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March Books 6) Pomegranate Soup, by Marsha Mehran

I really wanted to love this novel about three Iranian sisters setting up a Persian cafe in a town in County Mayo in 1986, but I couldn't quite bring myself to. The bits about Iran during the revolution, and indeed about cookery, are heartfelt and well-written; the Irish scene-setting, which makes up the bulk of the book, is much less convincing (a town whose high street is called "Main Mall"???) and descends into Oirishry at various points. Ireland in 1986 was about to enter a truly convulsive period of its history, but there is almost no trace of that here. The unsubtle characterisation is another problem - we know that the pub owner is a bully, because he is described with that word at almost every appearance. Half a dozen recipes are provided, but all in American measurements and nomenclature ("eggplants", "ground lamb") despite this being the British / European edition. Sorry to be grumpy but I was rather disappointed with this book.
Tags: bookblog 2010, cooking, world: iran, world: ireland
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