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

Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey is rated 4.7778 out of 5 by 9.
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, 4.4 × 5.25 × 0.9 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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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming, unsettling, amusing, intriguing ... fantastic! Through her anecdotal, sometimes poetic style of writing, Alison Wearing brings the humanity of the Iranian people to life. The recounting of her adventures during a 5-month stay in Iran leaves us feeling fortunate to have shared in her many wondrous encounters and experiences! She expertly weaves the details of Iran's recent revolutionary history with the stories, impressions and opinions related to her by the country's people, reminding us that freedom and happiness are often simply matters of perspective, and that humans of all cultures and religions alike seek to enjoy the peace of life's simple pleasures. Readers with an open mind will enjoy putting the shoe on the other foot and reflecting on what life in any society can mean for those living it, how different and yet similar we all are... She takes us on a journey through a sometimes scary, usually warm, surprisingly hospitable, always fascinating land, and we emerge from the pages of this jewel of a book delighted, reflective and refreshed! I will re-read this book for years to come!
Date published: 2009-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A journey into one's self Alison Wearing took me on an unforgettable journey where I learned not just about Iran, Islam, and an entirely different culture, but about what it means to be a woman. A fantastic read!
Date published: 2007-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! What an amazing visit to Iran I had reading this book. It seemed to take me there! The people sound so wonderful. I wish everyone would read this book to get to know the people of Iran and not just make a judgement by reading newspapers. Thank you Alison for your insight, humour and bravery in some cases.
Date published: 2006-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This book opened my eyes and my mind to a culture and way of being that is so different from what I am used to. Really got me thinking, which to me is the mark of a great book. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Date published: 2005-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Pleasure to Read Wearing is a truly gifted writer. She brings her experience in Iran to the reader with warmth and humour. She definitely lifts the curtain (the Iran we think we know)and reveals an Iran that is beautiful at so many different levels. This is a book I will treasure!
Date published: 2003-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Every Penny I was pleasantly surprised to pick up this book and embark on an amazing adventure. Alison Wearing transported me to a place that I'd never imagined visiting, and completely changed my view of the people of Iran. I was sad to reach the end and finish this incredible journey.
Date published: 2001-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written Suberbly written tale of travels in Iran. The writer knew little of what to expect but found the most welcoming, friendly, warm, and genuine people. Not an easy trip for a single woman posing as married to her fiance turned-boyfriend-friend-travel companion.
Date published: 2001-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Brilliant The book takes you on a strange journey with warm and humorous people. The author describes the situations so well that it makes you feel your there when it's happening! I recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2001-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honeymoon in Purdah A Canadian's view of Iran in journal form. I enjoyed this book very much. It made me realize that it was indeed time to update my views on Iran formed by "Not without My Daughter". The author takes you on a trip without leaving home and she is very good at it. A great read for those of you who enjoy tavel adventure.
Date published: 2001-03-31

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Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey

by Alison Wearing

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 4.4 × 5.25 × 0.9 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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