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Open Secrets: Stories oD the story rewards multiple reads I m teaching it this semester to students who for the most part don t read for pleasure and manyf them have told me how much they ve been enjoying it Sons and Other Flammable Objects

revolves around the 
around the Stop Bullying Me! of the Adam properly pronounced Odd damn as somef the wittiest writing in the novel explains family The novel focuses with laser like uality Maddie Inherits a Cowboy on the lifef Xerxes Adam the wayward confused bicultural Iranian American son whose Still Alice obsessions with Barbara Eden mediocrity a desperate desire to assimilate and determination never to return to his family ground the novelSons is a modern day bildungsroman albeitne that takes place well into the character s adulthood suggesting that growing up in Rasputin our post 911 multicultural American landscape comes later than adolescencer even Royal Heirs Required our mid twenties Khakpour s Xerxes is at times despicable endearingpitifulrage inducingand utterly without tools in a modernized world that reuires a hefty wrench and Phillip s screwdriver Raised in Los Angeles socially isolated and preternaturally awaref the differences between himself and his peers in sunny LA Xerxes manages his angst with I Love Jeanie choreographed coughing designed to ease awkwardness with his Parents And Plan To and a plan to to anywhere which eventually lands him in New York When hits in the form Hag's Nook of 911 Xerxes fear fearf his difference being revealed his The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare own dull awarenessf self destructive tendencies and loneliness fold him into a downward spiral The novel A misteriosa chama da rainha Loana opensn the Adam family as Darius Adam Xerxes father tries to save Save themselves in the end via saving the spring s batch 年下彼氏の恋愛管理癖 [Toshishita Kareshi no Renai Kanriguse] of blue jays who had suddenly in their cheeryblivious way taken residence among the palms and Slippery When Wet oaksf their conflicted suburban California neighborhood This incident Darius trying to save the birds becomes the trigger for the disintegration Julius Caesar: The Life and Times of the People’s Dictator of the relationship between father and son It also provides the central allegory in the novel birds the universal symbolf freedom here also reference the Persian mythology Die Schnapsstadt of Simorgh an ancient flying creature The larger allegory suggests as does the title that children are flammablebjects serving as the family phoenix rising from the ashes La fortuna dei Wise of destruction but they may also fail to understand their parents and themselves burning in theirwn rebirth It s been suggested that Sons is reminiscent Thunderbolts: Justice, Like Lightning... of Zadie Smth s White Teeth I found this comparison distracting It is a disservice to both authors My assumption is that in the publishing world Zadie Smith is shorthand for multicultural genre It is true that both Smith and Khakpour focusn the family tableaux and both have written characters Smith in The Autograph Man By Pike and Dyke :A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic obsessed with blonde beauties as a way to escape ethnic differenceIt is also true that with Sons Khakpour reveals an enviable talent at nearly the same age as Smith s debut But Sons is much too non linear to be likened to Smith Sons can be described as partf the literary progeny Medioevo «superstizioso» of two Hermans Wouk for humor and Melville for the expansive attempt to capture a moment in American history that reflects a greater commentaryn diversity belonging nation building violence and personal identity Sons is a complex novel that does not adhere to a linear psychological development f characters Like many first novels Khakpour would have benefited from disciplined editing the book is simply too long and in places could be far focused Readers will need vigor to understand the witty asides metaphors and character development I am glad that writers like Khakpour recognize and claim 911 and the resulting realignments and fear as ne The Beloved Scoundrel ofur new century s greatest human narrative arcs I am glad that an Iranian American woman s voice has been added to these discussions and conversations Too Downcanyon: A Naturalist Explores the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon often in the US we see Middle Eastern women as those to be liberated not as those who in fact have nuanced powerful funny leaning toward biting and liberating messages This was a random used bookstore find which can be greatr still I mean I hate hate hate the hype machine I hate manufactured buzz I hate the assumption that large print runs large fan base a necessarily superior book But sometimes The books that don t get the buzz and the fame really just aren t as good And this is Il Barça onef themThe book started Italian Phrase Book out very impressive Porochista s got a lovely way with words with long twisty metaphor heavy sentences She creates a very good sensef place There are Lovesong (Green Creek only a few characters and they re very develop. T he is different¡ªwith an understandingf his Iranian heritage that vacillates from typical teenage embarrassment to something so tragic it can barely be spoken His father Darius The Countess obsessesver his sense f exile and fantasizes about a nonexistent daughter he can relate to better than his living son; Xerxes' mother changes her name and tries to make friends; but neither f them can. Ed It s mainly just a family husband wife kid Iranian refugees in LA Everything That Happens Everything that happens a lot f gravitas all these background and foreground stories where you know she in LA Everything that happens has a lot f gravitas all these background and foreground stories where you know she really hard to sculpt and craft them so they would be complex and shiny and resonant But um and this is a criticism I would not have expected from myself that shit becomes really tiresome after a couple hundred pages The sentences just get longer and longer and less and less comprehensible if you re not giving 100% concentration And the dramatic buildup is just way verdone after a while especially because she does this really weird thing where she verexplains and verexpositions all this buildup to a mini climax detailing everyone s mental
processes before and 
before and a conversation going n and Roma Noir on about the symbolism and people s histories and what led them to the point where they are sitting in this specific place having this specific conversation where everything is about to go horribly wrong it s coming the horribly wrong thing the conversation is given in snippets interspersed with yet exposition and thought and history wait we re almost to the point where the Bad Thing gets said and lots bad things will happen as a resultf this and let me tell you something about them and that no but really they re A History of the Crusades, Volumes I, II and III (Boxed Set) opening their mouths the Bad Thing is coming in just like a microsecondAnd then a section break and we are in a different city watching someone else do something totally different Which I guess is a tactic for like suspense writers But this is literary fiction and the Bad Thing is like a two minute exchange between a father and a son and it s going to be fifty pages until I findut what was actually said That is so fucking annoying And Love is the Enemy on somef those mini climaxes she doesn t actually ever detail the Bad Thing Exhalation or she kindf hints at it but then it s hard for me to even get why the Bad Thing is so bad actually Shit I have to leave More laterOkay But before I continue bashing poor Porochista I have to say another thing that I m surprised to hear myself admit this is the very first literary treatment Galileo of September 11th that has not made me enraged Let me see if I can explain why that is Firstf all it s not screamed about Oglinda salvata on the back cover nor is it at treated like it s the main focusf the book nor is it lazily inserted as a shorthand for a certain time and place and all the feelings that go along with that nor is it a bid for sympathy r seriousness n the part Nemico of an author who deserves neither Instead it is seamlessly and RELEVANTLY woven into the story a story let me say againf a by this point twenty something Iranian born guy living in New York whose life is shitty and uncertain and miserable and who has not spoken to his father who lives in California still in like five years Cannella e polvere da sparo or his mother inver a year So this is an important plot device because f course nly the most heartless kid would not call his parents to tell them that he s alive n the afternoon f September 11th which f course allows the story to move n from talking and thinking about not talking into thinking about and actually talking again So props for that But all the same meh This is not a terrific book It s too long it s too wordy and despite all the DOGA AST over description I still never really felt like I understood the characters who all did a lotf strange and wrong things that I would not have expected None Poems (The I Tatti Renaissance Library) of them are really very sympatheticr likable Things are not resolved for all that they are exhaustively describedOh and I just now noticed that the cover endorsement is from Joshua Ferris I should have fucking known I had a really hard time getting into this book because Bleach, Volume 05 of the author s writing style Andn top Gather Together in My Name 1ST Edition of it I just didn t really like anyf the characters very much I couldn t get into this book and eventually gave up I have to give this book 5 stars because Porochista is my hag but it s also a really REALLY good book I m really inspired and impressed It took me a while to get into her narrative style but Pentimento once it clicked it was like Porochista was reading to me making me laugh with her wisecracks hilarious asides and turnsf phrase Hers is uite a uniue voice Apart from what you ve probably read in La maga delle spezie other reviews the thing that touched me most about this book was the way Porochista so sensetively and with great insight portrayed the fragility and complexityf the father son relationship Not an easy thing to do but she hit it absolutely The Last Testament on the nail Nuff respec. Help their son make sensef the terrifying violent last moments in a homeland he barely remembers As he grows into manhood and moves to New York his major goal in life is to completely separate from his parents but when he meets a beautiful half Iranian girl n the roof f his building after New York's wn terrifying and violent catastrophe strikes it seems Iran will not let Xerxes go.

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I have never read a book that provided so many characters interior monologues and come away knowing so little about them I am baffled by this book by the disassociation that seems to exist between the author s words and the things they describe much than the purposeful and situational disassociation The Art of Teaching the Bible: A Practical Guide for Adults of the characters from the things they lovedAnd the end at the airport with character D and character Sh that was just creepy An incredibly Gaudi overlooked novel from 10 years ago that might in the eraf Trump find itself coming back into relevance SONS AND OTHER FLAMMABLE OBJECTS centers around the relationship between a father Darius and a son Xerxes in a Persian American familyKhakpour in the tradition The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 2 of Zadie Smith gives us a long novel with a simple enough plot the Adams move from Iran to America They all have difficulty adjusting especially the patriarch Darius This breeds a bad home situation and eventually Darius son Xerxes grows up moves from his LA to New York and refuses to speak to his father Throughout the novel Darius struggles with the conflicting impulses to both push his son away and reclaim him as hiswn while Xerxes grappling with an identity crisis slowly comes to the realization that he can t disown his family if he wants to properly figure ut who he isI keep wanting to call this a Great American Novel which in some respects it is it is long "and the prose is fantastically well written the author is an American citizen and it has something in "the prose is fantastically well written the author is an American citizen and it has something in with ther books that have been given that vague title The citizen and it has something in common with Amen: what prayer can mean in a world beyond belief other books that have been given that vague title The Infinite Jest etc On thether hand none No Puedo Perderte of its main characters are born in America and nonef them seem to feel particularly American It is not so much a novel about the US as it is about the IDEA In Every Heartbeat of the US the Adams after fleeing their homeland are in searchf a new safer identity that The Seraphim Code of American But as they eventually learn what they re looking for can t be found the US is a collagef immigrant cultures which amalgamate to form something truly bizarre and incoherent Perhaps that is what makes it the ultimate Great American Novel that Khakpour seems to reject the very idea Sortemesse of an American anything I m skimming through the reviews and somehow managed thepposite reactions La fabbrica di cioccolato of most people here Properly loved the writing style didn t find it at all tedious For writing that is so wordy I appreciated that it wasn tverly flowery and to an extent was written as realistically as someone might speak That said I felt this book was at its best in its first half the thoughtful and relatively plotless half It hit a weak spot when the author s bitterness toward money began to show referring to the point at which we meet Suzanne s family The upper class family that has enough money to not appreciate gifts and that tosses around casual racism when no Klara with A K one s around I get the bitterness but it got toobviously personal here and the family was written as an easy stereotype I held my breath while hoping that the story wouldn t end the easy way Serving Sera out with a plane crash and was relieved that it didn t I was also glad that 911 was not a focal point though the political tension surrounding racereligion after 911 was what made the story s conclusion possible So everything here did in fact happen for a reasonAllf the characters in this book were difficult to like but had very realistic elements so I suppose it did a good job Samurai! of touchingn how unlikable real people can be and how that uality has to start somewhere You know what was also refreshing Seeing LA not painted in a glamorous light I partly grew up in the same LA suburb that Porochista Khakpour grew up in I know exactly what neighborhood Lala and Darius were supposed to be living in and she perfectly captured the ho hum unremarkable uality La meglio gioventù of it I had a hard time caring for anyf the characters in this book They were a dysfunctional family but with no redeeming ualities I do not think that the dysfunction was from being immigrants I think the characters were already dysfunctional I know there was a lot f angst for the son growing up in 2 cultures He felt that he didn t want anything to do with his birth culture r parents he also felt the American culture didn t want anything to do with him The real problems throughout were Solea obviously the relationshipsr lack By the Light of the Moon of them between the trianglef father son mother Second time reading Again I don t uite understand why people haven t read this book it s really fantastic Very carefully written the prose is beautiful an. Compared by Danzy Senna to the young Philip Roth for her lashing dark humor tinged with deep melancholy Porochista Khakpour is Molly Fyde and the Darkness Deep onef her generation's most Iconologia, Ovvero Immagini Di Tutte Le Cose Principali a Cui l'Umano Talento Ha Finto Un Corpo, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint) outrageously gifted new talents  Sons and Other Flammable Objects is atnce a comedy and a tragedy a family history and a modern coming f age story with a distinctly timeless resonanceGrowing up Xerxes Adam is painfully aware tha. .
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