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I have to give this book 5 stars because porochista is my hag but it s Porochista is my hag but it s 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 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 respec 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 #desperate desire to assimilate and determination never to return to his family ground the novelSons is a modern bildungsroman albeit one that takes place well into the character s adulthood suggesting that grow An incredibly overlooked novel from 10 years ago that might in the era of Trump find itself coming back into relevance SONS AND OTHER FLAMMABLE OBJECTS centers around the relationshi I had a really hard time getting into this book because of the author s writing style And on top of it I ust didn t really like any of the characters very much 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 characters 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 American 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 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. Compared by Danzy Senna to the young 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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Sons and Other Flammable ObjectsAl 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 yet exposition and thought and history wait we re almost to the point where the Bad Thing gets said and lots bad things will happen as a result "Of This And Let "this and let tell you something about them and that no but really they re opening their mouths the bad thing is coming in ust the Bad Thing is coming in ust a microsecondAnd then a section break and we are in a different city watching someone else do something totally different Which I guess is a tactic for like suspense writers But this is literary fiction and the Bad Thing is like a two minute exchange between a father and a son and it s going to be fifty pages until I find out what was actually said That is so fucking annoying And on some of those mini climaxes she doesn t actually ever detail the Bad Thing or she kind of hints at it but then it s hard for me to even get why the Bad Thing is so bad actually Shit I have to leave More laterOkay But before I continue bashing poor Porochista I have to say another thing that I m surprised to hear myself admit this is the very first literary treatment of September 11th that has not made me enraged Let me see if I can explain why that is First of all it s not screamed about on the back cover nor is it at treated like it s the main focus of the book nor is it lazily inserted as a shorthand for a certain time and place and all the feelings that go along with that nor is it a bid for sympathy or seriousness on the part of an author who deserves neither Instead it is seamlessly and RELEVANTLY woven into the story a story let me say again of a by this point twenty something Iranian born guy living in New York whose life is shitty and uncertain and miserable and who has not spoken to his father who lives
California still in like five or his mother in over a year So this is an important plot device because of course only the most heartless kid would not call his parents to tell them that he s alive on the afternoon of September 11th which of course allows the story to move on from talking and thinking about not talking into thinking about and actually talking again So props for that But all the same meh This is not a terrific book It s too long it s too wordy and despite all the over description I still never really felt like I understood the characters who all did a lot of strange and wrong things that I would not have expected None of them are really very sympathetic or likable Things are not resolved for all that they are exhaustively describedOh and I ust now noticed that the cover endorsement is from Joshua Ferris I should have fucking known. 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. .
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 "though the political tension surrounding racereligion after 911 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 ob of touching on how unlikable real people can be and how that uality has to start somewhere You know what was touching on how unlikable real people can be and how that uality has to start somewhere You know what was 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 exactly what neighborhood Lala and Darius were supposed to be living in and she perfectly captured the ho hum unremarkable uality of it I couldn t get into this book and eventually gave up 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 I 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 oh that was Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students just creepy 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 reallyust 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 sentences She creates a very good sense of place There are only a few characters and they re very developed It s mainly ILLERAMMA Kathalu just a family husband wife kid Iranian refugees in LA Everything that happens has a lot of gravitas all these background and foreground stories where you 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 sentencesust get longer and longer and less and less comprehensible if you re not giving 100% concentration And the dramatic buildup is ust 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 ment. 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. ,