By Kamin Mohammadi
Kamin Mohammadi used to be 9 years outdated whilst her relatives fled Iran in the course of the 1979 Revolution. Bewildered via the seismic adjustments in her place of birth, she grew to become her again at the earlier and spent her teenage years attempting to slot in with British attitudes to family members, nutrition and freedom. She used to be twenty-seven ahead of she back to Iran, drawn inexorably again by way of stories of her grandmother's apartment in Abadan, with its conventional internal courtyard, its noisy gatherings and its very wallssteeped in history.The Cypress Tree is Kamin's account of her trip domestic, to rediscover her Iranian self and to find for the 1st time the tale of her kinfolk: a sprawling extended family that sprang from humble roots to bloom through the prosperous, Biba-clad Sixties, in simple terms to be shaken via the horrors of the Iran-Iraq conflict and the heartbreak of exile, and toughened through the fight for democracy that maintains today.This relocating and passionate memoir is a love letter either to Kamin's remarkable family members and toIran itself, an old nation which has survived quite a bit sleek tumult yet the place pleasure and resilience will consistently conquer melancholy.
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Qxd 11/7/03 3:39 PM Page 32 32 FIROOZEH DUMAS Having exhausted our geographical clues, we would say, “You’ve heard of India, Japan, or China? ” We had always known that ours is a small country and that America is very big. But even as a seven-year-old, I was surprised that so many Americans had never noticed us on the map. Perhaps it’s like driving a Yugo and realizing that the eighteenwheeler can’t see you. In Iran, geography is a requirement in every grade. Since the government issues textbooks, every student studies the same material in the same grade.
The most exciting part of the trip was the many tunnels, which enabled us to pass through the Elburz Mountains to reach the Caspian. We knew we were almost there by the change in the climate: the closer we came, the fresher and crisper the air.
My father, whose cultlike devotion to Farshid rules out the possibility of questioning any of Farshid’s decisions, was very impressed that the camp cost $500 for two weeks. Anything that expensive has to be good, he repeatedly said. qxd 11/7/03 3:39 PM Page 44 44 FIROOZEH DUMAS ther. ” After signing up for Pine Lodge Mountain Summer Camp, I received a list of supplies I would need, none of which we owned. The following Saturday, my father and I set out for Montgomery Ward. My father, whose aversion to shopping is well known, believes anything that costs more than it did back in Ahwaz in 1946 is overpriced.
The Cypress Tree: A Love Letter to Iran by Kamin Mohammadi