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Moderate wear. From Booklist Does the pharmaceutically sophisticated lady of the house in which short, dark, ugly Sarveali is factotum really know her quinces? She claims a potion made from quince seeds is a cure-all for ailments physical and metaphysical, and wishing to remedy his unnatural, self-disgusting same-sex urges, her miserable servant clings to the hope that it is. Arranged marriage to his scheming, grasping cousin's daughter has not cured him, for she refuses him while welcoming others behind his back. Furious, the shy little man explodes in drunken violence. He is imprisoned and in jail becomes addicted to opium. Baharloo's engrossing, elegantly told story of a sweetly pathetic, supremely loyal family retainer unfolds in the first person against the backdrop of Iran's history from 1928 to 1981. As the once encompassing power of dynastic families unravels, giving way to the Islamic revolution of 1979, readers view the changes overtaking the household in which barely literate, politic ... Read more

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