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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Honeymoon in Purdah by Alison Wearing. The beautifully written travel memoir of a Western woman's journey in Iran. With a love of travel, Alison Wearing invites us to journey with her to Iran--a country that few Westerners have a chance to see.
Traveling with a male friend, in the guise of a couple on their honeymoon, Wearing set out on her own at every available opportunity. She went looking for what lay beneat The beautifully written travel memoir of a Western woman's journey in Iran. She went looking for what lay beneath the media's representation of Iran and found a country made up of welcoming, curious, warmhearted, ambitious men and women.
With humor and compassion, Wearing gives Iranians the chance to wander beyond headlines and stereotypes, and in doing so, reveals the poetry of their lives--those whose lives extend beyond Western news stories of kidnapping, terrorism, veiled women, and Islamic fundamentalism. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Honeymoon in Purdah , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 14, Petra-X rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviewed , travel-adventure-countries , iran , biography-true-story , reviews.
Yet another book I read that is missing from my shelves. I have the book sitting in front of me. Why wouldn't I have listed it? I wish now I had kept all the. However, since I started to notice books missing in June , I've been keeping all the files. It's really distressing the number of bug affecting the books right now.
GR say they can't trace the b Yet another book I read that is missing from my shelves. GR say they can't trace the bug or they are looking into it or something or other but nothing gets done. These are the problems I have right now: 1. I am 'top reviewer' as I 'reviewed' books last week. I didn't even reshelve that many when I set up a new shelf.
All books I reshelve or reviews I correct are sent to my update feed even though I am scrupulous about not having any boxes checked for this 3. Books and sometimes reviews just disappear. I only find out if something like I read someone's review and I know what book they are talking about because I've read it but it isn't on my shelves any longer. Shelving books and reviewing them are at the heart of my experience on GR but all GR does these days is rush to think up yet more marketing features to place anywhere they can and then have soothing but mostly ineffectual threads on Feedback.
GR has degenerated so much since Amazon bought it out, not just that it has become a selling site where Patrick is intent that authors and their product, especially SPAs as their product costs Amazon nothing, it's all profit for them, will come first and us readers are just fish swimming around in a barrel.
It seems to me that the only bugs that get fixed are ones that might affect this marketing. The others like this distressing losing of books and reviews and too many updates, they don't want to devote any money and time to fixing. Rant over.
For now. View all 15 comments. Jul 30, Dolores rated it really liked it. This is absolutely one of the most unbiased, open-minded "outsider" views on modern-day Iran that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Alison Wearing went into Iran with an open mind and an open heart, and a double dollop of tenacity and courage. She emerges a person who has viewed the country the news media doesn't want us to see.
This is the country of total strangers who invite you to stay and dine at their house; of people who are concerned with whether you find the restrictions of their This is absolutely one of the most unbiased, open-minded "outsider" views on modern-day Iran that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. This is the country of total strangers who invite you to stay and dine at their house; of people who are concerned with whether you find the restrictions of their country pleasant or stifling; and, the story of other ex-patriots who have made their home in this land, and how they view it as outsiders who have become insiders, as much as possible.
There are fascinating stories in this book, including the author's day spent escaping the stifling heat of the city with nomads in the mountains, including a year old girl who is married but unable to consummate the marriage since she hasn't finished puberty. In Shiraz, Wearing meets a British woman who is raising her teenaged daughter with her Iranian husband.
She bemoans her nieces in England who are struggling with teenage pregnancies, while her daughter is getting straight A's and planning for college. Not every story is positive, including the incident on the bus to Syria, which raises Wearing's ire. But, people are people no matter where you go. And, the majority of people she meets are a far cry from what anyone would expect.
I highly recommend this book, and have loaned my copy to several people so far. It tells things I experienced as the wife of an Iranian in that country, but is even more interesting because Alison Wearing is truly viewing this world as an observer. Aug 25, Lily rated it it was ok Shelves: library. This book was recommended to me by someone who shares similar reading tastes as myself - despite that this book was not very good.
I am surprised, on entering this, at the number of positive entries for this book. I did laugh at it being listed with: Travelogs of people who should get their head examined, since this is what I was thinking the entire time I was reading this book. I am not a fan of memoirs or travelogs - especially those that try to dress themselves up as something else, as thi This book was recommended to me by someone who shares similar reading tastes as myself - despite that this book was not very good.
I am not a fan of memoirs or travelogs - especially those that try to dress themselves up as something else, as this one does. The entire things felt very disjointed. The book apparently took place over months however the book is written as though it was days or weeks - leaving out huge gaps of information and detail. The writing did not appeal to me at all.
It was like she thought up a creative and lovely paragraph and dropped it randomly on the page. If she had the power to sustain that type of writing the book may have been more entertaining. It also felt contrived - like she was hunting down this stuff to write about it - putting herself in potentially dangerous situations like going off in a car with perfect strangers and not telling anyone she has even left without a second thought or remorse.
Finally, I thought she was absolutely awful to her traveling companion and very unfair to him even in the writing. I think he version of the story would have been far more interesting since he was the best part of the book. If I had to recommend this book to anyone I would recommend it to someone who liked Three Cups of Tea which I also really disliked, actually more so since they feel very similar to me - while maybe he was not nearly as daft as this author and actually did some good.
Dec 20, Florence rated it really liked it. Apparently in post revolutionary Iran it is possible to rely on the kindness of strangers. Posing as husband and wife on their honeymoon, Alison Wearing and her unrelated male companion explored modern day Iran.
They had only a few words of Farsi and she was weighted down with feminine garments designed to conceal her hair and her body from the male gaze. Ordinary people who they encountered on the street offered food, companionship, and lodging. The travelers were overwhelmed with kindness, int Apparently in post revolutionary Iran it is possible to rely on the kindness of strangers.
The travelers were overwhelmed with kindness, interspersed with a couple of fearful moments. Lesson learned: never take a photo of a funeral procession comprised of wild-eyed religious mourners. But anyone with a smidgeon of cultural sensitivity would never do that.
I was prepared to dislike these travelers but in the end I admired their gritty sense of adventure. Jun 23, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. Knowing very little essential about Iranian culture prior to this travel account, for me this was a compelling and informative read.
I love that Wearing spends most of her writing painting pictures of the lives of those she encountered rather than blathering on about herself. My chief objection to 'The Songlines' is that I never get past the first chapter of what I've been told is a very good read, because Chatwin won't just shut up already about the exact make of his pen, and how his leather-bo Knowing very little essential about Iranian culture prior to this travel account, for me this was a compelling and informative read.
My chief objection to 'The Songlines' is that I never get past the first chapter of what I've been told is a very good read, because Chatwin won't just shut up already about the exact make of his pen, and how his leather-bound journal is just-so, and how he manfully strides his way through the tough, forbidding land of Australia because he is such an amazing guy - blech.
Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey
A vivid sketch of a lively, wonderfully hospitable, but utterly lost society under the heel of religious tyranny. She is, in fact, not married to her traveling companion, a gay male writer identified only as Ian. So, with a gaudy wedding ring on her finger, a good buddy whom she grows to detest at her side, and a stifling black polyester Islamic hejab covering her from head to toe, the author endures interminable bus rides, bureaucratic imbroglios, grim hotels, and restaurants where cockroaches clean the plates. But she also finds she has only to struggle with her Farsi phrase book, express frustration with her hands, or glance at a distant landmark for English-speaking Iranians to hop out of the dusty shadows, almost desperate to provide her with food, shelter, conversation, and transportation to faraway shrines. Giving only passing attention to the shrines and tourist sites, the author whines incessantly about how stifling, awkward, and physically demeaning her hejab is—as her personal discomfort becomes she hopes a metaphor for the physical, mental, and cultural torments Iranian women continue to endure. This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr.
HONEYMOON IN PURDAH
September 1, by leavesandpages. This edition: Vintage Canada, ISBN: In , a decade and a half after the revolution which resulted in the deposition of the Shah and the establishment of the Islamist fundamentalist government led by Ayatollah Khomeini, a young Canadian woman and her male partner entered Iran on tourist visas.
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