Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey

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Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey

by Alison Wearing

Knopf Canada | March 13, 2001 | Trade Paperback

4.7778 out of 5 rating. 9 Reviews
To go beyond the legacy of revolution, religious fundamentalism and veiled women and find the real people of Iran, a young Canadian dons the cloak of Islam. The result of Alison Wearing''s journey is a warm, funny and shocking collection of riveting portraits and stories about the generous, irrepressible people she met. With a novelist''s love of language and eye for detail, she takes the reader into the homes and hearts of people whose spirit, intelligence and laughter enlighten and impress. Beautifully written, engaging, fascinating at every turn, Honeymoon in Purdah reveals an Iran rarely seen by Westerners and leads this exceptional bestselling young writer across new literary borders.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.12 × 4.33 × 0.79 in

Published: March 13, 2001

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0676973620

ISBN - 13: 9780676973624

Found in: Adventure and Literary Travel

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Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey

Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey

by Alison Wearing

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.12 × 4.33 × 0.79 in

Published: March 13, 2001

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0676973620

ISBN - 13: 9780676973624

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On the main street, tin-box cars race along like go-karts. There are no traffic lights, therefore no pattern of movement, no lulls or rushes, only a steady stream of cars moving as fast as they can without crashing. As a result, there is no opportune time to cross. The only thing to do is swallow hard and make a run for it. And not expect oncoming cars to make allowances. The reason we are so determined to cross is that I see colour, there--No, look: over there, no, there, in the window. Circles of bright orange, canary yellow, two shades of green, lurid pink with black spots. Carrots. Carrots and grapefruits and oranges and watermelons and bananas, all piled up in the window into a fruit mosaic. Behind the counter is a young boy, looks about ten, an orange press, a blender and a juicing machine. I sound out the words from the list on the wall and am so excited by the idea of a fresh juice, I projectile-salivate when I open my mouth to order. " Yek- " Oops, sorry. (Wipe.) " Yek livan ab portegal lotfan. " The boy blinks a hundred times as he is cutting oranges in half. Looks at us from the corner of one eye as he is pressing the fruit into juice, gives an embarrassed smile as he hands me the glass. A smile that grows as I swallow the contents in one long gulp. I order another one each. He looks at us face-on now, even as he is halving fruit with a knife the length of his forearm. He serves up two more pulpy juices and crosses his arms over his chest, proud
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From the Publisher

To go beyond the legacy of revolution, religious fundamentalism and veiled women and find the real people of Iran, a young Canadian dons the cloak of Islam. The result of Alison Wearing''s journey is a warm, funny and shocking collection of riveting portraits and stories about the generous, irrepressible people she met. With a novelist''s love of language and eye for detail, she takes the reader into the homes and hearts of people whose spirit, intelligence and laughter enlighten and impress. Beautifully written, engaging, fascinating at every turn, Honeymoon in Purdah reveals an Iran rarely seen by Westerners and leads this exceptional bestselling young writer across new literary borders.

About the Author

Alison Wearing is the recipient of a National Magazine Award Gold Medal and Western Canada Magazine Award 1st Prize, both for travel writing. She has worked and travelled throughout Europe, the Middle East, China, the former Soviet Union, and the Amazonian regions of Ecuador and Peru. Alison Wearing lives near Peterborough, Ontario.

Editorial Reviews

"As a writer, Wearing is all luscious texture and running narrative-- She is the companion on the bus with the endless supply of traveller''s tales, each one tripping into the next. And like most raconteurs, she has embroidered the fabric of her reportage to ''lend artistry to a scene,'' and to paint portraits that are true in spirit." - The Globe and Mail


"One of the most entertaining and insightful travel diaries since Paul Theroux fell in love with Asian railways--. After reading Honeymoon, you will never think of Iran in the same way again." - The Ottawa Citizen


"Compulsively readable." - The Toronto Star


"Lyrical, insightful, funny and stubbornly independent." - National Post
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