The King The King young Shah Naser takes to the throne of Persia at a turning point of history he inherits an enchanted medieval world of harems eunuchs and treasures as well as a palace of secret doors s

  • Title: The King
  • Author: Kader Abdolah Nancy Forest-Flier
  • ISBN: 9780811224857
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • The King, young Shah Naser, takes to the throne of Persia at a turning point of history he inherits an enchanted medieval world of harems, eunuchs, and treasures as well as a palace of secret doors, sudden deaths, and hidden agendas Within the court is danger enough outside all manner of change threatens industrialization, colonization Russia and England conspire to oThe King, young Shah Naser, takes to the throne of Persia at a turning point of history he inherits an enchanted medieval world of harems, eunuchs, and treasures as well as a palace of secret doors, sudden deaths, and hidden agendas Within the court is danger enough outside all manner of change threatens industrialization, colonization Russia and England conspire to open the King s empire his mother and his vizier take opposing sides The poor King almost an exact contemporary of Queen Victoria is trapped He likes some aspects of modernity electricity, photography but can t embrace democracy He must be a sovereign he must keep his throne The King cannot face change and he cannot escape it.With this gleaming and seemingly simple story, breathlessly paced and beautifully told, Kader Abdolah, the acclaimed Iranian migr novelist, speaks of deeper truths A novel which has many timely things to say about eras of change and upheaval, The King is an unforgettable book.

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    1. First off, let me start by saying that I have a clear weakness for Kader Abdolah’s style of writing and its tone; I consider it to be the style of a true storyteller, and not one I come across very often. There is always such a humbly objective tone to it, and it derives strength from its simplicity. Whereas others might not find it original enough, or wish he gave more flair to his prose – I understand your arguments, because his style is indeed not very complex nor is it fantastically eleg [...]

    2. The content is an overview of the shah of Iran in the late 1800's. Shah Naser is taking his country into a more modern era. He is trying to broker peace with Russia and Britain and he trusts no one.This is an examination of someone in power that isn't quite sure what do with that power. He makes mistakes at every turn in his efforts to be greater and to get an upper hand in his political aspirations.The reading is easy here. The chapters are short and the timeline often jumps several years betwe [...]

    3. Kader Abdolah è un affabulatore e ogni suo libro riesce a inchiodarmi alle pagine fino alla fine, grazie alle sue storie che sono ambientate in un tempo lontano e hanno un’ aurea di lievità fiabesca ma che ci parlano dei nostri giorni e dei suoi drammi. Il libro ci porta nella Persia del secondo ottocento, un paese che rimpiange la grandezza passata narrata dai cantastorie e diviso fra tradizioni feudali e voglia di cambiamento e modernità. I due personaggi principali sono lo Scià, un mona [...]

    4. Kader Abdullah, an Iranian who lives in exile, has illuminated an important part of his country's history for those (many) of us who are ignorant of it. Abdullah opposed the shah, then opposed what the revolution against the shah became. The book tells the story of a nineteenth century shah and the vizier who tried to guide him to modernize the country. I was surprised at how similar nineteenth century Persia was to nineteenth century China. The shah had a large harem (230 "wives" even when he w [...]

    5. Another excellent book by Abdolah. It tells the story of a 19th century Persian Shah and the struggle of Persia with modernity. It is very interesting how this sheds light on the current 'freedom protests' that take place in the Middle East. Here also, the autocrat ruler seems to be so distanced from what happens among the common people that he is not able and not willing to understand the seriousness of what's going on. Also the interaction of the struggle for modern privileges and the ambivale [...]

    6. Wat een meesterwerk weer van Kader Abdolah! Net zoals in zijn andere boeken staat de Islam in het Midden-Oosten (Afghanistan) centraal. In dit boek ga je naar de 19e eeuw, naar Perzië. De oude sjah komt te overlijden en zijn zoon, de kroonprins, neemt het van hem over. Dit is het moment waarop het verhaal begint, als de sjah zijn intrek neemt in het paleis in Teheran. De geschiedenis van de koningen van Perzië wordt uitgelegd en het systeem hoe de sjah, sjah wordt. Het was erg interessant om m [...]

    7. A sort of "I, Claudius" meets "A Thousand and One Nights" with a dash of "Richard III" thrown in. Nasir Shah however is not either Claudius or Richard, and Mahdolia is not Livia, but Kader Abdolah is certainly a spiritual descendant of Shahrazad, in that he can tell a story.There are no real surprises, however, in this story of a Shah, of ayatollahs, and young revolutionaries trying to change the history of Persia. Knowledge of the history of present-day Iran is proof that those who do not know [...]

    8. Voor mij is dit het beste boek van Kader Abdolah. Mooi geschreven en een goed opgezet verhaal. Het heeft een zekere actualiteit met de huidige ontwikkelingen in Noord Afrika. Een aanrader.

    9. This book is about Naser et Din Shah Ghajar, it is not a fiction nor history. It is very simple fictional presentation of this ghajar king and the start of the new modern Iran. Kader Abdolah has done a good efford in writing and presenting this story to international audience . If he was more respective to the historic events the book would definitely be more interesting. He has heard about characters of the king Naser and uses these fistic chharacters, but don't necessarily they have relation t [...]

    10. De koning is een sprookjesachtig geschiedkundig verhaal.De Sjah van Perzië is toch wat gekant tegen vernieuwing, maar zal hij het kunnen tegenhouden ?Kader Abdolah heeft een eenvoudige, maar mooie schrijfstijl. Het boek bestaat uit verschillende korte hoofdstukjes.Beide zaken maken het een aangenaam boek om te lezen.Alleen heb je het tegen het eind van het boek wel een beetje gehad met die Sjah.

    11. Mag zijn boeken graag lezen en dit is ook weer een interessant boek.Het gaat met name over het leven en bevoegdheden van de sjah en zijn vizier.

    12. Dit is het eerste boek van Kader Abdolah dat ik lees, en ik ben zeer positief verrast. 'De Koning' is een zeer goed geschreven historische roman over sjah Naser uit de 19e eeuw. Ik ben vooral onder de indruk van de manier waarop het kleine en het grote verhaal in elkaar zijn verweven; dwz, het leven van de sjah (die van de oude stempel is, en liever met zijn kat speelt of in de harem is) en de maatschappelijke ontwikkelingen die zich in rap tempo voltrekken om hem heen. De achterflap noemt het b [...]

    13. Het verhaal begint met het voorstellen van de belangrijkste personages. De personages worden tijdens het verhaal voorgesteld, waardoor het verhaal langzaam op gang komt.Toch blijft het verhaal treken een echte page turner. Mede doordat er in het begin vn het verhaal kleine bij verhalen zijn en wilt weten waar het toe zal leiden.

    14. De eerste helft las als een politiek sprookje en was daarin heel geslaagd. De tweede helft las als een feitelijk en soms tikkeltje droog verslag van de gebeurtenissen. Het sprookje was over, maar het grote leesplezier ook wel. Tot hoofdstuk 61 (van de 64) "De Elektriciteit", wat prachtig! Out with a bang.

    15. De Koning geeft een kijk op Perzie vanuit het oogpunt van de Sjah. Literair gezien vind ik het niet zo'n goed boek, maar het is wel interessant voor wie zich interesseert voor geschiedenis en het Oosten. Niet spannend, wel intrigerend.

    16. Eerder een kroniek dan een roman.Het huis van de moskee kon me veel meer bekoren en was ook beter geschreven.Wel boeiend tijdsbeeld van Perzië rond de eeuwwisseling.

    17. A disappointment, compared with The House. At times entertaining, but many long, utterly boring passages to cope with.

    18. Not his best, or just more of the same, i'm not sure. But i wasn't as drawn into the story as i was with some of his other work. Still worth the read though.

    19. Closely following true events and characters, while using the gifts a great novelist has at his disposition, Kader Abdolah has written with The King a multi-faceted and brilliant piece of literature that shines a fascinating light on the fate of Iran toward the end of the XIX century. It is a lyrical and often moving novel, and it manages (and that is no small feast) to be at the same time as enchanting as the tales that we in the Western world associate with a more or less legendary Middle-East [...]

    20. Che. Noia. Mortale.Il fatto è che questo libro pare scritto da un programma di scrittura automatica nel quale si sia inserito un dizionario (versione tascabile per le scuole elementari), dei fatti nudi e crudi, e poi premuto "invio"; risultato: una pedantissima non-scrittura capace di annichilire ai miei occhi il fascino e l'interesse potenziali di qualsiasi avvenimento, luogo, personaggio narrato. E sì che l'argomento sarebbe stato dei più promettenti: la Persia di fine Ottocento, Scià e Vi [...]

    21. Normaal houd ik helemaal niet van Nederlandse boeken, ze laten me cringen.Maar ik moest voor school 8 Nederlandse boeken lezen en vond dit boek (en Het Gouden Ei van Tim Krabbé) echter wel vermakelijk. Zegt genoeg lijkt me.Ik heb altijd al interesse gehad in andere culturen en dit boek is goed in staat je een beeldvorming te geven over het Perzische rijk. Wat het nog interessanter maakt, is dat het boek zich afspeelt wanneer de industriële revolutie op gang komt. Zo doende zie je een vrij conv [...]

    22. Totally loved the style of writing, and the storyhavent read many history related tales but this one was fascinating and entertaining. It also gives the glimpses of what was happening in the world - british and russians were supporting mutiny in every region to topple the king regime was an interesting period of transition from kingdom to soveign nation

    23. Ofschoon het verhaal over De Koning (sjah van Perzië) op zich wel boeiend is, vind ik de schrijfstijl van Abdolah langzamerhand erg kinderlijk worden. Een boek over de politieke ontwikkelingen in Perzië eind 19e eeuw is in Jip-en-Jannekestijl toch wel heel eenvoudig. Ik heb al betere boeken gelezen van Abdolah.

    24. Het lijkt op een epos uit de Middeleeuwen. Correct historisch onderbouwd verhaal over de invoering van de democratie in Iran.

    25. A work of art, carefully painted word by word, until a portrait of a man and a kingdom emerge, fully realized.

    26. A simply told story of a Persian king, the last before the Parliamentary system was introduced, his insecurities, aspirations, attempts at greatness and the final fall Kept me hooked

    27. Interesting read! I enjoyed learning more about a time and place in history that I have very little familiarity with. Although, I accidentally spoiled myself about half way through when I was trying to figure out if it was historical fiction, alternate history or a fairy tale grounded in historical events. It's historical fiction, even though it reads like a fairy tale. Don't do what I did.

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