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Amir Barghi Author Interview

Sarah follows the story of a woman who’s caught in the grip of an abusive man and is changed by the experience. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The story of Sarah is not a new one. It might have happened for thousands of women in history who were persuaded to marry much older men or sold by their family. Most of them succumbed and accepted their fate but Sarah was different. She apparently had everything a young girl wished to have, even a young sexual partner, and her old husband didn’t care. However, it wasn’t the life she wished to have. She wanted her freedom and it was so interesting to me because few people are like her.

Sarah is an intriguing character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Sarah not only has a beautiful face but she also has a beautiful soul. She is not just a sex object. I wanted her lover to see and understood that, too. Sarah betrayed her husband; she broke all societal norms and still wanted to go back. She wanted to make a new family with her lover and live like an ordinary woman but society usually doesn’t forget or forgive such a reckless, bold woman, and either punishes her harshly or simply exiles her. In most stories they don’t have a happy ending. They commit suicide like Anna Karenina or Madam Bovary. I know this is closer to real life, but I don’t like this ending. Therefore, just a revolution could change her doomed destiny and society might ignore her reckless behavior.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I think love and hate are the most important themes for me to explore in most of my stories. I believe a good story must follow just one general theme, not more than one. As one of my professors always told me: ”A story with too many themes just confuses the readers.” I tried to explore the concept of different types of love in my story, because I think the colonel and Sam both loved Sarah in different ways. The colonel loved her as his possession and Sam loved her as a human being.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I have already written 10 books; two were translated and published on Amazon, Sarah and Devil’s Garden. I am actually working on others to translate and publish as well. I think my next book will be the story about a poor girl who manages to rescue a mentally sick prince with music and her magical songs. This time a female character will save the soul of a young man.

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Nightingale has the most beautiful songs among the birds, but never sings in the cage. Sarah, a lonely girl with a lot of expectations, fell into the trap of a man, kept her captive because of her astonishing beauty, but never understood her feeling. First, she tried to adapt to a new life. However, it led her to unwanted change. Finally, she returned to herself when she broke the cage, got free.

SARAH

SARAH by [Amir Barghi]

Sarah: The Eternal Beauty is an erotic crime thriller set in 1974 following a young girl named Sarah who is forced to marry a ruthless older man to save her brother from debt after their father’s death. After Sarah marries the Colonel, her life is one of luxury and excess, but it does not bring her happiness. Though her husband professes to love her, she is nothing more than a possession to him. When she tries to escape the marriage, the Colonel refuses to let her go and uses her son to keep her tied to him. Sarah becomes a different person from the innocent girl she once was. Will she ever be free?

This short story was a quick read that showed the powerlessness that women often face in a male dominated society when the options are limited for those trying to escape a life of poverty. When Sarah was first introduced, I could sympathize with her character being forced to marry a man she didn’t love to save her brother from debt and keep their family home. Although I didn’t like the person she became during the marriage, I liked that the author wrote a happy ending for her, which is unfortunately so often not the case in real life. I felt that the ending of the book was a bit too abrupt, though. I wanted to know what happened to Sarah and her son after the dramatic ending. I would have liked to see who she became once she was finally free from the Colonel.

While I enjoyed the story overall, I felt that there were several areas throughout the book where I would have loved to have more detail so that we can dive deeper into the reasons and motivations behind Sarah’s actions, because at times I felt that her actions were inconsistent.

This intriguing thriller could benefit from some editing so that inconsistencies don’t distract readers from the interesting story. The story tense switched back and forth between past tense and present tense and there were a variety of grammatical errors that hampered the overall flow and understanding of the story. But all of this could be fixed with a good editor.

Sarah: The Eternal Beauty is a thought-provoking melodrama that has all the potential to be a riveting novel. Readers looking for a dramatic portrayal of what women face in abusive relationships will find an fascinating experience in this provocative psychological thriller.

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