A Teaspoon of Earth and SeaDina NayeriRiverhead

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A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea: A Novel

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  • Filled with a colorful cast of characters and presented in a bewitching voice that mingles the rhythms of Eastern storytelling with modern Western prose, A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea is a tale about memory and the importance of controlling one’s own fate.

    A better novel would probably provide a deeper understanding of Iran, but A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea does at least provide a promising if uneven start for a young novelist.

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    Nayeri is a wonderful writer, and had she been able to storyboard her ideas with a good editor before starting to write, I believe she would have achieved exactly what she set out to do. A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea shows great promise, but on the whole it fails to deliver.

    A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea
    Dina Nayeri
    No preview available - 2013

  • An_Arkansas_Reader More than 1 year ago
    In many books, what is written on the book jacket or the online description gives away what happens in the first few chapters. In a Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, that description makes up the entirety of its plot. Not an action driven novel, this is primarily a story of what it feels like to be a woman in Iran after the Revolution. Though the writing is beautiful and evocative, the story itself seems to drag. I found the tone of the book and its main characters to be largely self-pitying. I might be whiney too in their circumstances, but I like to have a worthy protagonist to root for when I read, like I did in The Taliban Cricket Club or All Woman and Springtime. I will recommend this novel to friends for its beautiful writing and sense of atmosphere, but it won’t be at the top of my list.

    There's a kaleidoscopic quality to Dina Nayeri's prose, evoking the beat of Eastern storytelling, while its cadences remain resolutely American... The novel's message, however, is universal: we must do all we can to control our own fates. Daily Mail Infused with the prose of nostalgia, revelling in the simplicity of a rural culture that is gradually being eroded by ruthless oppression. Skilled writers such as Nayeri, Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner) and Hisham Matar (Anatomy of a Disappearance) play a crucial role in making the personal political. The Age This ambitious novel set in northern Iran in the decade after the 1979 revolution contains not a teaspoon but a ton of history, imagination, and longing. Publishers Weekly It's hard to believe A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea is Nayeri's first novel as colorful phrases dance throughout this epic tale of grief and love, memory and myth. Baltimore Times A gripping tale of female oppression. Australian Woman's Weekly

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It’s certainly an ambitious book, especially for a first novel, and I was left feeling that it had been too ambitious for its author. I didn’t think that A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea was terrible, so much as I thought that its potential was never realised.