Honeymoon In Purdah: An Iranian Journey by Alison WearingHoneymoon In Purdah: An Iranian Journey by Alison Wearing

Honeymoon In Purdah: An Iranian Journey

byAlison Wearing

Paperback | December 1, 2001

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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 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.

Alison Wearing is a journalist and travel writer. She lives in Canada, where she has received the National Magazine Award and the Western Canada Magazine Award. Honeymoon in Purdah is her first book.
Title:Honeymoon In Purdah: An Iranian JourneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.26 × 5.46 × 0.91 inPublished:December 1, 2001Publisher:Picador USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312263449

ISBN - 13:9780312263447

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from dull writing Gave it my bets shot but couldn't get past the dull writing style and so many uninteresting people. It's a hard job to make Persia that dull but somehow Alison Wearing did that.
Date published: 2017-01-10
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

Editorial Reviews

"Wise, compassionate, amused, and amusing, Alison Wearing is the ideal traveling companion." -Paul William Roberts, author of The Demonic Comedy: Some Detours in the Baghdad of Saddam Hussein"Written with great humor, candor, and tenderness, Honeymoon in Purdah transformed Iran from a country I formerly associated with fear and black cloth and oppression to a place of a thousand colors and tastes and kindnesses." -Jamie Zeppa, author of Beyond the Sky and Earth: A Journey Into Bhutan"A vivid and endearing picture of Iran's people." -Independent on Sunday"With this engrossing account, Wearing casts a sympathetic eye on the real people of Iran, so often invisible to the West." -Publishers Weekly"A vivid sketch of a lively, wonderfully hospitable, but utterly lost society under the hell of religious tyranny." -Kirkus Reviews