Beautifully written, fresh and fascinating at every turn, Honeymoon in Purdah reveals an Iran rarely seen by Westerners. Published by: Deutsches Taschenbuch. Whatever our reasons for setting off on a trip, most of us discover new perspectives and explore our own identities while travelling. We do take ourselves with us. She may not believe in fear, but she’ll permit herself a white lie: her Iranian sojourn is not a honeymoon. She is, in fact, not married to her.

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How we are the same and how we are different. The film didn’t say which country she fled to. Contact Us Use our anonymous tipline Report a book deal Contact us via email. And it definitely made me want pistachios and cherries. And, the majority of people she meets are a far cry from what anyone would expect. GR has degenerated so much since Amazon bought it out, not just that it has become a selling site where Patrick is intent that authors and their product, especially SPAs as their product costs Amazon nothing, it’s all profit for them, will come first and us readers are just fish swimming around in a barrel.

This is not a thought I’ve ever had, but apparently this lady did. Although I only live one thousand miles away my country of Israel is seen as an enemy at least by the pariah government that continues to exist there. But this book is still great as vicarious travel. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. I spent several years in pre-revolutionary Iran.

Jun 18, Dovofthegalilee rated it it was ok. So, with a gaudy wedding ring on her finger, a good buddy whom she grows to detest at her side, and a stifling black polyester Islamic hejab covering her from head to toe, the author endures interminable bus rides, bureaucratic imbroglios, grim hotels, and restaurants where cockroaches clean the plates.


HONEYMOON IN PURDAH by Alison Wearing | Kirkus Reviews

It’s not like I would be going on a honeymoon to Purdah anytime soon. The author was asked repeatedly how she liked her hejab and chadorthe black covering she wore on top of all her clothing.

Through her narration we were introduced to honeeymoon, lovely people who opened their homes to these honeymooners and who through their stories brought a humanity and beauty to a country that often gets the short end of the stick. Please provide an email address. It made me feel a closeness to a people I don’t know. Quotes from Honeymoon in Purd I read this ages ago but just discovered Alison Wearing has a new book out.

Her struggle with the manteau coatscarf, and chador was painfully evident in every chapter. Wearing’s travelogue describes her experiences im the hijab and chador, but mostly her encounters with the Iranian people, recorded in their English. I am surprised, on entering this, at the number of positive entries for this book.

What I enjoyed most about the book was the vicarious experience of meeting such kind, excited, generous people, many of them random strangers inviting the ohneymoon couple to their homes, showing them around town, or offering handfuls of food — practicing the Persian custom of ta’arouf.

Ratings and Reviews 0 1 star ratings 0 reviews. Thus at times I couldn’t help but feel they were a couple of Westerners mooching off the generosity of strangers, who would not reciprocate the hospitality back home. Paperbackpages. At such times, eating and drinking were out of the question. I also specifically remember thinking this author is a kook. Iranians apparently have such a different view of this and con I loved seeing inside Iran from the point of view of a young Canadian woman who donned a chador for her trip around the country.

Jun 15, Caroline Cottom rated it really liked it. I also appreciate that Wearing lets the Iranian people speak for themselves. Refreshing account of honeymmoon part of the Islamic world that is less explored, mysterious and less liked -being the representative Government of the Islamic hnoeymoon. The Edge of Lost. So Wearing recruited her roommate, and together they set off for Iran, pretending to be husband and wife. In five trips to the Asian subcontinent between and once to get away from it all after his divorceBuday finds them everywhere — including in his hotel room on the night he first arrives.


She enjoys travelling solo, but admits at the outset of Honeymoon in Purdah that this is impossible for a woman visiting an Islamic country. I am not sure of the degree of accuracy, but felt that there is some degree of truth to it. Unfortunately, I don’t remember enough specifics about this to write a good review. Would they have welcomed them into their homes if they knew the truth? I am ‘top reviewer’ as I ‘reviewed’ books last week. I think he version of purcah story would have been far more interesting since he was the best part of the book.

I highly recommend this book, and have loaned my copy to several people so far. I was annoyed with her and happy to be done with the book.

The book apparently took place over months however the book is written as though it was days or weeks – leaving out huge gaps of information and detail.

Throughout its pages, Ms. El esquema de un episodio del libro es sencillo: Shows all the beautiful, wonderful people of Iran that we don’t otherwise get to see.

I wouldn’t mind, for example, to share a strong cup of tea to get the dirt! It was like she thought up a creative and lovely paragraph and dropped it randomly on the page. Lo doloroso que resulta mirarlas. She bemoans her nieces in Puurdah who are struggling with teenage pregnancies, while her daughter is getting straight A’s and planning for college.