Official Review: Cry For Rain by Melineh Petrosian

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any non-fiction books such as autobiographies or political commentary books.
Forum rules
You must limit each topic thread in this section to only one book or only one series. Make the title of the topic the name of the book, and if possible also include the author's name. If you want to allow spoilers, you must include the word spoilers in the title of the topic, otherwise spoilers are prohibited.
User avatar
stacie k
Posts: 889
Joined: 01 Feb 2018, 17:04
2018 Reading Goal: 40
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 57
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 168
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: River Kids by Jennie Linnane

Official Review: Cry For Rain by Melineh Petrosian

Post by stacie k » 03 Oct 2018, 19:11

[Following is an official review of "Cry For Rain" by Melineh Petrosian.]
Book Cover
4 out of 4 stars
Share This Review

Cry for Rain by Melineh Petrosian is a deeply moving memoir, the true story of the author’s life as she grew up as a minority in an Armenian Christian family in the tumultuous environment of Iran from the late 60’s through early 80’s. The political and religious upheaval of the country mirrored the state of protagonist Ariana’s home where she and her siblings suffered abuse at the hands of their mentally unstable mother. They lived in a perpetual state of fear of Mom’s next rampage. Her unpredictable anger stole their childhoods, leaving them no safe place to find shelter. The unrest at home was as disturbing as the turmoil of the country. How can a young girl escape, or even survive, such adversity and hardship?

My least favorite part of this book was the fact that it is a true story. Honestly, it was hard to read about the cruelty Ariana faced not only at home but also at school and even by the doctor! She faced fear of kidnappings and bombings on the outside and beatings while at home. She had brief respites from the fear when Papa was home, but most of the time he was away trying to earn money for the family to survive. Ariana suffered much loss—friends, family members, and dreams. I was angry that Papa was aware of the vicious behavior of his wife yet took no action to protect his children. Whether he felt powerless to change the situation or prideful to avoid disgrace, there is no excuse.

Thankfully, there are many reasons to give praise to Cry for Rain. Before reading this book, I had little to no knowledge of the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Through Ariana’s story, I learned about this piece of history—the Shah’s dictatorship, the SAVAK’s practices of torture and execution, and the shift to an Islamic Republic ruled by Khomeini. In addition, I learned about Armenian traditions related to weddings and Christmas. For example, it is tradition for a male family member to block the door and insist on payment to allow the bride to leave her family’s home.

In addition to the opportunity to expand my knowledge of history and culture, I appreciated the author’s writing style. Petrosian’s love for poetry is evidenced in her writing as she masterfully weaves similes and metaphors into the narrative. “Mom is a quiet storm brewing” and “her eyes [are] cutting daggers” as well as “dark voids of hate” are a few examples. Beyond that, the editing of the book is practically flawless. I found only one missing period in the entire book. I would only suggest adding a table of contents and removing blank pages between chapters which were present in the pdf version I read. I hope the author decides to write a sequel to document how she moves forward, how she finds the strength to forgive, and how God redeems her past.

In conclusion, I heartily award 4 out of 4 stars to Petrosian’s Cry for Rain. It’s a story not easily forgotten that raises thought-provoking questions such as “What is freedom?”. If you are sensitive to domestic violence or terrorism, you may want to pass on this one. However, I recommend it to anyone who is interested in Armenian culture, Iranian history, or anyone who enjoys stories of overcoming adversity and finding hope. This story will raise awareness of childhood abuse, increase your empathy, and elicit gratitude for the blessings you enjoy.

Cry For Rain
View: on Bookshelves

Like stacie k's review? Post a comment saying so!
“The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable.” Proverbs 15:2a

User avatar
Posts: 1460
Joined: 08 Jun 2018, 22:16
Currently Reading: In Search of Love’s Treasure
Bookshelf Size: 123
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Mist Rises Over Notchey Creek by Liz Andrews

Post by Cecilia_L » 04 Oct 2018, 13:50

Petrosian’s love for poetry is evidenced in her writing as she masterfully weaves similes and metaphors into the narrative. “Mom is a quiet storm brewing” and “her eyes [are] cutting daggers” as well as “dark voids of hate” are a few examples.

I enjoy reading this type of descriptive imagery--sounds like a great book. Thanks for your excellent review!

User avatar
Posts: 1
Joined: 04 Oct 2018, 14:19
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by JeanieL+ » 04 Oct 2018, 14:37

I, too, have read Cry for Rain and learned so very much about the culture and the politics of Iran. Melineh's personal story made my heart ache. I wanted to jump through the pages and rescue her and her siblings. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for answering their prayers and leading them to their promised land, the USA. I highly recommend this to everyone who can read, young or old, so they know that not all those in the Middle East are terrorists. Those who truly love God and are filled with peace, bleed and love and have families just like everyone else. There were so many similarities to her childhood. They had TV and listened to Pink Floyd, did gymnastics, and enjoyed the ocean, even during illegal arrests, torture, bombings, oppression, and discrimination. I so admire Melineh, especially for her love and forgiveness of her parents. God bless you and yours, Melineh!

User avatar
daydreaming reader
Posts: 274
Joined: 02 Jan 2016, 19:38
2018 Reading Goal: 24
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 91
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 28
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Face of Fear by R. J. Torbert

Post by daydreaming reader » 04 Oct 2018, 15:56

The historical elements in the book are intriguing. Thank you for your review.
"Without chaos, there can be no order"
- Heath D. Alberts
"You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star."
― Friedrich Nietzsche

User avatar
Posts: 1220
Joined: 01 Nov 2017, 16:12
2018 Reading Goal: 200
2017 Reading Goal: 200
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 9
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 4
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 158
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Express Exec by Gary Brose

Post by Cotwani » 04 Oct 2018, 18:07

I can't imagine Arianna's horrendous childhood. What was wrong with papa? Thanks for the great review!
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island!
-Walt Disney

User avatar
Amanda Deck
Posts: 119
Joined: 02 Jun 2018, 21:00
Currently Reading: Nobody's Safe
Bookshelf Size: 28
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci by Belle Ami

Post by Amanda Deck » 04 Oct 2018, 18:54

Why, oh why do the children suffer at home as well? Turmoil and war in your country are bad enough! I would like to read about the political, and definitely the cultural aspects, but knowing she has no safe haven even with her parents might be too much.
Your examples of her writing sound wonderful. A book could be worth reading just for that.

User avatar
Posts: 239
Joined: 17 Sep 2018, 01:23
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 20
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Elf Archive - Book Two of the Magi Charter by Jordan David

Post by Caylie_Cat » 04 Oct 2018, 21:19

Wow, this book seems to have a lot to recommend it and I would love to get my hands on a copy. It is always the children who suffer in times of war and unrest, and my heart goes out to little ones everywhere who have to pay for the decisions of governments and armies who care for nothing but their own agendas. Excellent review!

User avatar
Posts: 92
Joined: 22 Aug 2018, 13:25
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 18
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Sigfried’s Smelly Socks! by Len Foley

Post by wendos » 05 Oct 2018, 04:44

The thoughts of a helpless child suffering is really hard to bear. Its even worse when their is nowhere to run: school, friends, home, and the doctor. Maybe i will shy away from reading the book.

User avatar
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 6326
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
2018 Reading Goal: 115
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 90
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 94
Currently Reading: End of the Last Great Kingdom
Bookshelf Size: 232
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Third Thaw by Karl J. Hanson

Post by kandscreeley » 05 Oct 2018, 07:25

I can only imagine the kind of persecution that the author goes through. Things like this help to remind us how lucky we are not to have to face that every day! It sounds like a very well-written book and one worth checking out. Thanks!
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway

User avatar
Posts: 995
Joined: 19 Jan 2018, 13:32
Currently Reading: Bitroux
Bookshelf Size: 32
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: SSN Seadragon by J P Ronald

Post by crediblereading2 » 05 Oct 2018, 09:14

This sounds like a really moving story. Poor Ariana suffering at home, at school, and in her country is too much for one small child to bear. I hope her life will change for the better. Thank you for such a splendid review of this book.

User avatar
Eva Darrington
Posts: 1080
Joined: 18 Nov 2017, 11:21
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 48
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 77
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Restoring Your Child's Mental Health by Gracelyn Guyol

Post by Eva Darrington » 05 Oct 2018, 14:52

What a deeply touching and profound story this is. I would be interested in learning more about this period in Iran's history and the difficult road this girl has travelled. It is hard to know how a soul could survive such an ordeal. Thank you for your thoughtful review.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -Scott Adams

Posts: 514
Joined: 28 Jun 2018, 12:28
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 19
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: True Blue Friend by Roy DeMauro

Post by jcoad » 05 Oct 2018, 22:45

Perfect book for me! I love learning about different areas and cultures through books and this is one area I know nothing about. Sounds like the actual story may be tough but the book is worth it. Thanks for the great review!

User avatar
Posts: 299
Joined: 26 Jul 2018, 10:12
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 57
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Blacksmith's Daughter by Patrick John Donahoe

Post by topdan30 » 06 Oct 2018, 10:11

Iranian revolution will be something that i will want to read bout. This book sounds interesting from ur review. Thanks for the detailed review.

Posts: 1685
Joined: 10 May 2017, 19:49
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 100
Currently Reading: A Light in the Window
Bookshelf Size: 183
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Out of the Darkness, Kaboe Valley by Frank Gee

Post by kdstrack » 06 Oct 2018, 12:36

Many people who go through a childhood like Ariana's end up using that as an excuse for living a life filled with anger and bitterness. It is inspiring how her faith helped her to triumph over the negative attitudes. Great review. Thanks!

User avatar
Sarah Tariq
Posts: 1357
Joined: 17 Mar 2017, 02:17
2018 Reading Goal: 25
2017 Reading Goal: 15
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 88
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 46
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 65
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: A Thousand Seeds of Joy by Ananda Karunesh
Reading Device: PDF

Post by Sarah Tariq » 06 Oct 2018, 12:52

So sad to hear about Ariana, her sufferings at home and abroad. Such a disturbing environment leaves a very bad impact on children. Thanks for this great review.
Make your ideals high enough to inspire you and low enough to encourage you.

Post Reply

Return to “Non-Fiction Books”