Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Format: Kindle, Paperback
Maryam Tabibzadeh has released a fascinating historical saga of the love affair between the king of the Persian Empire and the princess of Armenia, based on a true story which is set in the 6th century. Husro and Shirin follow the individual lives of three people across three cities, exploring the intimate details of their lives in Iran during this period. Through the loves and losses of these characters and the telling and retelling of the stories, the reader is allowed to experience Ancient Persian culture from the inside. From the architecture of the palaces to the rules governing relationships between men and women, the texture of this rich culture permeates the book and interweaves the realities of the time and place with the lives of these characters.
By highlighting the importance of poetry in Persian culture, there are poems/songs throughout the novel which speaks of the love, tragedy, and joy that these characters experience over the years. Speaking from a place of great familiarity with the culture, Tabibzadeh takes the reader through time to experience the feeling of these characters. Tabibzadeh- tells the tale of Parviz and Shirin in a practiced, polished manner, capturing the poetry of the ancient story and its worldview: “That evening, when the night spread its hair, covering the world in darkness, Parviz went home and recited his prayers.” Describing the sources of inspiration and material for her novel, Tabibzadeh credits “This novel is the translation of beautiful Epic verses written by Nezami the famous Persian poet in the 12th century based on the true love story that rivals the Romeo and Juliette and is sweeter than any other romance you have ever read. I got some facts from another famous Poet Ferdowsi in the 10th century also.
In this rich epic novel, Maryam Tabibzadeh, brings anticipating readers fifty years of forgone Persian history filled with love, anguish and passion. She invites readers to follow along as she retells the intriguing story of a love that resembles that of Romeo and Juliette, and yet perhaps deeper than any love story ever told.
In this story we have Husro-Parviz: The mighty and forceful king of the Persian Empire. He is deeply in love with a woman that he cannot have, due to his dedication and loyalty to his country.
The woman he loves, Shirin, is the beautiful and strong princess of Armenia. Although, she has loved the magnificent Husro-Parviz deeply for a long time, she refuses to become his mistress. By her side is the handsome artist Farhad, who is fully devoted to, and loves, Shirin with his whole heart. He would give up his own life for her.
Maryam Tabibzadeh has composed a rich historical saga filled with intimacy, love, tragedy and joy. Writing from knowledge and experience, Tabibzadeh, brings readers a close look at the beautiful Persian culture back in the 6th century. She skillfully captures the poetry of this ancient tale with all its tragedy, splendor and glory. This story is a highly lustrous rendition of the stunning verses originally composed by, the renowned Persian poet Nizami.
Maryam Tabibzadeh has written a sumptuous and beautiful story that will captivate and intrigue readers to no end. It is polished and crisp with a style that is like no other. I was drawn in right from the very first chapter, enthralled and emotionally captivated. The language transcends ordinary storytelling and is impressive and lavish. With rich poetry and song lyrics, this novel will have readers mesmerized and transfixed.
Husro & Shirin: Persian Legends in Love is a highly intelligent novel written by an educated, talented and unique voice. The characters are deep, true and authentic. They are fully developed with intriguing personalities.
The descriptive writing takes this book to a higher level. The beautiful descriptions of the architecture, surroundings, objects and individuals are extremely visual and satisfying. Readers will be enthralled and engaged from beginning to end.
This novel has a lot going on. I will not spoil it by giving away too many details. The plot is full and rich, all the way to the wonderful satisfying conclusion. This is a brilliant, entertaining read about history, love and the lives of those living in 6th century Persian culture. The book is a must read 5 star novel.
All in all, Husro & Shirin: Persian Legends in Love, is a splendid sweet love story that transcends time and space. It is filled with romance, poetry, tragedy and much more. Chick Lit Cafe highly recommends Husro & Shirin: Persian Legends in Love to all discerning avid readers that love the best that literature can bring.
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