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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Angela Mcvay
    I think I have just met my favorite book. I read most of this in a single day until I remembered that I have my own life and had to part with it. Now that I have finished, I’m wondering if anything I read next will begin to compare. This is the story of the life and poetry of Forough Farrokhzad, an Iranian woman during the 1950’s to 1960’s. She was the first female Iranian poet who spoke out and inspired Iranian women not only from her time...
  • Donna Hines
    How much are you willing to give for your freedoms, your liberty, your independence, your ability to live life on your terms? This was a feel good book about creating your own mark in the world and leaving the world a much better place. When asked," Do you think there's anything I can do? Forugh responded with Because I'm a woman is that why? When confronted with hurdles she not only crushed her competition she ran with the sword proclaiming her ...
  • Kati Berman
    Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin DarznikI received this advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Song of the Captive Bird is based on the life of Forugh Farrokhzad, an Iranian poet, “a woman who battled to create a life on her own terms, to balance conflicting roles and desires, and to survive in an often-hostile world” (from the author ‘s note at the end of the novel).When Forugh is 15 years old, she meets her cousin,...
  • Ronnie Stephens
    Title: Song of a Captive BirdAuthor: Jasmin DarznikPublisher: Ballantine BooksPages: 416List Price: $27.00Song of a Captive Bird, by Jasmin Darznik, is a beautifully written novel about Iranian writer and activist, Forugh Farrokhzad, who came of age against the backdrop of the CIA-backed coup d’etat in 1953. Like many Iranian women, Farrokhzad was caught between tradition and modernization, between the expectation to be submissive and the desir...
  • 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...
  • Catherine
    I was looking forward to learning about a time and culture, far away from my own, but I never thought I’d be so thoroughly seduced by Jasmin Darznik’s debut novel, Song of a Captive Bird. It is a fictionalized account of Forugh Farrokhzhad, the first woman in Iran to defy her country’s cultural bias and repressive practices against women writers. She refused the diminishing label “poetess”, did not use a male pseudonym, and wrote on for...
  • Flavia
    Darznik’s novel is a courageous and raw masterpiece of fictional biography. The style is reminiscent of Farough Farrokhzad’s own bravery and creative drive. This is a beautiful, yet heart-wrenching tale of a poet’s life decanted through Darznik’s own poetical, delicate prose. The author has successfully aligned her voice to Farrokhzad’s in a first person narrative that sucks in the reader and knocks down any barriers in time/place. The ...
  • Katherine
    I seem to be on a feminist lit streak. I had never heard of Forugh Farrokhzad prior to reading one of the feminist biography collections that I recently picked up (can't remember which one... I think it was the Little Book of Feminist Saints). While this is a novelization of her life and not a biography, I found it incredibly fascinating. Many of the aspects of the story are, of course, factual to the time period, such as the discover of Iranian ...
  • Amanda
    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. As always, an honest review.Song of a Captive Bird tells the story of Forugh Farrokzhad, a famous and controversial Iranian poet. She's a spirited young woman in a world that expects girls to behave appropriately, meaning to be quiet and respectful of the men in her life. We join her on her journey in the story of her life as a courageous woman to find her own happiness. There were few, i...
  • Joy
    How do we not know about Forugh Farrokhzad and her art? I am adding her to my World Literature syllabus immediately.The first half of Darznik’s book builds an incredible empathy with Farrokhzad as a little girl and young woman with a voicethat cannot be silenced, despite the consequences. It seems to pick up, and the writing becomes much more emotionally charged and lyrical in the second half. There are passages that are genuinely heartfelt and...
  • Lineke
    Excellent story and insight into Life as a woman in Iran with desires and ambitions.
  • Terry
    For all that I’ve loved poetry (some of it) for most of my life (seven plus decades now), I’d never heard of Forugh Farrokhzad until I took up this “work of fiction in which all incidents and dialogue, and all characters with the exception of some well-known historical figures, are products of the author’s imagination.” Gotta love those disclaimers.Forugh is real, though, as are the translations of her poems scattered generously through...