[EBOOK READ] (Sons and Other Flammable Objects) Author Porochista Khakpour

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Sons and Other Flammable ObjectsI have never read a book that provided so many characters interior monologues and come away knowing so little about them I am baffled by this book by the disassociation that seems to exist between the author s words and the things they describe much than the purposeful and situational disassociation of the characters from the things they lovedAnd the end AT THE AIRPORT WITH CHARACTER D AND CHARACTER S the airport with character D and character S that was just creepy An incredibly overlooked novel from 10 ears ago that might in the era of Trump Find Itself Coming find itself coming into relevance SONS AND OTHER FLAMMABLE OBJECTS centers around

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relationship between father Darius and a son Xerxes in a Persian American familyKhakpour in the tradition of Zadie Smith gives us a long novel with a simple enough plot the Adams move from Iran to America They all have difficulty adjusting especially the patriarch Darius This breeds a bad home situation and eve I m skimming through the reviews and somehow managed the opposite reactions of most people here Properly loved the writing style didn t find it at all tedious For writing that is so wordy I appreciated that it wasn t overly flowery and to an extent was written as realistically as someone might speak That said I felt this book was at its best in its first half the thoughtful and relatively plotless half It hit a weak spot when the author s bitterness toward money began to show referring to the point at which we meet Suzanne s family The upper class family that has enough money to not appreciate gifts and that tosses around casual racism when no one s around I get the bitterness but it got too obviously personal here and the family was written as an easy stereotype I held my breath while hoping that the story wouldn t end the easy way out with a plane crash and was relieved that it didn t I was also glad that 911 was not a focal point though the political tension surrounding racereligion after 911 was what made the story s conclusion possible So everything here did in fact happen for a reasonAll of the characters in this book were difficult to like but had very realistic elements so I suppose it did a good job of touching on how unlikable real people can be and how that uality has to start somewhere You know what was also refreshing Seeing LA not painted in a glamorous light I partly grew up in the same LA suburb that Porochista Khakpour grew up in I know exact. Compared by Danzy Senna to the oung Philip Roth for her lashing dark humor tinged with deep melancholy Porochista Khakpour is one of her generation's most outrageously gifted new talents  Sons and Other Flammable Objects is at once a comedy and a tragedy a family history and a modern coming of age story with a distinctly timeless resonanceGrowing up Xerxes Adam is painfully aware tha. ,

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Ly what neighborhood Lala and Darius Were Supposed To Be were supposed to be in and she perfectly captured the ho hum unremarkable uality of it I had a hard time caring for any of the characters in this book They were a dysfunctional family but with no redeeming ualities I do not think that "THE DYSFUNCTION WAS FROM BEING IMMIGRANTS I THINK THE "dysfunction was from being immigrants I think the were already dysfunctional I know there was a lot of angst for the son growing up in 2 cultures He felt that he didn t want anything to do with his birth culture or parents he also felt the He felt that he didn t want anything to do with his birth culture or parents he also felt the culture didn t want anything to do with him The real problems throughout were obviously the relationships or lack of them between the triangle of father son mother Second time reading Again I don t uite understand why people haven t read this book it s really fantastic Very carefully written the prose is beautiful and the story rewards multiple reads I m teaching it this semester to students who for the most part don t read for pleasure and many of them have told me how much they ve been enjoying it Sons and Other Flammable Objects revolves around the life of the Adam properly pronounced Odd damn as some of the wittiest writing in the novel explains family The novel focuses with laser like uality on the life of Xerxes Adam the wayward confused bicultural Iranian American son whose obsessions with Barbara Eden mediocrity a desperate desire to assimilate and determination never to return to his family ground the novelSons is a modern day bildungsroman albeit one that takes place well into the character s adulthood suggesting that growing up in our post 911 multicultural American landscape comes later than adolescence or even our mid twenties Khakpour s Xerxes is at times despicable endearingpitifulrage inducingand utterly without tools in a modernized world that reuires a hefty wrench and Phillip s screwdriver Raised in Los Angeles socially isolated and preternaturally aware of the diffe This was a random used bookstore find which can be great or still I mean I hate hate hate the hype machine I hate manufactured buzz I hate the assumption that large print runs large fan base a necessarily superior book But sometimes The books that don t get the buzz and the fame really just aren t as good And this is one of themThe book started out very impressive Porochista s got a lovely way with words with long twisty metaphor heavy sente. T he is different¡ªwith an understanding of his Iranian heritage that vacillates from typical teenage embarrassment to something so tragic it can barely be spoken His father Darius obsesses over his sense of exile and fantasizes about a nonexistent daughter he can relate to better than his living son; Xerxes' mother changes her name and tries to make friends; but neither of them can. ,
Nces She creates a very good sense of place There are only a few characters and they re very developed It s mainly just a family husband wife kid Iranian refugees in LA EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS HAS A LOT that happens has a lot gravitas all these background and foreground stories where ou know she worked really hard to sculpt and craft them so they would be complex and shiny and resonant But um and this is a criticism I would not have expected from myself that shit becomes really tiresome after a couple hundred pages The sentences just get longer and longer and less and less comprehensible if ou re not giving 100% concentration And the dramatic buildup is just way overdone after a while especially because she does this really weird thing where she overexplains and overexpositions all this buildup to a mini climax detailing everyone s mental processes before and during a conversation going on and on about the symbolism and people s histories and what led them to the point where they are sitting in this specific place having this specific conversation where everything is about to go horribly wrong it s coming the horribly wrong thing the conversation is given in snippets interspersed with et exposition and thought and history wait we re almost to is given in snippets interspersed with The Proposal yet exposition and thought and history wait we re almost to point where the Bad Thing gets said and lots bad things will happen as a result of this and let me tellou something about them and that no but really they re opening their mouths the Bad Thing is coming in just like a microsecondAnd then a section break and we are in a different I had a really hard time getting into this book because of the author s writing style And on top of it I just didn t really like any of the characters very much I couldn t get into this book and eventually gave up I have to give this book 5 stars because Porochista is my hag but it s also a really REALLY good book I m really inspired and impressed It took me a while to get into her narrative style but once it clicked it was like Porochista was reading to me making me laugh with her wisecracks hilarious asides and turns of phrase Hers is uite a uniue voice Apart from what Prey you ve probably read in other reviews the thing that touched me most about this book was the way Porochista so sensetively and with great insight portrayed the fragility and complexity of the father son relationship Not an easy thing to do but she hit it absolutely on the nail Nuff respe. Help their son make sense of the terrifying violent last moments in a homeland he barely remembers As he grows into manhood and moves to New York his major goal in life is to completely separate from his parents but when he meets a beautiful half Iranian girl on the roof of his building after New York's own terrifying and violent catastrophe strikes it seems Iran will not let Xerxes go.