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Iranian Rappers and Persian Porn: A Hitchhiker's Adventures in the New Iranby Jamie Maslin
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Iran looms large in the psyche of modern America. For decades, it has been the enemy,” its government taunting us and attacking our Western, secular lifestyle. That is largely the Iranian government, however, not the Iranian people. Heres the proof.
When Jamie Maslin decides to backpack the entire length of the Silk Road, he decides to travel first and plan later. Then, unexpectedly stranded in a country hes only read about in newspapers, he decides to make the best of it—but wonders whether hell make it out alive. Maslin finds himself suddenly plunged into a subversive, contradictory world of Iranian subculture, where he is embraced by locals who are more than happy to show him the true Iran as they see it—the one where unmarried men and women mingle in Western clothes at secret parties, where alcohol (the possession of which is punishable by hand-amputation) is readily available on the black market, where Christian churches are national heritage sites, and where he discovers the real meaning of friendship, nationality, and hospitality.
This is a hilarious, charming, and astonishing account of one Westerners life-altering rambles across Iran that will leave you wondering what else you dont know about Iran and its people.
"Like a postcard home, Maslin's debut entertains but doesn't inform. The author went to Iran against the better advice of nearly everyone he knew and discovered a country full of hospitable people who seem to want nothing more than to get him another cup of tea. 'I almost felt surprised,' he writes, 'that the sun was still shining on this side of the border,' and it's with obvious delight that he discovers cultural peculiarities: two types of knockers on the doors in the city of Yazd, for instance (one to announce a male visitor, the other for females), or the ongoing use of the qanat, a 3,000-year-old irrigation system (though he's somewhat less enamored of the deep-seated Iranian affection for Irish singer Chris de Burgh). Unfortunately, Maslin's narration is awkward, and while he does provide background information, he doesn't provide sources, leaving the reader to wonder if the occasional small inaccuracy is just that or signifies a larger problem. This book is best read for its surprising snapshots of a culture largely misunderstood in the West; hard facts and analysis are better sought elsewhere." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A counter culture road trip through the underground of Iran.
[A]n unexpectedly enlightening introduction to an unfairly misunderstood country and culture.[T]his travelog will appeal to armchair travelers and those wondering about future prospects for Iranian society.
A backpacker's charming, hilarious account of the secret world of counterculture Iran.
About the Author
Jamie Maslinis a first-time author and world traveler.
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