My Father's Notebook, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


On a holy mountain in the depths of Persia there is a cave with a mysterious cuneiform carving deep inside it.

Aga Akbar, a deaf-mute boy from the mountain, develops his own private script from these symbols and writes passionately of his life, his family and his efforts to make sense of the changes the twentieth century brings to his country.

Exiled in Holland a generation later, Akbar's son Ishmael struggles to decipher the notebook, reflecting on how his own political activities have forced him to flee his country and abandon his family.

As he gets closer to the heart of his father's story, he unravels the intricate tale of how the silent world of a village carpet-mender was forced to give way to one where the increasingly hostile environment of modern Iran has brought the family both love and sacrifice.




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Story about a deaf mute and his son. Also about Persia, old and new. Slow paced. Disjointed narrative flow which I found distracting. The notebook of the title is actually the son's memories of his father. Ultimately affecting tribute.

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I absolutely loved this book

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