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Book Review

Book: The Blood of Flowers
Author: Anita Amirrezvani
Published: June, 2007
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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Synopsis: The Blood of Flowers chronicles the story of a young Iranian girl who travels from a small village to the city of Isfahan with her mother to live with relatives after the death of her father. Their new home in the huge city offers the pair a chance for a better life but only if they are willing to put the needs of their benefactors ahead of their own. Having knotted rugs in her village, the girl is overwhelmed by the beauty of the carpets her uncle designs as a royal carpet maker and she wants to learn all there is to the craft. Amazed at her interest, the uncle teaches his niece the fine points of his craft and finds that she is both talented and industrious. But mother and daughter are less than welcome by the uncle’s wife and tension builds. When the girl receives an offer of marriage – for only three months – from a wealthy man, she must make a difficult decision that affects her relationships with her mother, her relatives and her best friend and ultimately threatens her future as a carpet maker and her very survival as well.

Editor’s Review: Ill luck can rob people of all they have if they are not willing to be subservient to the demands of those who provide for them. In The Blood of Flowers, Amirrezvani has created a character capable of great love, compassion, loyalty and ultimately, wisdom, who is not only interested in learning but who is willing to do what it takes to succeed despite adversity and provide for herself and those she loves. Although carpet making is one of the central themes of this tale, it is not the only one; a significant portion of the book also details the sexual awakening of a young woman who is looking for love caught in a difficult situation but learns about herself and her own needs. Amirrezvani acquaints us with 17th century Iran with vivid descriptions of city life, including the customs and culture of the inhabitants as well as the ancient art of carpet making. She does a fine job of exploring relationships on several planes simultaneously while also touching upon artistic inspiration. Reading The Blood of Flowers, I couldn’t help but wonder what I would have done in a similar situation but somehow it all works out for the better in this endearing tale of love and growth.

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Diana Blake is a professional artist and art history enthusiast. Her fascination with art history began when she encountered European art firsthand during several trips abroad as a young adult. As she began to compose a portfolio for her own art career, she called upon what she had seen in Europe and extended her knowledge to other styles of art through profuse reading and exhaustive research. As a result, Diana has written more than one hundred articles in which she delves into a variety of art history topics and she has compiled a list of links that she believes to be invaluable for art history enthusiasts. In addition, she also reviews books and movies on the topic of art history and has assembled an extensive list of online stores that sell books, movies and gift items related to art history.
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