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Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite
Over the Rainbow by Mohsen Sharifi is inspirational against all the odds that conflict showers on ordinary people. When Saddam Hussein’s chemical warfare against the civilian masses within his own country decimates the population, leaving many traumatized and burned folk in its wake, Hiwa philosophically determines he will survive and succeed, if only to help others overcome the brutal ravages of war.
Hiwa, a little boy caught up in the cruelties and terror of conflict in his homeland Iran, is an example of the power of a positive attitude. For one so young, he empowers others to persevere regardless of their situation. His determination strengthens his own resolve to be worthy of retaining life itself; though many had perished he had survived. He wants to make a difference. He does not know how he will accomplish this feat; he just knows he will find a way. When Dr. Ladan Kamali enters his life, he senses a kindred spirit. He feels safe in her presence. This relationship proves to be a catalyst into a world of his imagination and dreams: a world over the rainbow.
A compelling read. We need more people in the world such as Hiwa, who despite enormous odds against them, overcome and become the strength for those less fortunate weakened and traumatized by war. The deep meanings of the philosophical aspects of the book tended to elude me, although I feel I did grasp some understanding of Mohsen's intense desire for what is needed to bring about change for the betterment of mankind. Over the Rainbow is very meaningful. Worth the read.