❴Reading❵ ➶ A Mirror Garden: A Memoir Author Monir Farmanfarmaian – Agedanna.info
A really interesting memoir about an artist born in Iran in 1924 who lived through the reign of the Shah and the turmoil after the Revolution. I couldn t decide between a 1 or 2 star to give A Mirror Garden A appropriate title for this memoir would have been diary of an extremely wealthy Iranian artist and socialite that had little to no elements of an engaging plot Womp womp Don t get me wrong, I liked Monir but we could never be real life bffs I couldn t relate to her in anyway The chapters dealing specifically with how she created her art pieces definitely did not help Before starting this diary, I was hoping the political history of Iran would be a prevailing theme and she tried, but most often I was zzz ing She also had the unique privilege of marrying into one of the wealthiest families of Iran so of course she can spend the rest of her life painting and traveling to Paris Now I m just venting but basically, A Mirror Garden was not a fulfilling read Monir, you still cool though. In Persia In , When A Child Still Had To Worry About Hostile Camels In The Bazaar And A Nanny Might Spin Stories At Her Pillow Until Her Eyes Fell Shut, The Extraordinary And Irresistible Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian Was Born From The Enchanted Basement Storeroom Where She Played As A Girl To The Penthouse High Above New York City Where She Would Someday Live, This Is The Delightful And Inspiring Story Of Her Life As An Artist, A Wife And Mother, A Collector, And An Iranian Here We See A Mischievous Girl Become A Spirited Woman Who Defies Tradition Both A Love Story And A Celebration Of The Warmth And Elegance Of Iranian Culture, A Mirror Garden Is A Genuine Fairy Tale Of An Exuberant Heroine Who Has Never Needed Rescuing From The Trade Paperback Edition I have read many Iranian memoirs books by revolutionaries describing how noble or terrible the revolution was for Iran, books by children of govt officials executed after the revolution, many books by diaspora in many forms but, I must say, this book is one of my favorite so far It is an interesting and well written autobiography of one of the imminent modern artists of Iran She married into an influential family under the Shah after living in NYC for a decade and returned to Iran to live a very comfortably and productively Forced to flee after the revolution, she spent years in exile in the US before finally moving back to Iran I love how she describes the wonderful social customs in Iran of politeness and hospitality, something mentioned in every memoir, and talks of the history and landscape with such obvious devotion She seems to be a graceful and thoughtful person and I am glad to know that she is still alive at 86 years old and back in Tehran where she wanted to be. Although I listed this as a three star for me I did enjoy the read of the author s life, and was most interested in the culture in which she lived It gives a better idea of The Middle East than what we necessarily hear on television. A modern fairytale A Persian woman escapes to New York on a whim, marries and then divorces a horrid husband, and works in the fashion industry until she moves back to Iran to marry a charming prince Once there, she spends her time recovering priceless Persian artifacts, and creating her own artwork Of course, at the revolution, they have to leave, and they make their lives in NY A lovely glimpse into another privileged, beautiful, extinct world. An intriguing read I loved learning about a new culture and seeing pieces of history through the eyes of an artist. Great photos I m sure she s an interesting person, but I just couldn t stick with it. I loved this book It is a simple biography, but you fall in love with the author almost immediately She is a strong, charismatic, confident, and capable woman I was very inspired to make my world what I want it to be. I had no familiarity with Monir Farmanfarmaian when I started this book By the time I was half way through, I was scouring the Internet for photos of her work There are pictures in the book, but they aren t great fuzzy black whites Monir combined media from her Persian roots with modern art in a fascinating way Her memoir also intersperses bits of modern Iranian history that I felt helpful and, in the end, poignant.