Chicken with Plums

Chicken with Plums In November , Nasser Ali Khan, One Of Iran S Most Celebrated Tar Players, Is In Search Of A New Instrument His Beloved Tar Has Been Broken But No Matter What Tar He Tries, None Of Them Sound Right Brokenhearted, Nasser Ali Khan Decides That Life Is No Longer Worth Living He Takes To His Bed, Renouncing The World And All Of Its Pleasures This Is The Story Of The Eight Days He Spends Preparing To Surrender His Soul Chicken with Plums tells the heartrending story of a celebrated Iranian musician who gives up his life for music and love.When Nasser Ali Khan, Marjane Satrapi s great uncle, discovers that his beloved instrument is irreparably damaged, he takes to his bed, renouncing the world and all its pleasures Over the course of the week that follows, we are treated to vivid scenes of his encounters with family and friends, flashbacks to his childhood, and flash forwards to his children s future And as Chicken with Plums tells the heartrending story of a celebrated Iranian musician who gives up his life for music and love.When Nasser Ali Khan, Marjane Satrapi s great uncle, discovers that his beloved instrument is irreparably damaged, he takes to his bed, renouncing the world and all its pleasures Over the course of the week that follows, we are treated to vivid scenes of his encounters with family and friends, flashbacks to his childhood, and flash forwards to his children s future And as the pieces of his story fall into place, we begin to understand the breadth of his decision to let go of life.And it s then that we get to see a surprising cameo from Marjane herself with her beloved mother in 1998 I m still not over those two astonishing women.Also, there were a lot of parts that really hit home for me This one made me erupte into a truly impolite laugh When will farting jokes stop being funny to me And this next part with Azrael, the Angel of Death, was astounding I was really starting to get attached to Nasser Ali and his intricate life but then it ended so abruptly And I was left with my jaw on the floor.It seems like I ll never get enough of Marjane Satrapi s writing, which I mthan okay with I m already looking forward to reading The SighNote I m anAffiliate If you re interested in buying Chicken with Plums, just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commissionThis review andcan be found on my blog Marjane Satrapi is an author who needs no introduction Through Persepolis she enchanted millions of readers across the globe with a brilliantly crafted graphic memoir detailing the events of her life and times Her insights, keen eye for details, refreshing sense of humor and fantastic storytelling abilities made each of the cartoon frames in Persepolis brim with the essence of life.Through Chicken with Plums, Marjane Satrapi once again wields her magic wand to weave an emotional and dramatic t Marjane Satrapi is an author who needs no introduction Through Persepolis she enchanted millions of readers across the globe with a brilliantly crafted graphic memoir detailing the events of her life and times Her insights, keen eye for details, refreshing sense of humor and fantastic storytelling abilities made each of the cartoon frames in Persepolis brim with the essence of life.Through Chicken with Plums, Marjane Satrapi once again wields her magic wand to weave an emotional and dramatic tale of life and death which will captivate the reader Originally published in 2004 titled Poulet aux prunes, this graphic novel is the heartrending story of a man who willed for his own death, which will make the reader ponder over what makes one s life worth living Chicken with Plums introduces the reader with Marjane s great uncle Nasser Ali Khan who was an illustrious musician in Iran The book starts with Nasser Ali Khan s life during 1958 in Tehran where he is desperately looking for a replacement for his irreparably broken tar an important stringed music instrument in Iran and the Caucasus but he is unable to find one that speaks to him with the same level of passion that he conveys to his audience through his music Even a rare antique Yahya Tar a tar that is revered as a Stradivarius Violin fails to impress him Dejected he renounces all worldly pleasures and takes to his bed deciding to wait for his death And Eight days after this Nasser Ali Khan dies and the reader is presented with a full page cartoon panel, which illustrates his burial.What follows is the author s recreation of the events of the last eight days of Nasser Ali Khan as he lies in his bed waiting for the approach of death With brilliant use of flashbacks and flash forwards Marjane painstakingly presents sub stories of people from Nasser Ali Khan s life in frames that are melancholic, dreamy and passionate yet laced with traces of humor Through the narrations of these eight final days the author makes Nasser Ali Khan reveal everything about him story of his childhood, relations with his family members while growing up, his love, his fantasies, his music, the disappointments over his married life, how his tar got damaged, anxiety about his kids to the reader which piece by piece like a puzzle finally disclose the true reason behind the decision to give up his life The non linear way of storytelling and the way in which the reader is taken back to the initial scene of the book during the conclusion is a clever technique from the author, which adds to the suspense and enjoyment for the reader.The style of illustration employed is elegant with its simplicity and the Spartan black inking is the same signature Marjane Satrapi form which readers of her other graphic novels will be so familiar with The way Marjane captures facial emotions in her illustrations, especially the effort that is invested while drawing the eyes of her characters, which convey their inner thoughts, are admirable Even though there are slight narrations on the political and cultural life of Iran during the time, Chicken with Plums is a rumination by the author on love, passion and art and is a study on the spark of inspiration which makes one s life worth living This is an absorbing love story, which will delight the reader and will make him breeze through the book with pleasure For me reading Chicken with Plums was a satisfying experience.Heaven s wheel gained nothing from my coming, Nor did my going augment its dignity Nor did my ears hear from anyone Why I had come and why I went.He began my creation with constraint,By giving me life he added only confusion We depart reluctantly still not knowing The aim of birth, existence, departure.I will end this review with these lines from Omar Khayy m, which wonderfully captures the eternal contemplation over what is the meaning of life Story about Art, Love Life The Complete Persepolis , , , , The Complete Persepolis , , , , , , , Quora , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , On the face of it, Chicken and Plums is simply a story about Nassir Ali Kahn, a revered musician, who is on a search for a new tar because his favorite one has been broken His search leads him far, including humor and disappointment, for one that will sound as beautiful as his former, beloved one did Sadly, other tars, no matter how expensive, fail to satisfy him and he therefore decides life is not worth living and lies down waiting to die.We learn muchthough, as after he makes the deci On the face of it, Chicken and Plums is simply a story about Nassir Ali Kahn, a revered musician, who is on a search for a new tar because his favorite one has been broken His search leads him far, including humor and disappointment, for one that will sound as beautiful as his former, beloved one did Sadly, other tars, no matter how expensive, fail to satisfy him and he therefore decides life is not worth living and lies down waiting to die.We learn muchthough, as after he makes the decision to die, the story follows the final eight days of his life until his funeral with flashes of his life, both past and future, and the people in it.These flashes are filled with humor, sadness, family relations, regret, and lost love Through his encounters and these flashes we find perhaps other reasons why he has decided his life is not worth living.Is it really the loss of his tar that has cost him his will to go on Or something else I believe the answer is clearly shown in the beginning and ending of this poignant tale but I will leave the reader to draw their own conclusions.I will add to my thoughts a few quotes by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, one of Marjane Satrapi s favorite authors, that I believe sum up my feelings on why Nassir Ali Kahn has lost his desire to live What is Hell I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love And With love, one can live without happiness I personally believe, that this tale causes one to wonder can one live with all the happiness that life can provide, but without the love one s soul desires Finally, oneby Dostoyevsky For the secret of man s being is not only to live, but to have something to live for Ya sabemos c mo se las gasta la Satrapi con no demasiadas palabras y algo m s de tinta es capaz de contar grandes y, en ocasiones, grand simas historias Another brilliant, graphic novel from Satrapi This one is not long at all in fact, I read the whole thing in less than an hour s time.Chicken With Plums is a story about Satrapi s great uncle, Nasser Ali Khan Nasser Ali Khan is a musician who decides to die after his beloved tar is broken by his wife His marriage is pretty much a disaster, and as the novel progresses, we find out exactly why this is so and it just so happens to be the same reason for why Nasser Ali Khan is so very upset o Another brilliant, graphic novel from Satrapi This one is not long at all in fact, I read the whole thing in less than an hour s time.Chicken With Plums is a story about Satrapi s great uncle, Nasser Ali Khan Nasser Ali Khan is a musician who decides to die after his beloved tar is broken by his wife His marriage is pretty much a disaster, and as the novel progresses, we find out exactly why this is so and it just so happens to be the same reason for why Nasser Ali Khan is so very upset over his tar being broken He had been in love once, not with his wife, and his heart was brokenbroken to the point of using his tar as a vehicle to release some of his pain and hurt through music Over the course of eight days, the book takes us to the past and to the future, and in each trip, we as readers gain a littleinsight into the grander scheme of life and death Satrapi handles such heady topics with great finesse, and she does sprinkle her trademark, graphic humor around a bit not too much, not too little, but just enough to keep the novel from being so heady that it becomes depressing.My favorite quoteLife is the same We give meaning to life based on our point of view Only wisdom, like the light of the candle, can bring us a complete view of existence I saw the movie of Satrapi s Persepolis and found it deeply irritating But, being a pioneer in the graphic novel form hell, a lone populiser of the form I had to read something by her This graphic novella must I start a separate shelf for shorter graphic works is a melancholy folktale about a poor musician whose wife snaps his tar like a sitar in two Finding no replacement for his prize instrument, he takes to his bed to die, where he reflects on his thwarted life marrying the wrong woma I saw the movie of Satrapi s Persepolis and found it deeply irritating But, being a pioneer in the graphic novel form hell, a lone populiser of the form I had to read something by her This graphic novella must I start a separate shelf for shorter graphic works is a melancholy folktale about a poor musician whose wife snaps his tar like a sitar in two Finding no replacement for his prize instrument, he takes to his bed to die, where he reflects on his thwarted life marrying the wrong woman, neglecting his only son, but mainly losing his tar The question raised if all great art is borne out of misery, who needs great art Interesting A.L Kennedy article about this in The Guardian recently Anyway very gloomy and very good I will read Persepolis if someone twists both my arms This is a beautiful graphic novel about an Iranian musician who is heartbroken and who decides he doesn t want to go on living Nasser Ali is unhappily married and is upset that his beloved instrument, a tar that was given to him by his teacher, has been broken He tries to find a new tar, but is always disappointed in the quality Nasser crawls into his bed and refuses to leave for several days The only thing that gives him pleasure during this time is his favorite meal, chicken with plums.The This is a beautiful graphic novel about an Iranian musician who is heartbroken and who decides he doesn t want to go on living Nasser Ali is unhappily married and is upset that his beloved instrument, a tar that was given to him by his teacher, has been broken He tries to find a new tar, but is always disappointed in the quality Nasser crawls into his bed and refuses to leave for several days The only thing that gives him pleasure during this time is his favorite meal, chicken with plums.The story unfolds in flashbacks and we see how Nasser came to be so depressed He was once in love with a beautiful woman, but her parents forbid the marriage because he was a musician and couldn t support her So he married a woman he did not love and she grew to resent his moodiness The story slowly builds to a striking, wordless image that concludes the book I paused for several moments on the last page, impressed with how a simple black and white drawing can convey so much emotion.I wanted to read this graphic novel because I had read the author s Persepolis books, and loved them I m excited to watching the movie version of Chicken With Plums, which got good reviews I thought it was amusing that in the movie they changed Nasser s instrument to a violin the producers probably thought that was easier than explaining what a tar was It s similar to a lute yeesh, was that so hard

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  • Hardcover
  • 84 pages
  • Chicken with Plums
  • Marjane Satrapi
  • English
  • 06 October 2019
  • 0375424156