Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik

Song of a Captive Bird

A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing poet Forugh Farrokhzhad, who defied Iranian society to find her voice and her destiny“Remember the flight, for the bird is mortal.”—Forugh FarrokhzadAll through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh is told that Iranian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel—gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother’s walled g...

Details Song of a Captive Bird

TitleSong of a Captive Bird
Release DateFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, Iran, Poetry

Reviews Song of a Captive Bird

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I won a copy of this book through one of my book groups. I had NO IDEA how good this book would be. This book is inspired by the life and poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad. She was amazing! She went against the grain of what an Iranian woman should be in those times. She was a great poetis, feminist and activist. Thank you to Retro Chapter Chics for getting me involved in this book! And this is me a woman alone on the threshold of a cold season on the...
  • Brina
    Toward the end of last year I joined the moderator team of the group retro chapter chicks. We take part in a variety of historical fiction and nonfiction history group reads and discussions, and are given an occasional opportunity to review advance reader copies. One such book is Song of a Captive Bird, the debut novel by Jasmin Darznik, an Iranian American literature professor who resides in northern California. Although this book is slotted as ...
  • Elyse
    Audiobook....narrated by Mozhan Marno 5++++stars!!!!!LOVED IT! ABSOLUTELY MESMERIZING!!!GORGEOUS PROSE!!!BEAUTIFUL NOVEL!!! ......Historical Fiction doesn’t get much better!!! ......this is a fascinating story about a powerhouse Iranian woman - poet and filmmaker - who died much too young. Author Jasmin Darznik’s impeccable research shows...its ‘clear’ the work she put into this novel. History in Iran came alive.....before and after the r...
  • Liz
    Iran in the mid 20th century was not a fun place to be a woman. A girl’s education stopped when she was fourteen. A lack of virginal blood on a wedding night could send a bride into banishment. And a girl was forbidden from being outside without a chaperone and it was frowned on for a married woman to be in public unattended. Everything revolves around a woman’s honor. “Mine was a country where they said a woman’s nature is riddled with s...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 brilliant masterpiece stars to Song of a Captive Bird! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 Happy Publication Week to Song of a Captive Bird - available now!The author of Song of a Captive Bird, Jasmin Darznik, is an Iranian-American whose family fled Iran prior to the revolution. Darznik is now a literature professor and spent years researching Forugh’s life. Everything about this book is immaculate. The smooth writing, the on point characterization, th...
  • Fiona
    4.5 stars.Forugh Farrokhzad, known simply as Forugh, died in Iran 50 years ago aged 32. Her poetry was banned in Iran in 1979 and her grave is a place of pilgrimage still. At great personal cost, she broke down many barriers to pursue her art - cultural, social and structural. I had never heard of her and was attracted to the book mainly because I enjoy Middle Eastern writing. I don’t think I even realised that it was about a real person.Jasmin...
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    3.5 starsIn Song of a Captive Bird (a beautiful and perfect title), author Jasmin Darznik is the voice for Iranian poet, Forugh Farrokhzad. Forugh - an influential poet of the 20th century - was notorious for rebelling against cultural norms, especially in her work.Forugh's accomplishments come at the expense of her reputation and family life. In her thirty-two years she has been through so much pain; all she wanted was to be loved for who she wa...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    The beautiful cover of this powerful debut caught my eye and after perusing the summary on the book jacket I was compelled to read and recommend this to one of my book groups. We wanted to focus on strong women and Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik fits the bill!This story, based on the life of Forugh Farrokhzad, focuses on a young Iranian girl who as a child pushed the envelope when it came to respectable, traditional, female behavior. Sh...
  • Lisa
    A mesmerizing story of a brave woman seeking the freedom and independence to write heartfelt and brilliant poetrySUMMARYSong of a Captive Bird is a fictional account of Iran’s most infamous and iconic woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad. She was a literary sensation, and acclaimed filmmaker, who was both loved and hated within her country. A country she loved and would never leave. The book follows her turbulent life, from her controlled and abusive ...
  • Stephanie Anze
    " was my preference for books and the world inside my head that left me so incapable of accepting the usual and the ordinary. The more I read, the more I longed to let lose the words inside me."Forugh Farrokzhad is the one of the daughters of Colonel Farrokzhad. Expected to be meek and quiet, devoid of any disobedience, Forugh is the complete opposite. Not wanting the traditional life of a woman in Tehran, Forugh is vocal in her rebellion bu...
  • sylvie
    I'd like to thank Jasmin Darznik for her honest description of an Iran we do not often hear about, the Shah's modern Iran. It's restrictions, brutality.Forough Farrokhsad grew up in the Shah's Iran. One can only imagine the courage it took Forough to follow her calling, writing poems, poems that read like a story. Her courage to express herself as a woman, feelings we women experience along our lives.To understand her determination not to be sile...
  • Tasha
    Overall I enjoyed this story. I had to keep reminding myself that this was not an autobiography, it had that feel and I think it worked well. I really like learning about new people I haven't heard of before and not being into poetry, I had never heard of Forugh but I'm likely to never forget her after reading this book. This hist fic story gives us a glimpse into her life and an impressive one for so short a time here. The author's notes in the ...
  • DeB MaRtEnS
    4.5 stars Very well done biographical novel, depicting Iran’s most infamous/revered female poetess and the upheaval of regimes. The American interference in Iran’s economy, and its influence as well as the tide of rebellion for independence against colonialism is a facet of their history of which I was sorely ignorant. Although a novel, the book seemed almost to be nonfiction, which is a testament to the careful research and very well develop...
  • Simone
    I absolutely adored this book and even though it’s 416 pages, I finished it in a day and a half. The story follows loosely the real life of an Iranian poet named Forough Farrokhzad. She was a rebel in a world where women weren’t allowed to be rebellious. She was the embodiment of liberal thought living amongst people who would prefer women to raise families and be obedient. She had a voice in a place where women were told to remain silent.I d...
  • Xiomara Canizales
    The story of this book is based on the life of the Irani poet Forugh Farrokhzad.Since poetry is not a genre I have any knowledge nor is Iran history I have no idea who this person was.My main problem is that the story didn't add any information I found in Wikipedia about this poet, so if you what recreate her life you may find this read interesting but the facts are not necessarily truthful. Setting: IranPOPSUGAR reading challenge: 14. A book by ...
  • Colleen
    4 StarsARC provided by Ballatine Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This review contains minor spoilers concerning differences between known facts and fiction.Song of a Captive Bird caught my eye on Netgalley. I normally avoid fictionalized accounts of real people. It's a personal hangup, but it makes me uncomfortable when authors make such big presumptions about real people for the sake of fiction. But Song of a Captive Bird co...
  • Renée (bookishblissandbeauty)
    *An advanced reader ebook copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*I really enjoyed this book. I love that bits of Forugh Farrokzhad poems are peppered throughout the book to mark important points and changes in her life. It was a small taste of her work but I was blown away by the raw authenticity of her words that connected with me. After reading this novel I'm extremely interested in her reading transla...
  • Jill Dobbe
    An incredibly thoughtful, artistic, and well-documented book about the life of the famed Iranian poet, Farugh Farrokzad, by an Iranian-American author who still has roots in Iran. Farugh's poems live on today despite their banishment in Iran, and Farugh's notorious reputation. I could not put this book down from the minute I began reading it. I was enthralled with the story (some fiction, some non-fiction) and the author's honest writing, which g...
  • Christine
    I really enjoyed this debut novel! It's wonderful when I learn something new about another culture and (in)famous person from a country extremely different from my own. I listened to the audio version of this book, and it was fantastic! Highly recommend!
  • Yelda Basar Moers
    "Mine was a country where they said a woman's nature is riddled with sin, where they claimed that women's voices had the power to drive men to lust and distract them from matters of both heaven and earth...Because I was a woman, they wanted to silence the screams on my lips and stifle the breath in my lungs. But I couldn't stay quiet."I love to hear of unheard stories of women who fought bravely for women in history. I just finished Song of A Cap...
  • Karen
    I received this from in exchange for a review. A well written and thought provoking fictionalized account of Iranian poet Forugh Farrokzhad. 4☆
  • Viv JM
    Song of a Captive Bird is the fictionalised account of the life of the late Iranian poet and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad. Forugh Farrokhzad grew up in 1940s/50s Tehran, where girls were encouraged to be quiet and obedient, neither of which were traits Forugh possessed. The story tells of her early marriage, her confinement in a mental asylum and the scandal and disgrace that befell her as a result of her bold and frank poetry, as well as her libe...
  • Krista
    Oh sky, if one dayI want to fly from this silent prisonwhat should I say to my weeping child?“Forget about me,for I am a captive bird?”I'm that candle that illuminates the ruinswith her burning heart.If I choose darknessI'll destroy everything around me.~ from “The Captive”In writing about Forugh, I wanted to go beyond what was outwardly known about her – what could perhaps ever be known about her, given not just the reticence of those ...
  • Guy Austin
    I recall in 1979 the first time I had heard of the country called Iran. From that first day I heard the words spoken, it would be many consecutive days that I would hear phrases that shaped my small understanding – The Hostage Crisis, The Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini. There were images that crossed the television screen – Young male college age students, blind folded Americans, large crowds gathered around the American Embassy. This was t...
  • Staci
    Song of a Captive Bird is a fictional depiction of the life of Iranian poet and film director, Forough Farrokhzad. She was known for writing poems in a simple, modern style from a woman’s perspective. The novel tells not only the story of her life but it also paints a picture of what life was like for women in Iran during this time period, between 1935 and 1967.Miss Farrokhzad was a woman too modern for her time and her country and she led a co...
  • Diane Perry
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Forugh Farrokzhad was a trailblazer way ahead of her time. She was a controversial poet in the sixties. She was defying all the rules in Iran. For that she paid a heavy price. This book sucked me in on the first sentence and I actually read it in a day. Powerful and relatable for today. Excellent writing!
  • Jamie
    This was a galley from Netgalley. Heartbreaking look into the life of poet Forough Farrokzad and life for her as an Iranian woman in the 50's and 60's. Good Read!
  • Booknblues
    With the US and Iran's recent histories intertwined in a variety of ways and knowing a number of educated Iranian women, I was interested in reading about the poet Forugh Farrokzhad in Jasmin Darznik's novelization of her life, Song of a Captive Bird. I am pleased to say that I did get more information about Iran's history in the 20th century and especially the lives of women during the mid-century period (1940-1960).Forugh was an extremely gifte...
  • DeAnn
    This is a captivating historical fiction book about Forough Farrokhzad, an Iranian female poet, set in 1950s-1960s Iran. It was obvious that Jasmin Darznik did extensive research on Forough and made the poet as well as the times come alive during this book.I must admit it had a bit of a slow start for me and I thought the great love story would be with Parviz, a cousin and fellow poet. At some point, I was completely drawn into this book and I co...
  • Sahitya
    Wow was this book very emotional. The struggles of a rebellious woman with an intelligent mind in an environment that considers a woman to be nothing more than the property of her husband is very humbling to read. Forugh is never satisfied in conforming to the norms and does everything she can to give life to the words constantly forming in her mind. Though I was surprised to know that some of the most compelling relationships in the book are act...