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THE BLUE MOSAIC VASE

 Author:
Christie Shary


Christie writes from first-hand knowledge of the culture of Iran and it shows. This is a story of love and betrayal, of grinding poverty and thwarted success and of triumph over adversity. The book is well written and engaging. The characters are fascinating and illuminating. If the reader has any interest at all about life in the Muslim world, this book will provide a very interesting perspective.

L. Collins, Author

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The Blue Mosaic Vase is a cultural page-turner, filled with sensory and poetic descriptions of Iran and its heritage in the early 20th century. The well-developed and sympathetic characters drive the plot, which is rich with emotion, romance and suspense. An excellent read.

~ Julie Christiansen Dull, Author & Professional Water Colorist

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The author captures Mohammand’s journey through life in old Persia vividly and brings out the characters, good and bad, so they seem real. A very good book. I recommend it.

~Harvey Mendez, Author

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading “The Blue Mosaic Vase” and was apparently having such a good time doing it that my mother-in-law strongly hinted that I should leave the book with her. The author tells about the lives of women in Persia through the experiences of a male protagonist. Using the blue vase as a metaphor of how each woman valued and treated him was effective and touching. It was obvious that this book was well-researched and well written. The spirit and worlds of the different social classes came through very clearly. Of course, I did leave the book behind-this one to share!

~Marga Donahoo, from the Netherlands

Poor Mohammand. What a miserable life and existence he has, until the reader asks himself, ‘what else can happen to this person?’ This is an interesting story about life in Iran, of the protagonists’ many loves and how he finally achieves happiness. The descriptions and richness of the Middle Eastern culture is appealing and interesting.

~L.D. Lambert

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Shary spins a tale of lyrical exposition about a young man named Mohammad as he matures in Iran. The author’s perfect prose captures both the brutality and the extraordinary adventure. For all its early-century cruelty and unfairness, “The Blue Mosaic Vase” suggests in stubbornly unvarnished prose, descriptions of the squalor of life among the poor in turn-of-the-century Tehran. Mohammad displays the patience and dignity that come from trying your hardest and his success is well earned as he challenges the authoritarian voice of his culture. “The Blue Mosaic Vase” is as heartfelt and poignant ‘coming of age’ story as they come and a splendid contribution to the literature of the period. Mohammad is committed to progress and the reader will find him both inspirational and empathetic. Shary writes quietly, almost tenderly, about faith and the common people of early Iran. The author has a gift for making the characters highly accessible. She brings Mohammad through the crises with the same tenderness that makes all her books such a pleasure to read.

~Dr. Roger Coleman, Author

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Blue Vase, and was apparently having such a good time doing it that my mother-in-law strongly hinted that I should leave the book with her. Christie Shary tells about the lives of women in Persia through the experiences of a male protagonist. Using the blue vase as a metaphor for how each woman valued and treated him was effective and touching. It was obvious that this was well researched as well as well written. The spirit and worlds of the different social classes came through very clearly. Of course, I did leave the book behind - this is one to share!

~Marga Donahoo

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Shary spins a tale of lyrical exposition about one young man, Mohammad, as he matures in Iran. The author's perfect prose captures both the brutality and the extraordinary adventure. For all its early century cruelty and unfairness, The Blue Mosaic Vase suggests in stubbornly unvarnished prose, that Mohammad will find the strength to persevere despite the implacable descriptions of the squalor of life among the poor in early Tehran. Mohammad displays the patience and dignity that comes from trying your hardest and his success is well earned. He challenges the authoritarian voice of the culture. The Blue Mosaic Vase is as heartfelt and poignant a coming-of-age as they come and a splendid contribution to the literature of the period. Mohammad is committed to progress and the reader will find him both inspirational and empathetic. Shary writes quietly, almost tenderly, about faith and the ordinary people of early Iran. The author has a gift for making the characters highly accessible. She brings Mohammed through the crises with the same tenderness that makes all her books such a pleasure to read.

~Roger D. Coleman, Ph.D/Writer

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Shary's book gives 'coming of age' a all new, deeper meaning. Reading the pages of this story is almost as walking that same grounds, living the same experiences, surviving the same dangers as our protagonist. Great read!

~M.G. Swan

 

 
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