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A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea: A Novel by Dina Nayeri

By Dina Nayeri

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A magical novel a few younger Iranian girl lifted from grief via her strong mind's eye and love of Western culture.

growing to be up in a small rice-farming village in Nineteen Eighties Iran, eleven-year-old Saba Hafezi and her dual sister, Mahtab, are captivated via the US. they maintain lists of English phrases and acquire unlawful Life magazines, tv indicates, and rock tune. So whilst her mom and sister disappear, leaving Saba and her father by myself in Iran, Saba is bound that they have got moved to the US with no her. yet her mom and dad have taught her that “all destiny is written within the blood,” and that twins will dwell a similar existence, no matter if separated through land and sea. As she grows up within the heat and group of her neighborhood village, falls out and in of affection, and struggles with the restricted probabilities in post-revolutionary Iran, Saba envisions that there's in a different way for her tale to spread. someplace, it needs to be that her sister resides the Western model of this lifestyles. And the place Saba’s global has the entire grit and brutality of genuine lifestyles lower than the recent Islamic regime, her sister’s adventure supplies her a freedom and regulate that Saba can in simple terms dream of.
packed with a colourful forged of characters and awarded in a bewitching voice that mingles the rhythms of japanese storytelling with smooth Western prose, A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea is a story approximately reminiscence and the significance of controlling one’s personal destiny.

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But after Ponneh cut her hand that day, Reza sat beside her and sang bits of a French song that Saba had shown him a few days before. “Le Mendiant de l’Amour” became popular in Iran because of its easy-to-mimic chorus and manic Persian-sounding melody.  . “That’s not what it means,” shot Saba, feeling personally injured by Reza’s blatant mistranslation, by his awful accent, and his lovely voice. ’ It’s French. ” She wanted to repeat her point, but didn’t want to be accused of showing off again.

How much earth, Saba asked me once after the big loss of half her family. How many scoops of my teaspoon would get me all the way from here to there? She held that spoon poised against the earth as if she were ready to start digging to her sister. She knew just how to break my heart. “He isn’t paid enough,” Mahtab said that day about the Sun and Moon Man. ” And Saba knew it was true, because at the end of every tale, the storyteller is required to do the truth-and-lies poem, the one that rhymes “yogurt” and “yogurt soda” (maast and doogh) with “truth” and “lies” (raast and doroogh).

Saba replies with shy smiles and nods. It is their private routine. Later, Ponneh accused Saba of excluding her again, revealing their secret pantry, and showing off in English. Saba accused Ponneh of cutting her hand on purpose, not truly caring about the music, and stealing her song. But in a world without Mahtab, Saba can’t last long without a best friend. Soon more important things distracted them. Ponneh discovered that with the right color chalk, she could draw 48 a t e a spoon of e a rth a n d se a entire scenes on the inside of an old white chador.

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