Synopses & Reviews
The beautifully written travel memoir of a Western woman's journey in Iran
In the tradition of Nothing to Declare, Honeymoon in Purdah is a book of sketches gathered over the course of one woman's journey in Iran. Through her, we meet the ordinary and extraordinary people of Iran--men and women whose lives extend beyond Western news stories of of kidnappings, terrorism, and Islamic fundamentalism. Peppered with accounts of Iran's Islamic Revolution and political analyses of the country, Honeymoon in Purdah is a departure from our conventional perception of Iran. Alison Wearing give Iranians the chance to wander beyond headlines and stereotypes and in so doing, reveals the poetry of their lives.
"A vivid sketch of a lively, wonderfully hospitable, but utterly lost society under the heel of religious tyranny." (Kirkus 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
Through one woman's journey in Iran, readers meet the ordinary and extraordinary people of Iran -- men and women whose lives extend beyond Western news stories of kidnappings, terrorism, and Islamic fundamentalism.
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.
About the Author
is a journalist and travel writer. She lives in Canada, where she has received the National Magazine Award, the Western Canada Magazine Award, and been a finalist for the Journey Prize.