Honeymoon in Purdah

Honeymoon in Purdah

An Iranian Journey

Book - 2001
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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.

Publisher: New York :, Picador USA,, 2001
ISBN: 9780312263447
Branch Call Number: ANF 955.05 WEA
ANF 955.05 WEA
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 15, 2016

I overlooked this book many times, thinking it was of no interest. I was led back to it after reading Wearing's other excellent offering "Confession of a Fairy's Daughter". She is a Canadian writer, and a wanderer, leading to this interesting investment of her time and energy.

She spends many months in Iran, posing as half of a pair of newlyweds with her gay roommate. Really, she does. It is an unbelievable adventure, which left me with a greater understanding of the atmosphere and citizenry of Iran. And amazement that she bore the feminine burden of dressing in the Muslim country.

Anyone with an interest in the culture, history, politics and/or religions of Iran should give this a go.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 06, 2014

As the author and her roommate Ian--posing as her husband--begin their Iranian odyssey in Tehran, they are welcomed into the home of an Iranian couple they were put in touch with by a friend of a friend. This openness and hospitality is routinely extended to them as they wind their way down to the Persian Gulf and back to Tehran. Wearing has a special knack for being accepted into hearts and homes of the local people (frequently against Ian's wishes), resulting in some amazing experiences. Her reluctance to finally shed the hijab she has worn throughout the trip (despite the blistering heat), attests to how strongly she has connected with this culture.

Sep 02, 2013

Lovely book. I heard her speak years ago and she is interesting and interested in the world around her. A real traveler, not a tourist, as you find out reading this book. It shows us that people are people everywhere and it doesn't do to demonize a whole country, no matter what its leaders do. I've been recommending this to people for years. Didn't know it was still available at the OPL. Good for you!

Feb 04, 2010

Endearing, compelling...a fabulous read. It made me laugh and cry...tears of joy!

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