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BOOK REVIEW: THE ROOFTOPS OF TEHRAN
BY MAHBOD SERAJI

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This is a captivating story about ordinary people living in an extraordinary time. Persia (Iran), in the 70's, is suffering under the rule of the Shah and the populace places much of the blame on America. The story unfolds featuring two young men, Pasha and Ahmed. They are much like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Pasha is literary and idealistic. Ahmed is practical and pragmatic. The love stories of both young men are intertwined with the political climate in the country. Their middle-class community is represented with candor and much detail. The customs of the era, especially as they relate to dating and marriage, are enlightening. The pain and suffering endured by these two young men and their extended families tell us much about the way Iranians deal with life in general, and deprivation specifically. There is no happy ending to this story, but there is always the hope for a sequel.

We know nothing about the Middle East, other than what we hear on the national news. We tend to think that Middle Easterners hate us and that they are all terrorists or war-mongers. In fact, Middle Easterners are just like Americans -- there are good ones and bad ones but we all have more in common than we know. It is fascinating to read about their culture -- the manner in which they date, marry, mourn, and conduct funerals. While substantially different than our customs, they are mesmerizing. Once we all focus on our commonalities, life should be better for all of us. I eagerly await another novel from this author.

REVIEWED BY CARMELITA PETERS

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