Review: The Drum Tower – Farnoosh Moshiri

drum towerI have to say this book surprised me quite pleasantly! It was one I bought in IBW in June, it was one I bought purely on instinct after reading the back and it is one of those books that makes me very happy I went by my gut as it’s not something I would have probably found otherwise. I’ve been mulling over how to put this review in to words because this book was one of those I’m finding hard to do that for.

The prose in this book is just beautiful. For me, it was very similar to Khaled Hosseini’s work, it was rich, vibrant, lyrical and was just a delight to read. It’s both realism and not, there is heavy influence of Iranian folklore, mythology and fairy tales which I really appreciated.

The Drum Tower follows the story of Talkhoon, a young girl growing up in pre-revolution Iran. She suffers from mental health issues and I have to just commend Moshiri for how well, and beautifully, she dealt with that. Her family lock her away because of these issues, and in her reclusive cell, she carefully takes in, learns and practices the lessons of life. She protests in her own way, wears men’s clothes and falls into deliberate silence to deal with her situation.

My issues, and why this was only a 3* read for me, are that there were multiple different strands of the story and for me they just didn’t connect very well. While it was beautifully written, I put it down for two days and didn’t have any urge to pick it up in that time. There was just something that didn’t immerse me fully and, for that, I can’t give it more than 3. I’d recommend people pick it up and give it a go because the prose is beautiful, just the story as a whole didn’t click with me. I’ll definitely be looking for more by her because her writing has definitely piqued my interest!

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