroideries, Marjane Satrapi rendered the events of her life and times in a uniquely captivating and powerful voice and vision. Now she turns that same keen eye and ear to the heartrending story of her great-uncle, a celebrated Iranian musician who gave up his life for music and love.

We are in Tehran in 1958, and Nasser Ali Khan, one of Iran’s most revered tar players, discovers that his beloved instrument is irreparably damaged. Though he tries, he cannot find one to replace it, one whose sound speaks to him with the same power and passion with which his music speaks to others. In despair, he takes to his bed, renouncing the world and all its pleasures, closing the door on the demands and love of his wife and his four children. Over the course of the week that follows, his family and close friends attempt to change his mind, but Nasser Ali slips further and further into his own reveries: flashbacks and flash-forwards (with unexpected appearances by the likes of the Angel of Death and Sophia Loren) from his own childhood through his children’s futures. And as the pieces of his story slowly fall into place, we begin to understand the profundity of his decision to give up life.

Marjane Satrapi brings what has become her signature humor, insight, and generosity to this emotional tale of life and death, and the courage and passion both require of us. The poignant story of one man, it is also a story of stunning universality–and an altogether luminous work.

Baker & Taylor
In Tehran in 1958, Nasser Ali Khan, one of Iran's most acclaimed tar players, discovers that his beloved instrument has been irrevocably damaged, lauches a fruitless search for another one to replace it, and takes to his bed, renouncing the world, its pleasures, and life itself. By the author of Persepolis. 50,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
We are in Tehran in 1958, and Nasser Ali Khan, one of Iran's most revered tar players, discovers that his beloved instrument is irreparably damaged. Though he tries, he cannot find one to replace it, one whose sound speaks to him with the same power and passion with which his music speaks to others. In despair, he takes to his bed, renouncing the world and all its pleasures, closing the door on the demands and love of his wife and his four children. Over the course of the week that follows, his family and close friends attempt to change his mind, but Nasser Ali slips further and further into his own reveries: flashbacks and flash-forwards (with unexpected appearances by the likes of the Angel of Death and Sophia Loren) from his own childhood through his children's futures. And as the pieces of his story slowly fall into place, we begin to understand the profundity of his decision to give up life.

Baker
& Taylor

The author relates the story of her great-uncle, Nasser Ali Khan, one of Iran's most acclaimed musicians, who discovers that his beloved instrument has been irrevocably damaged and renounces the world, its pleasures, and life itself.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780375424151
0375424156
Branch Call Number: GN CHICKEN
Characteristics: 84 p. : chiefly ill. ; 25 cm

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Sanrin
May 11, 2014

Compared to her other tales, such as "Persepolis," "Chicken with Plums" is disappointing. The story has much less of the depth of her other works, and the characters were less compelling.

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mclarjh
Nov 20, 2013

Does not compare with her other works.

mondaysomeday Aug 25, 2013

I love Satrapi's work but this one is a bit weak. As the synopsis says, it has interesting anecdotes about her family and good explorations into human nature, but it's a bit too short to be deep or profound.

RenGrrl Jun 11, 2012

Another wonderful offering from the author of Persepolis!

Sheli25 Jun 26, 2011

Very poetic and touching story.

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ll_mademoiselle
Jan 28, 2010

Love all of (the few that there are) Marjane Satrapi's graphic novels.

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