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Solacers

Narrated by: Neil Shah
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
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Solacers tells the touching story of a boy's search for family life and safety following the divorce of his parents in Iran during the 1960s. The first child of a heartless father and a discarded mother is left to fend for himself on the streets of Mashhad, seeking food and shelter wherever he can. His lonely early years are an unbelievable tale of cruelty and betrayal on the part of nearly everyone who might be expected to help, save for one aunt who does her best to keep him from starving.

But living a harsh and solitary existence has one advantage for this little boy: other than forcing him to be self-reliant, no one attempts to indoctrinate him on rural Iranian society's archaic cultural values and religious beliefs. And so he never accepts his wretched state as fate, choosing instead to dream big dreams about getting an education, having his own family, and starting a new life - possibly in the faraway land called America.

He makes a plan and by the age of 17 he boards a plane to the land of possibilities, where his dreams eventually also take flight.

©2011 Arion Golmakani (P)2017 Tantor

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  • shireen jahedkar
  • 23-08-2019

One of my new favorites

Solacers has easily become one of my new favorite stories. My father also came to the US as part of the IIN pre-revolution, and hearing these stories was like listening to the stories my father is no longer around to tell. I appreciated the bits of Farsi the author included (bastani was one of my first Farsi words!) and the detailed descriptions of people, places and food. The author's insight into the culture and balancing the feeling of loving Iran but also having the desire to go to the US helped round out the story nicely. Possibly my only quam was that I felt as if the narrator pronounced some of the Farsi and Persian names differently than I expected. However, I do appreciate that the narrator appears to have Middle Eastern roots.

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  • Naomi c
  • 05-05-2018

moving and humbling

I loved every minute of this heart wrenching story. It made me feel, cry, laugh, and appreciate my life. A must read for all.

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  • T. Dugan
  • 20-07-2017

Very nice but sad story

It was a good glimpse of pre revolutionary Iran and the tribulations of one poor child.