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Subject: Honeymoon in Purdah by Alison Wearing
Date Posted: 4/26/2009 5:21 PM ET
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I just finished this travel memoir and thought it was wonderful.  The author goes with a male friend to Iran disguised as husband and wife.  Though they experienced some difficulties culturally, the author brings such humor to the story, that's it's really enjoyable.  They met alot of interesting people along the way.

Very enlightening about Iranian life, yet with a touch of humor.

Anyone else read it?

Date Posted: 4/27/2009 9:47 PM ET
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I haven't read it, but I'm adding it to my wishlist.

Date Posted: 4/27/2009 10:15 PM ET
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Yes, I just read it a couple weeks ago and am sending it out tomorrow to the next person in the WL ine.

I enjoyed it so much! The author had such a way of showing you the real people of Iran, and their graciousness and generosity--not a point of view we in America get to see very often. Really wonderful.

Date Posted: 4/28/2009 7:33 AM ET
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I read it last year and also really enjoyed it! It is a great way to show that people are just people regardless of where they come from.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 9:21 PM ET
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Cheryl, I liked how she presented the Iranians she met but she left judgment up to the reader. 

Date Posted: 5/7/2009 6:31 AM ET
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Sounded intriguing enough that I just reserved at our local library----I reserve my credits for books the library doesn't have.  I was surprised to see it was published in 2000.  Listed right under it was a book titled Honeymoon in Tehran----which is written by an Iranian-American woman and journalist who ended up falling in love andmarrying an Iranian man and living in Tehran.  I reserved that too---I thought it would be interesting to read two similar yet disimilar books one after anohter.  The tehran book was published this year---what difference will nine years make?

Date Posted: 5/9/2009 1:53 AM ET
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I only heard of this one a week or so before receiving it.  I will look up the one you mentioned.  It's always nice to get different perspectives.

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 10:58 AM ET
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I acutally just posted about it in another thread, then saw this one:

"I just finished Honeymoon in Purdah by Alison Wearing and I could not put it down.  Literally.  Offended my hubby, woke up at 5:00am this morning restless to read more, carried it around and made myself breakfast with one hand.  I'm not sure I can bring myself to post it."

Here's an interesting thought: reread (or read the first time, it's great!)  Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, and compare the scenes of the tourists asking about the strange dress of the local women.

 

Date Posted: 7/24/2009 9:36 PM ET
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Thanks to this thread, I ordered the book and just finished reading it. I loved the desciptions of the Iranians, but other aspects not so much, as I wrote in my review.  If anyone is looking for another perspective on Iran, another book I read recently was The Ayotollah Begs to Differ, which I thought was much better -- although from the perspective of a male Iranian-American journalist with ties to the elite.  

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 5:10 PM ET
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Haven't read this, but it sounds a little like "The Bookseller of Kabul" which written by a journalist who lived with an Afghan family - I thought it was very good.