Parsnips in Love Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From award-winning Iranian author Porochista Khakpour comes a tender fable about the shapes love takes, a discovery of ineffable beauty, and the desire to make it last.
An ailing farmer in rural Iran unearths an extraordinary find: two parsnips, grown together and looking for all the world like entwined lovers. For now, the sublime treasure is his secret. Wrapping it in a silk handkerchief, he nestles it away in a dresser drawer. Day after day, he gazes at their unmistakable rapture, reminded of the long-gone youthful passions he once shared with his wife. So, too, he mourns the inevitable - the eventual decay of the parsnips in love. When he decides to share his discovery with the world, his life and the lives of those around him connect and change in the most unexpected ways.
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 7 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 31, 2019|
|Publisher||Amazon Original Stories|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #261,686 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#621 in Magical Realism Fiction
#1,420 in Small Town & Rural Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,970 in Literature Anthologies
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But now that it was unearthed, he knew it would eventually decompose and disappear. Nevertheless, he keeps it, in secret, in a drawer in his house. But his wife, and Hamid the farm assistant, knew something strange was happening—the farmer was not himself anymore. Maybe he was depressed.
This is a short, unusual, beautiful love story.
The story is about a farmer and his wife, and how their lives are affected by finding two intertwined parsnips that resemble a loving couple. The farmer's friend convinces him to share pictures of these parsnips with the world, and many people have strong emotional reactions to the pictures. The old farmer is particularly attached to the parsnips, and the story details his obsession with them. While reading, I found myself contemplating what my life will be like when I am the farmer's age and in poor health.
This story kept my interest, and seemed believable; like it could be a true story. By the end, I was left a bit unsatisfied, as I wished there could've been more to the story. With a story so short, it is perhaps not surprising for me to feel like I wanted more; but I have read some short stories that did a great job of wrapping up everything with a solid ending that was very satisfying. This story feels like it could've been another 30 pages, and delivered a bit more closure.
All in all though, a nice short story that doesn't take long to read, or about an hour to listen to in audiobook format.
Beautifully written and the reader will be drawn into the previous days of both the farmer and his wife..And, the thoughts they both have about those days in their memories.
Poignant in that they are both aging and getting older does slow one down. Tenderness and caring, living and loving...so much a part of what they once were.. Really sad to me when the farmer's wife said the parsnip(s) were the only remarkable thing in her life'.
The internet does play quite a role in the story of the Parsnips in Love.
Well done to the author and most highly recommended.
Please note that I borrowed this with my KU subscription.