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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have in your library., 29 July 2013
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Beautiful book and colourful pictures.
The book is very pleasant to read. The translation is very well done, makes it easy to read for everyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite, remarkable and timeless book for all generations, 27 May 2013
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A new, modern illustration and translation of the millennia old Iranian epic book, the Shahameh, suitable for all generations, all lovers of stories, dreams, beauty and chaos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 July 2014
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excellent book, very well priced, well-priced and delivered in top condition
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!, 30 Jun 2014
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All I got to say is WOW!

Great work. respect to the author, Ferdowsi would truly be glad to see someone like you has revived his work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Artistic Shahnameh, 30 May 2014
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Where do I start with this... I will start as everyone else has, the art work by Rahmanian is simply stunning but the translation from Farsi to English is a little complicated and in places slightly difficult to read. There doesn't seem to be any glaring omissions of text due to the translation as there are with other publications such as the Penguin Classic but then again I am in no way an expert.

The book is fairly large and well constructed but somewhat heavy with illustrations on every page, the outer case cover is a lovely touch and keeps the book well protected and for this reason i have purchased a few copies to give out as presents.

The book is a more of a keep sake memento and the price reflects that but the translation is not good enough to pick up and read again and again. After the first read this has sat on my book shelf looking fantastic but hasn't been picked up since hence why only four stars.

If you ask if I would recommend this book the answer is YES for the art work alone however I would also have to put a brief comment in as to the complexity of the translation
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the best gift I have every given to friends and family, 4 April 2014
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I have purchased three of this book on three different occasions. one for myself, one for a friend of mine and one for my aunt as a gift for Persian new year, Nowrooz. The art work by Hamid Rahmanian is exceptional and beautiful. Translation work has made the text easy to understand and the quality of printing is terrific.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pictures... not so sure about the translation., 8 Jan 2014
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I agonised as to whether to give this item 5 stars or not, as I absolutely love it. It is a properly beautiful book, which has a material cover and every page is a work of art. You can tell from the end of the book, where the author goes into the details of how each picture has been put together from original artwork from the region, touched up, slightly changed etc how much care has gone into this. And it is totally worth it!

I'm afraid that the translation though just does not quite live up to the artwork. I remember growing up hearing the stories of the shahnameh from my mum in farsi, the excitement, the thrill of it all. I'm afraid that the English translation just doesn't seem to have that same showmanship and pace that the farsi did and all the double meanings are lost once in English. It is still great to reread this all (and as I can't read farsi it is the best I am going to get), but I can't help being slightly disappointed in the translation. Perhaps it was just my sky high expectations after flicking through the book and being delighted by the look of it. Definitely still worth every penny I paid for it though - buy it!
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