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Darius the Great is Not Okay

Adib Khorram

Darius the Great is Not Okay
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ISBN: 9780525552963


Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's a Fractional Persian--half, his mom's side--and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life.

Reviewed on 13th January 2019

I was lent this book by a friend, sold to me on the interesting premise of a young Trekkie who is visiting Iran for the first time. Naturally it is actually vastly more complex and interesting than that.

Darius is a young Iranian-American kid who has never visited his maternal grandparents, but now the time has come as his family are off on a daunting trip to Iran. The story is a great way to share another culture with the reading audience who can go along with Darius as he learns new things and experiences a culture he has only really heard about in the past.

But the book is far deeper than that - the author has managed to pack in so many different life experiences into one relatively short novel that it’s hard to tell if I even noticed all the overlapping layers that are going on in Darius’ life. I really enjoyed reading it and learning, I feel, quite a lot about a number of possible experiences.

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