Honeymoon in Purdah

Honeymoon in Purdah

An Iranian Journey

Book - 2000
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The result of her journey is a collection of riveting portraits and stories about the generous, irrepressible people she met. With a novelist's love of language and eye for detail, she takes the reader into the homes and hearts of people who welcome her, feed her and send her off on one adventure after another, to hidden places of interest that recall the romance of Persia, on interminable trips into the desert, to fading palaces by the sea. Travelling with a male friend, in the guise of a couple on their honeymoon, she sets out on her own at every opportunity. We meet a sweet, young opium dealer who dreams of America, a playful 8-year-old girl a year away from marriage, an ebullient, heroic Anglican minister, an angel at an airport, even policemen who bring tea - people whose spirit, intelligence and laughter enlighten and impress.

Beautifully written, engaging, fascinating at every turn, Honeymoon in Purdah reveals an Iran rarely seen by Westerners and introduces an exceptional young writer.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780676972702
0676972705
Branch Call Number: 955 WEA
Characteristics: 322 p. ;,25 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.

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exlibrarian
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!

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Micenkova
Feb 04, 2010

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

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