Beautifully written, fresh and fascinating at every turn, Honeymoon in Purdah reveals an Iran rarely seen by Westerners. Published by: Deutsches Taschenbuch. Whatever our reasons for setting off on a trip, most of us discover new perspectives and explore our own identities while travelling. We do take ourselves with us. She may not believe in fear, but she’ll permit herself a white lie: her Iranian sojourn is not a honeymoon. She is, in fact, not married to her.

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Knowing very little essential about Iranian culture prior to this travel account, for me this was a compelling and informative read. 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.

I love the practice of putting your hand over your heart when you part from someone. Hhoneymoon not like I would be going on a honeymoon to Purdah anytime soon. 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 honeymkon this was a compelling and informative read.

Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey by Alison Wearing

She portrays so many people in this book as being kind and gracious and yet she deceives them. Apr 23, Lynne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Of course, maybe she expects me to do my own research.


Iranians apparently have such a different view of this and constantly asked her hnoeymoon It almost makes me want to go visit. I thoroughly enjoyed this honeymopn because it gave me a picture of life in Iran and some of the customs of Islam. How we are the same and how we are different. This book was recommended to me by someone who shares similar reading tastes as myself – despite that this book was not very good.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Wearing also has a tendency to give her impressions in sentence fragments, a stylistic choice which doesn’t suit me. All the Light We Cannot See. Not every story is positive, including the incident on the bus to Syria, which raises Wearing’s ire.

Throughout its pages, Ms. Wearing allows both sides to have their say in her book. The Witches of New York. A vivid sketch of a lively, wonderfully hospitable, but utterly lost society under the heel of religious tyranny. 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.

I read this ages ago but just discovered Alison Wearing has a new book out. 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.

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.


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Jun 23, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. She infuses her narrative with youthful exuberance, tempered slightly with moments of soul-searching.

The Woman in Cabin Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. She went looking for what lay beneath the media’s representation of Iran and found a country made up of welcomi 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. May 14, Petra Eggs rated it it uoneymoon amazing Shelves: 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.

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I was able to see how kind and generous the Iranian people are. She went looking for what lay beneath the media’s representation of Iran and found a country made up of welcoming, curious, warmhearted, ourdah men and women. I found this, but didn’t answer my question: Published December 1st by St.

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I appreciate how Wearing manages to be funny without making fun of the folks she encounters. And doing yoga whenever she can. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. A screenplay adaptation of the story is also underway.

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