Cry of the Peacock

Cry of the Peacock

Book - 1991
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Peacock the Jew is nine years old and living in the Esfahan ghetto when she marries Solomon the Man. She is the descendant of a three-thousand-year-old tribe of Jews -- the oldest community in diaspora, a people largely unknown to the outside world. He is a singer in the royal court, a wealthy man known for his good looks and his charm. A decade later, she will become the first woman in her ghetto ever to have left her husband.
Against the backdrop of two hundred years of history, CRY OF THE PEACOCK traces the story of a Jewish woman caught in the turmoil of twentieth-century Iran. Told in a series of wondrous linked tales that weave a rich and epic tapestry, it is a magical journey inside the Iranian nation and its people. For the first time in any Western language this story of Iranian Jews offers an insider's glimpse into one of the most critical parts of the world today.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square, [1991]
Copyright Date: ©1991
ISBN: 9780743403375
Branch Call Number: FIC Nahai
Characteristics: 341 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jane60201 Jan 05, 2014

A wonderfully written story as well as a little known history of Iran and Iranian Jews. Helpful in giving background on recent issues in the Middle East.

Npavlis Jan 20, 2011

I cannot remember how I found this book, but I have always been glad I did. Nahai is a beautiful storyteller, twining together the lives of generations of women in Iran. From the untameable Esther to Peacock, she portrays life in a little written about community (Jews in Iran) and about a time of great passion and pain, beauty and ugliness.

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