Doreen, January 20, 2010 (view all comments by Doreen)
An insightful insight into living in a country that is contradictory on a daily basis. Moaveni, in her heart wants to truly, madly and deeply fall in love with her chosen country. Ultimately, and sadly she finds that she cannot. What she does find, however, is true love with her husband and son. Excellent reporting on current events and daily life in Iran. I look forward to reading more of her books.
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MindyBuchanan, December 2, 2009 (view all comments by MindyBuchanan)
I really liked this book. I previously had no understanding of Iran and Iranian life outside of western media (which Ms. Moaveni is a part of, of course). Her take and understanding of the culture mingled with her own life struggles and changes gives a refreshing perspective on this country I otherwise knew little about. She has a sort of wry sense of humor about most things and despite what is probably a dangerous profession, she is constantly brave and questioning.
I kind of wish I had read Lipstick Jihad A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America And American in Iran first since many of the same people in her life reappear in this book and it might have been easier to have the references for them. Especially Mr. X.
My only gripe, is that it seems as if Ms. Moaveni continued to smoke and drink copious amounts of caffeine through her pregnancy. It isn't spoke of outwardly, but there are references to cigarette ashes and Turkish coffee drinking throughout.
I would definitely read another of Ms. Moaveni's books. I like her take on things, and really enjoyed learning a side of Iran less represented in western media.
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Effie, May 21, 2009 (view all comments by Effie)
Intriguing personal story of a journalist who unexpectedly falls in love and the things that happen to her when she is living with her new husband in Iran.
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Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"In her new memoir, American-born journalist Moaveni (Lipstick Jihad) returns to Tehran in 2005 to cover Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's election for Time magazine, hoping to make the city her permanent home. Her plans are complicated by the standoff with the U.S. over Iran's nuclear program, as well as several unexpected turns in her life. She falls in love, moves in with her boyfriend, becomes pregnant, gets married — in that order — in a country that has no word for 'boyfriend' and no qualms about brutally beating unmarried pregnant women. Through her own experience, Moaveni reports on the growing apathy of the people of Iran, a society burdened by staggering inflation and tensions between religion, political oppression and secular life, the latter ever more enticing through ubiquitous, illegal satellite television. Gradually, the idealism and religious faith that characterized Moaveni's younger years wane. With the birth of her son, her misgivings come to a head, compounded by the spying, threats and intimidation she experienced at the hands of the Ministry of Intelligence. Moaveni, who now lives in London with her family, has penned a story of coming-of-age in two cultures with a keen eye and a measured tone." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Powerful and poignant, "Honeymoon in Tehran" is a stirring, trenchant, and deeply personal chronicle of two years in the maelstrom of Iranian life.
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