The Walking

The Walking Two brothers from a small Iranian mountain village Saladin who has always dreamed of leaving and Ali who has never given it a thought are forced to flee for their lives in the aftermath of a politi

  • Title: The Walking
  • Author: Laleh Khadivi
  • ISBN: 9781596916999
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Two brothers from a small Iranian mountain village Saladin, who has always dreamed of leaving, and Ali, who has never given it a thought are forced to flee for their lives in the aftermath of a political killing The journey is beset by trouble from the start, but over the treacherous mountains they go, on foot to Istanbul and onward by freighter to the Azores.There, afterTwo brothers from a small Iranian mountain village Saladin, who has always dreamed of leaving, and Ali, who has never given it a thought are forced to flee for their lives in the aftermath of a political killing The journey is beset by trouble from the start, but over the treacherous mountains they go, on foot to Istanbul and onward by freighter to the Azores.There, after a painful parting, Saladin alone continues on the final leg, on a cargo plane all the way to Los Angeles He will have a new life in California, but will never be whole again without his beloved brother and the living heritage that has always defined him.The Walking is the second novel in a trilogy about Khadivi s homeland of Iran, a country poised between the ancient and the modern and tossed by political winds that have buffeted the entire globe Here, Khadivi tells the story of exodus from homeland, an experience that hundreds of thousands of Iranians underwent, and which millions of others, from different places around the world, have also experienced In the story of two brothers, Khadivi brilliantly explores the tension alive in all immigrants, between the love and attachment to the place they must leave, and the hopes and dreams that lie in the places they are headed.

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    1. We must go.Must we?Yes. For our dignity. For our future. For a chance. This new regime is not capable of dignity. I heard just the other day, Mehri Khanoum was walking down the streets and they approached her, told her to wipe the vanity off her lips, a razor blade hidden in the napkinjust like that.I heard, the mass hangingsI heard a stoning in the squareOther voices said, Sit for a minute, have a chai, let us think this through.Iran, 1979. The Shah has fled and the conversations teem with fret [...]

    2. This book was very disjointed, in a way that didn't really work for me. It kept flashing back and forth between Saladin's first few days in America and his reactions to it and his journey with his brother to try to get there. I have to admit not being very patient when I read it; it seemed really slow and there wasn't really much of a plot. But seeing as it's more a book about a cultural experience, there's not always really supposed to be.The main thing that I remember from this book is the dam [...]

    3. "These Kurds, so moody and serious, always at war with something"I try not to make reviews personal, but it was difficult not to for this book. I am an immigrant to Canada, but I immigrated at a very young age - I grew up here. I knew full well the struggles my parents faced in getting their lives sorted here, the culture shock that occurred from an abrupt entrance into Western culture from Kurdish culture, but I never truly understood or experienced those struggles.This book put it all into per [...]

    4. This book, in my view, is the best of the trilogy. It shows a gripping adolescent transformation through the experience of flight from a country at war with its own people. Two teenage brothers are called to demonstrate their loyalty to the new regime by participating in the execution of some political prisoners. Their choices trigger the events that make up the story.The time shifts and the blurring between dialogue, internal monologue, and memory create a mood of immediacy. This mood is height [...]

    5. Exile and immigration, less satisfying as a storyThis "novel" is less a story than it is a reflection on the state of being an exile from your "own" country and an immigrant into another country. Especially when the country you left, in fact just one village in that country, had been your family's home for many generations.That wasn't my experience at all growing up. My ancestors lived all over the US and Europe, each generation in a new city, so in that way this book was interesting for me. I b [...]

    6. Another depressing book about the Middle East. Well written - captures the sense of dislocation and unconnectedness of the refugee in an unfamiliar culture.

    7. "His eyes were snake set, and the artist could not pull any nobility from the shape of his head" (8)."the moon was no more than an eyelash in the sky" (31)."When he wakes, the surface is farther away, pulled down from his feet like sheets left behind by arisen bedmate" (42)."This is what does not follow us when we go."Our grandmother's tea set, the eight gilded glasses and their saucers, antiques by now. Sentimental, we know, but no other glasses will sound the same when clinked together, no oth [...]

    8. The Walking, the second book in Khadivi's trilogy, is marked by the same brilliant prose as the first. (See my review of The Age of Orphans.) Where the first followed nearly the entire life of a Kurd who leaves then returns to his homeland as one of the Shah's occupying soldiers, this one takes place only over the course of about one year after the Iranian revolution. A young man (the son of the main character in The Age of Orphans) who has grown up watching American movies and longing to go to [...]

    9. There are some books that you will go back to, and you can sense that while reading them. There is something about them from the first word that pulls you inside and you willingly succumb to the world the writer has created and sometimes just want to stay there. This happens to me more often than not when I read and this time it happened more so while I was reading, “The Walking” by Laleh Khadivi. The book had been lying on my shelf for a while and I was reluctant to pick it up because I had [...]

    10. Why aren't more people reading this book?!?!? I don't hand out 5 stars all that often, but I just couldn't give this one 4 stars without feeling like I was cheating it. Wonderful novel about a brother's forced, but at the same time longed-for, journey from Iran to L.A. in the late 70's/early 80's. Intimate and soaring at the same time, with beautiful passages that make your heart hurt a little, sometimes in a good, hopeful way and others in a despairing way. Non-linear telling, mixed with interl [...]

    11. "The Walking" is the second book in a proposed trilogy, the first being "The Age of Orphans". Both of these books trace the lives of several generations of people of Kurdish descent, their struggle against oppression, their flight to freedom and the consequent effort to simply survive.The second book has less poetic appeal but this seems somehow necessary, as it is very much a story of spareness, stark survival.I truly admire this author's work, her literary skill, her courage to tell a story th [...]

    12. This is a haunting and beautifully-written novel. Laleh Khadivi's lyrical, poetic style creates a dreamlike beauty that is interwoven like a soft mist into the story that begins in Iran at the time of the Islamic Revolution and ends in America. It is at times a story of the love of family and culture but also of fear, confusion, grief, and displacementd eventually of redefining oneself in a new country. The novel is, for the most part, the story of Saladin, one of two Iranian brothers who escape [...]

    13. Review------Not a simple book to classify or put under a neat list of likes and did not likes. There are some books that we read for fun, or sheer excitement, and some that once you finish the last page leave a sensation akin to a memory or an experience, and that is extremely difficult to define or assign arbitrary stars of rank to. So, the best I can do is say that if you (the reader) are interested in Iranian history or culture, if you enjoyed books like The Kite Runner you will most likely f [...]

    14. I selected this book because I had so enjoyed the author's first one: "The Age of Orphans", but they are as different as night and day. I couldn't even finish "The Walking", though technically speaking it was an exciting story and should have held my attention. Two young boys are forced to flee Iran at the outset of the 1979 revolution after a gruesome execution in which they are unwilling observers. Saladin and his brother Ali journey through deserts, cross the ocean, before Saladin lands in Lo [...]

    15. This was a very interesting book. This book made me realize how precious one's life is. Some people struggle on a day to day basis to survive. The actual story was easy to read. You experience life thru the eyes of the main character and all of his struggles, losses and happiness. The only thing that I did not like about the book was that it just ended. Once the character reaches his destination in life you keep waiting for that big ending that never comes and the book just ends. I loved the fac [...]

    16. A great book! It should be required reading for all teenagers in America! Well told frightening story of two Iranian Kurdish brothers who escape with their "lives" from Iran in the late 70's when the Shah came to power. One brother wanted nothing else than to come to Hollywood and live the American dream while the other longed for returning to their homeland. The narrative moves back and forth between Iran and California and places in between. A tribute to all immigrants and their struggles. I r [...]

    17. This is what I want a book to be. Measured, thoughtful, about one person and about every person.Fast read but not a page-turner by any means. This is an extremely patient book that explores what it means to leave a home that hurt you, and what it means to arrive in a place that doesn't want you. By the time Khadivi turns the novel from micro to macro, I was invested enough in Saladin's story for it to be powerful to consider that this story wasn't just about Saladin, but the experience of a coun [...]

    18. This novel, follows two brothers as they escape Iran and flee to unknown parts. One of the brothers eventually winds up in the U.S. and has to reconcile the world he imagined with what was instead waiting for him. It took me a little while to get used Laleh Khadevi's writing style, but once I got into this book I could not put it down. The book alternates not only between the characters current struggles as a recent immigrant and his past life in Iran but there are also chapters that detail the [...]

    19. This book is about two brothers who try to escape during the Taliban takeover. His dream was to get to la where the movies are . His mother always talked about and gave him money to go see. It's interesting to see the states through the eyes of a foreigner whose culture was vastly different. The time switches from past to future until you finally find out how he got there. The characters and descriptions of the locations weren't well developed.

    20. I really disliked the style of writing. It was really disjointed and the author goes on long rants to "create atmosphere" and to bring in general immigrant experience rather than just focusing on the central characters. Should have dumped it after a chapter but found I actually did want to find out what happened to the two brothers exiled from Iran. The story itself could have been fabulous for me if written differently.

    21. SALADIN always wanted to leave Iran. He does in 1979 when the revolution begins. He walks with immigrants through countless dangers. He eventually boards a ship and arrives in Los Angeles. He finds hostility due to the hostage crisis back in his homeland. Does he find a new home in this new city?Khadivi writing is flowing.QUESTION: When did authors give up quotation marks?? I need to see them as a reader. (That's the retired teacher in me!!)

    22. About a Kurd and his brother who leave Iran during the 1979 Revolution. Informational, interestingally more 4.5 than 4.I liked this book Very much, and really looked forward to spending time with it on the bus.The only thing that kept it from being a "5" for me was that it became to inner-directed, too reflective for me, but the fault therein lies with me, not the writer.

    23. I liked this book and I learned a lot about the Iranian Revolution and its effect on individuals & families. However, I thought that the two main characters (brothers) could have been more developed. I would have been more invested in their outcomes if I cared more about them.

    24. Great book to help those of us privileged to live in a country not torn by war and terror see what a refuge's life might be like. Their bravery and determination is awesome to me. This book had me contemplating what I would do in all the situations presented in the book. Very interesting.

    25. Absolutely stunning. The book transports you to another mind, another worldview, in such a complete way-- it's hard to shake out once you've finished.

    26. I was deeply moved by this novel. It's lyrical rhythmic prose took me deep into the character's loss, befuddlement and longing. The dislocation and disconnection of refugees is harrowing.

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