It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

by Firoozeh Dumas


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It Ain't So Awful, Falafel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Rosemary-Standeven More than 1 year ago
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This is a lovely, heart-warming story about a young girl growing up in a foreign country and juggling the demands of her social world and that of her parents and their culture. Zomorod is about the same age as me, but that is about the only similarity in our lives. I remember the Shah of Iran being ousted when I was a child, but as then I had never met an Iranian, it did not really impinge that much on my consciousness. I would hope that I would have reacted more humanely than many of Zomorod’s classmates did when she joined the school, and then when her world fell apart. Since then I have met many wonderful Iranians, and probably the best holiday of my life was when I spent two weeks on a tour around Iran. I now am fascinated about everything Iranian, and this book was a particular pleasure. The dedication at the beginning is “to all the kids who don’t belong, whatever the reason”. Zomorod did not fit in at all well at the start. She knew none of the requisite social pleasantries, her mother didn’t speak English, and her father could bore anyone and everyone with his expositions about the oil industry in Iran. Bullying at school was a perpetual trial. Changing her name to the more pronounceable “Cindy” was a step towards social acceptability. And once she had found a real friend in the amazing Caroline (why can’t we all be like Caroline and her family), things started to look up. But then world events crash headlong into Cindy’s fragile American life, and the bullying of her and her family take a really nasty turn. The growing crisis in Iran is dealt with so informatively, and from such a personal point of view, that it has a much greater impact than would a history book about the same material. History books seldom manage to portray the overwhelming impact on an individuals’ life of earth-shattering events. In this book, the effects of the Shah and Khomeini’s decisions are felt keenly in America and in Iran – from so many different points of view, but all through the eyes of a young girl. You know intellectually how things will unfold, but reading about the crisis, from one phone call to the next, really leaves an indelible emotional mark. Cindy is remarkably resilient, and positive throughout her adversity, and more and more helped through by the “kindness of strangers”. At the end of the book, the author points out that kindness is the main theme of the book, and how it can make such an enormous difference to everyone’s life. Her website on the “Falafel Kindness Project” is also worth a look. I loved this book for many reasons, and I hope you will too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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