Honeymoon in Purdah

Honeymoon in Purdah

An Iranian Journey

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The beautifully written travel memoir of a Western woman's journey in Iran

In the tradition of Nothing to Declare , Honeymoon in Purdah is a book of sketches gathered over the course of one woman's journey in Iran. Through her, we meet the ordinary and extraordinary people of Iran--men and women whose lives extend beyond Western news stories of of kidnappings, terrorism, and Islamic fundamentalism. Peppered with accounts of Iran's Islamic Revolution and political analyses of the country, Honeymoon in Purdah is a departure from our conventional perception of Iran. Alison Wearing give Iranians the chance to wander beyond headlines and stereotypes and in so doing, reveals the poetry of their lives.
Publisher: New York : Picador USA, 2000.
Edition: 1st Picador USA ed.
ISBN: 9780312261818
Branch Call Number: 955.05 We
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jan 15, 2016

I overlooked this book many times, thinking it was of no interest. I was led back to it after reading Wearing's other excellent offering "Confession of a Fairy's Daughter". She is a Canadian writer, and a wanderer, leading to this interesting investment of her time and energy.

She spends many months in Iran, posing as half of a pair of newlyweds with her gay roommate. Really, she does. It is an unbelievable adventure, which left me with a greater understanding of the atmosphere and citizenry of Iran. And amazement that she bore the feminine burden of dressing in the Muslim country.

Anyone with an interest in the culture, history, politics and/or religions of Iran should give this a go.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 06, 2014

As the author and her roommate Ian--posing as her husband--begin their Iranian odyssey in Tehran, they are welcomed into the home of an Iranian couple they were put in touch with by a friend of a friend. This openness and hospitality is routinely extended to them as they wind their way down to the Persian Gulf and back to Tehran. Wearing has a special knack for being accepted into hearts and homes of the local people (frequently against Ian's wishes), resulting in some amazing experiences. Her reluctance to finally shed the hijab she has worn throughout the trip (despite the blistering heat), attests to how strongly she has connected with this culture.

Sep 02, 2013

Lovely book. I heard her speak years ago and she is interesting and interested in the world around her. A real traveler, not a tourist, as you find out reading this book. It shows us that people are people everywhere and it doesn't do to demonize a whole country, no matter what its leaders do. I've been recommending this to people for years. Didn't know it was still available at the OPL. Good for you!

Feb 04, 2010

Endearing, compelling...a fabulous read. It made me laugh and cry...tears of joy!


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