Featured Official Review: The Buried Secrets of Peonies

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Re: Featured Official Review: The Buried Secrets of Peonies

Post by NL Hartje » 08 Apr 2018, 00:31

Dolor wrote:
07 Apr 2018, 21:36

I wonder what "Peonies" have got to do with this. Why is this book entitled "The Buried Secrets of the Peonies"?
I wondered the same. The author uses a metaphor on each of her eight short stories. One story was titled "Peonies." It was about prisoners of war who were allowed yard time. During this time one of the prisoners planted peony seeds in the communal recreational space. As the story progressed, the hope that was represented in the peonies was crushed along with the rest.

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Post by NL Hartje » 08 Apr 2018, 00:32

Soluoku wrote:
07 Apr 2018, 23:03
Thanks so much for this detailed and thoughtful review, you actually made me interested in giving it a try.
I'm so glad! I hope you do! 8)
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Post by chrisdon202 » 08 Apr 2018, 11:02

Such violence, such wickedness and such heartless attitude should be thoroughly investigated and the culprits punished severely, I don't find it OK when sinners go free. Well, the book is a lesson and we have to re-orient our political attitude. People suffers for no reason. I like the book for it is breathtaking and fantastic, thanks for that.

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Post by NL Hartje » 08 Apr 2018, 21:16

chrisdon202 wrote:
08 Apr 2018, 11:02
Such violence, such wickedness and such heartless attitude should be thoroughly investigated and the culprits punished severely, I don't find it OK when sinners go free. Well, the book is a lesson and we have to re-orient our political attitude. People suffers for no reason. I like the book for it is breathtaking and fantastic, thanks for that.
So well put chrisdon202! Thank you for taking the time to read my review!
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Post by ravek » 09 Apr 2018, 00:36

It was only a decade after that time that I was witness to certain 'inequities' among peoples in the middle east. It is a sad commentary on the lives of peoples, long before our current ages, that so much has not changed.

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Post by Kibetious » 09 Apr 2018, 05:42

The last statement in the review counts much as well, that the book may bring healing to those still suffering from such a bad orchestrated mass killing. The review is well done. The book summary is well put out and is in almost all the paragraphs making it such an amazing work.
​​​​​​He gives strength to those who are tired; to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy :techie-studyinggray:

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Post by bigirimanacelestin » 09 Apr 2018, 07:20

If someone says emotion I never comprehend it, but after reading this review, I blew up.
I don't know what I can tell you. More things might have been done to hide a story like that but the author did the job and i can't imagine how he brought that off. Thanks to him for translating agony into useful document. Your review is understandable and enjoyable. Thank you indeed.
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Post by Irene C » 09 Apr 2018, 17:40

Thanks for this review. This sounds like a deeply evocative set of stories about the crimes of the Iranian theocracy. The perspective of being an adult collecting stories that occurred when one was too young to probably fully understand the events is so powerful.

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Post by NL Hartje » 09 Apr 2018, 21:45

bigirimanacelestin wrote:
09 Apr 2018, 07:20
If someone says emotion I never comprehend it, but after reading this review, I blew up.
I don't know what I can tell you. More things might have been done to hide a story like that but the author did the job and i can't imagine how he brought that off. Thanks to him for translating agony into useful document. Your review is understandable and enjoyable. Thank you indeed.
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Post by Amjourn1 » 10 Apr 2018, 11:18

Nice and warming

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Post by Jamasenu » 10 Apr 2018, 22:01

That's why I love books so much. They provide in-depth information that a movie or news person can't give. I liked the analogy of comparing this massacre to our current political leaders. No one wants their dirty laundry aired.
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Post by tanya shukla » 11 Apr 2018, 11:31

It's a brilliantly wriiten review of a poweful book. I was aware of the khomeini regime in 1979 but never knew about the massacre of thousands of prisoners. I would love to read this book.

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Post by zilizopita1998 » 11 Apr 2018, 14:36

Great review, I always love reading about agony that humankind pass through under dictatorial regimes. This has reminded me of the coup era in most African countries.

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Post by Tabithavasquez » 11 Apr 2018, 14:38

 am also ignorant to the circumstances surrounding this book. I can't even imagine the horror they faced, but it sounds like the author did a wonderful job capturing the emotions and translating them to paper.

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Post by zilizopita1998 » 11 Apr 2018, 14:38

I think it would be good to add this book to my shelves.

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