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A Pomegranate and the Maiden ➹ [Reading] ➻ A Pomegranate and the Maiden By Tamara Agha-Jaffar ➮ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk A plucked narcissus opens a chasm to the underworld and sets into motion the timeless story of a daughter’s search for independence a father’s feeble plans to control his house and his wife and a A plucked and the Kindle Ø narcissus opens a chasm to the underworld and sets into motion the timeless story of a daughter’s search for independence a father’s feeble plans to control his house and his wife and a mother’s search for revenge A Pomegranate and the Maiden explores the harrowing tale of Demeter and Persephone by giving new voice A Pomegranate Kindle - to the myth’s gallery of memorable characters as each recounts the strange and shocking events surrounding a daughter’s kidnapping and her mother’s unforgettable scheme for justice.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 194 pages
  • A Pomegranate and the Maiden
  • Tamara Agha-Jaffar
  • English
  • 21 August 2016

6 thoughts on “A Pomegranate and the Maiden

  1. Barbara (The Bibliophage) Barbara (The Bibliophage) says:

    25 stars Originally published hereTamara Agha Jaffar just released the audiobook version of her first novel A Pomegranate and the Maiden The story draws directly from Greek mythology particularly the story of Demeter and PersephoneYoung Kore is the daughter of the Goddess Demeter and Zeus King of the Olympian Gods She’s a typical girl interested in spending time outdoors with her besties than meeting boys But Hades God of The Underworld spies her and falls madly in love He asks Zeus for her hand and without consulting Demeter or Kore a deal is struck and lives forever changedKore becomes Persephone and as Hades’ bride ueen of the Underworld Despite her initial reluctance she makes the best of a bad situation Demeter is another story She rails against both gods and humans in her anger at the marriage A spurned mother is truly a woman to be reckoned withNarrative voices and story arcsMy biggest objection is the author’s use of shifting first person narratives For me it doesn’t enhance the story I’d prefer to spend significant time with three or four characters rather than get rotating snippets from eleven Yes eleven None of the characters are done any justice by the head snapping short chaptered switches from one to another Edit January 2019 My original impression was that all 20 characters had a narrative voice in this book However the author just reached out to correct me There are only eleven narrative voices which for me is still too many I believe it’s a function of listening to an audiobook instead of reading the print My apologies for the mistakeFor example Persephone is the heart of the story and yet Agha Jaffar doesn’t delve into her experience in Hades’ Underworld I wanted to know so much about how they negotiated their relationship given that Hades basically kidnapped her Also how does a sunny tree hugging nature lover manage in the soul crushing darkness of the Underworld?Another story arc I wanted of was the relationship between Demeter and Persephone It’s classic mother daughter conflict amped up with Goddess level crankiness Demeter thinks she’s doing the best for her daughter while Persephone and her younger incarnation Kore chafes under the yoke of a controlling mother Given the chance to escape Kore uickly understands what the upgrade to Persephone buys her in terms of independenceMy conclusionsAgha Jaffar has previously published a few nonfiction works and that explains her approach to fiction She’s a PhD in English Literature and spent 26 years in academia Clearly she’s devoted plenty of time to young people Yet her writing voice seems most comfortable in the older female characters such as Demeter and Iambe who is a creatively ribald crone characterI found the book’s dialogue bordering on stilted though Demeter says of Kore “She’s always running around I never know where she is or what she’s up to ” This is definitely how a strong mother character feels but the language is pedantic in its executionAgha Jaffar skillfully introduces a feminist perspective into the mythology Reading her bio I found that she’s passionate about women’s studies in addition to mythology In Pomegranate she effectively melds the twoHer male characters are blatantly misogynistic which is certainly accurate to the time of mythology’s invention This perspective bolsters the feminist concepts since Zeus and Hades are so obviously foils to Demeter and PersephoneI much prefer the cover of earlier editions which is why I’ve included it above Given this female focused story I’d rather see Persephone as the main cover subject Also the audiobook cover is muddy than dramaticAudiobook narrationI’m not generally a fan of author read audiobooks A professional voice actor or narrator adds depth and nuance But I listened to Agha Jaffar’s sample and thought her voice was pleasant enough I’m certainly glad to have her correct pronunciation of the Greek names Unfortunately on the full listen I’d say she had too much lecture in her tone and not enough drama Still it’s a good effort and not unpleasantOn the whole I found A Pomegranate and the Maiden to be agreeable but not stellar I hope the author will keep exploring her interest in writing fiction and talking about women’s issuesAcknowledgementsMany thanks to Tamara Agha Jaffar for providing me with a copy of the audiobook so I could review her book As always my opinions are honest and entirely my own

  2. Jalilah Jalilah says:

    A Pomegranate and the Maiden is an interesting retelling of the Demeter and Persephone Myth as told in Homer’s Hymn to Demeter It is told from multiple points of view; Demeter PersephoneHecateZeus Hades and and from a feminist perspectiveI uite enjoyed it and would recommend it anyone who loves Greek Mythology

  3. Lau Maia Lau Maia says:

    I really enjoyed reading this I love mythology and the Gods and perceiving this myth through their eyes seemed on point I could really picture each and everyone of them saying those things and acting those plots I really believe Tamara really capture their personalities

  4. Space Case ✨ Space Case ✨ says:

    25This book was received from the author for review All opinions are my ownI love mythology as much as the next history buff unless you're a history buff that's not into mythology so I went into this hoping to get another perspective on the story of Persephone than the ones I was used to reading back when I was in college and studying the subject Did I get that?I didThis did offer a fairly good new view for me to the story I was pretty used to reading at this point However I found that the fact the author went with first person POV ended up scrambling me while listening to the story than it did getting me engaged While I think it might allow others to connect better with the character by giving the feeling of the character talking to them it just made me feel like I was being whined to as the story went along I cared less and less about what the feelings of the character were the longer I listened to them while also being interested in the characters talking to the POV character Due to the large cast of characters given I think I would have liked it better myself if it were in third person any of themThat aside it was cool to go into the story where the focus was really on Dementer You could very easily see all the places where like the blurb states the character's gender was a large point in how they were treated and expected to act and I'd say that particular point along with the character's psychology are really what drove the story as a wholeI wouldn't recommend this to anyone not super interested in Greek mythology as a whole due to the very confusing change with the first person perspectives but if you're into it and are familiar with the story of Persephone or Homer then I think you might enjoy seeing the way Agha Jaffar takes the story on

  5. Kelly V Kelly V says:

    This was a very uniue retelling of the myth of Hades and Persephone I loved how the writer created a CAST LIST of all the characters in the story and which character was speaking in bold letters in all the chapters I enjoyed this book

  6. Susan Walker Susan Walker says:

    I enjoyed this book about the same event tha'ts written from many view points It was well written and holds the readers attention

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6 thoughts on “A Pomegranate and the Maiden

  1. Barbara (The Bibliophage) Barbara (The Bibliophage) says:

    25 stars Originally published hereTamara Agha Jaffar just released the audiobook version of her first novel A Pomegranate and the Maiden The story draws directly from Greek mythology particularly the story of Demeter and PersephoneYoung Kore is the daughter of the Goddess Demeter and Zeus King of the Olympian Gods She’s a typical girl interested in spending time outdoors with her besties than meeting boys But Hades God of The Underworld spies her and falls madly in love He asks Zeus for her hand and without consulting Demeter or Kore a deal is struck and lives forever changedKore becomes Persephone and as Hades’ bride ueen of the Underworld Despite her initial reluctance she makes the best of a bad situation Demeter is another story She rails against both gods and humans in her anger at the marriage A spurned mother is truly a woman to be reckoned withNarrative voices and story arcsMy biggest objection is the author’s use of shifting first person narratives For me it doesn’t enhance the story I’d prefer to spend significant time with three or four characters rather than get rotating snippets from eleven Yes eleven None of the characters are done any justice by the head snapping short chaptered switches from one to another Edit January 2019 My original impression was that all 20 characters had a narrative voice in this book However the author just reached out to correct me There are only eleven narrative voices which for me is still too many I believe it’s a function of listening to an audiobook instead of reading the print My apologies for the mistakeFor example Persephone is the heart of the story and yet Agha Jaffar doesn’t delve into her experience in Hades’ Underworld I wanted to know so much about how they negotiated their relationship given that Hades basically kidnapped her Also how does a sunny tree hugging nature lover manage in the soul crushing darkness of the Underworld?Another story arc I wanted of was the relationship between Demeter and Persephone It’s classic mother daughter conflict amped up with Goddess level crankiness Demeter thinks she’s doing the best for her daughter while Persephone and her younger incarnation Kore chafes under the yoke of a controlling mother Given the chance to escape Kore uickly understands what the upgrade to Persephone buys her in terms of independenceMy conclusionsAgha Jaffar has previously published a few nonfiction works and that explains her approach to fiction She’s a PhD in English Literature and spent 26 years in academia Clearly she’s devoted plenty of time to young people Yet her writing voice seems most comfortable in the older female characters such as Demeter and Iambe who is a creatively ribald crone characterI found the book’s dialogue bordering on stilted though Demeter says of Kore “She’s always running around I never know where she is or what she’s up to ” This is definitely how a strong mother character feels but the language is pedantic in its executionAgha Jaffar skillfully introduces a feminist perspective into the mythology Reading her bio I found that she’s passionate about women’s studies in addition to mythology In Pomegranate she effectively melds the twoHer male characters are blatantly misogynistic which is certainly accurate to the time of mythology’s invention This perspective bolsters the feminist concepts since Zeus and Hades are so obviously foils to Demeter and PersephoneI much prefer the cover of earlier editions which is why I’ve included it above Given this female focused story I’d rather see Persephone as the main cover subject Also the audiobook cover is muddy than dramaticAudiobook narrationI’m not generally a fan of author read audiobooks A professional voice actor or narrator adds depth and nuance But I listened to Agha Jaffar’s sample and thought her voice was pleasant enough I’m certainly glad to have her correct pronunciation of the Greek names Unfortunately on the full listen I’d say she had too much lecture in her tone and not enough drama Still it’s a good effort and not unpleasantOn the whole I found A Pomegranate and the Maiden to be agreeable but not stellar I hope the author will keep exploring her interest in writing fiction and talking about women’s issuesAcknowledgementsMany thanks to Tamara Agha Jaffar for providing me with a copy of the audiobook so I could review her book As always my opinions are honest and entirely my own

  2. Jalilah Jalilah says:

    A Pomegranate and the Maiden is an interesting retelling of the Demeter and Persephone Myth as told in Homer’s Hymn to Demeter It is told from multiple points of view; Demeter PersephoneHecateZeus Hades and and from a feminist perspectiveI uite enjoyed it and would recommend it anyone who loves Greek Mythology

  3. Lau Maia Lau Maia says:

    I really enjoyed reading this I love mythology and the Gods and perceiving this myth through their eyes seemed on point I could really picture each and everyone of them saying those things and acting those plots I really believe Tamara really capture their personalities

  4. Space Case ✨ Space Case ✨ says:

    25This book was received from the author for review All opinions are my ownI love mythology as much as the next history buff unless you're a history buff that's not into mythology so I went into this hoping to get another perspective on the story of Persephone than the ones I was used to reading back when I was in college and studying the subject Did I get that?I didThis did offer a fairly good new view for me to the story I was pretty used to reading at this point However I found that the fact the author went with first person POV ended up scrambling me while listening to the story than it did getting me engaged While I think it might allow others to connect better with the character by giving the feeling of the character talking to them it just made me feel like I was being whined to as the story went along I cared less and less about what the feelings of the character were the longer I listened to them while also being interested in the characters talking to the POV character Due to the large cast of characters given I think I would have liked it better myself if it were in third person any of themThat aside it was cool to go into the story where the focus was really on Dementer You could very easily see all the places where like the blurb states the character's gender was a large point in how they were treated and expected to act and I'd say that particular point along with the character's psychology are really what drove the story as a wholeI wouldn't recommend this to anyone not super interested in Greek mythology as a whole due to the very confusing change with the first person perspectives but if you're into it and are familiar with the story of Persephone or Homer then I think you might enjoy seeing the way Agha Jaffar takes the story on

  5. Kelly V Kelly V says:

    This was a very uniue retelling of the myth of Hades and Persephone I loved how the writer created a CAST LIST of all the characters in the story and which character was speaking in bold letters in all the chapters I enjoyed this book

  6. Susan Walker Susan Walker says:

    I enjoyed this book about the same event tha'ts written from many view points It was well written and holds the readers attention

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