Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey

Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey

Alison Wearing / Apr 06, 2020

Honeymoon in Purdah An Iranian Journey 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 honeymoo

  • Title: Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey
  • Author: Alison Wearing
  • ISBN: 9780312263447
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 welcomiWith 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.

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      • Alison Wearing

        Alison Wearing is the author of the internationally acclaimed travel memoir Honeymoon in Purdah an Iranian journey and the writer performer of two award winning one woman plays Her newest book, Confessions of a Fairy s Daughter, is forthcoming with Alfred A Knopf Random House in May 2013TAILED BIOGRAPHY A wanderer since the age of seventeen, Alison has travelled and lived throughout Europe, Israel and the Occupied Territories, the former Soviet Union, China, Thailand, and the ian regions of Ecuador and Peru Her 1995 travels through the Middle East resulted in the internationally acclaimed memoir Honeymoon in Purdah an Iranian journey Vintage Canada Alison has spent most of the last decade living in central Mexico.Alison s writing has been awarded a National Magazine Award Gold Medal, a Western Canada Magazine Award 1st Prize, has been a finalist for the Journey Prize, and has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Queen s Quarterly, BorderCrossings, Geist, Canadian Forum, enRoute, ascent and Shambhala Sun, as well as in the Dropped Threads, AWOL, and Journey Prize Anthologies.Over the last decade, Alison s creative life has opened into the performing arts She sings on the CDs Hole in the Sky, Rites of Passage and What is Your Dream with world folk musician Jarmo Jalava and has participated in the North American tours of those CDs as a vocalist and percussionist, playing concerts across North America After developing a passionate love of dance while living in Mexico, Alison to begin to experiment with the blending of text, music and movement She became increasingly interested in the territory between art forms and after giving an animated reading from a book in progress, Alison was approached by theatre director Stuart Cox, who encouraged her to consider staging her work.Together, Stuart and Alison whittled her book in progress down to script length and created Giving Into Light, a solo performance piece that combines literary chronicles with music, dance and theatre Since 2009, the one woman show has taken top honours in Fringe theatre Festivals across Canada, including two Best of Fest awards, a Pick of the Fringe, Top 5 of the Fringe, and was a finalist for the Critics Choice Spotlight Award for Best Fringe Production of 2011 While it has been a bit eclipsed by Alison s rigorous performance schedule, the full length manuscript of Giving Into Light looks forward to being completed soon A screenplay adaptation of the story is also underway.Alison s most recent project, Confessions of a Fairy s Daughter, is based on her own experience of growing up with a gay father in a small Ontario town in the 1980s Again with the help of director Stuart Cox, the story first took form as a multimedia monologue which won Best of Fest at its Canadian premiere and Alison later completed a full length book of the same title forthcoming with Alfred A Knopf in May 2013 A cross country tour of both the book and the play is being planned for the summer of 2013.Alison has recently settled in Stratford, Ontario Canada , where she can be found writing in a turret, walking her imported Mexican street dog, dancing in her living room, baking bread with her son And doing yoga whenever she can.


    1. Yet another book I read that is missing from my shelves. I don't think I reviewed it though as I read it probably in 2008/9. I have the book sitting in front of me. Why wouldn't I have listed it? I wish now I had kept all the v files of the bookshelves instead of the newest one replacing the last. However, since I started to notice books missing in June 2014, I've been keeping all the files. It's really distressing the number of bug affecting the books right now. GR say they can't trace the bug [...]

    2. This is absolutely one of the most unbiased, open-minded "outsider" views on modern-day Iran that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Alison Wearing went into Iran with an open mind and an open heart, and a double dollop of tenacity and courage. She emerges a person who has viewed the country the news media doesn't want us to see. This is the country of total strangers who invite you to stay and dine at their house; of people who are concerned with whether you find the restrictions of their [...]

    3. This book was recommended to me by someone who shares similar reading tastes as myself - despite that this book was not very good. (I am surprised, on entering this, at the number of positive entries for this book. I did laugh at it being listed with: Travelogs of people who should get their head examined, since this is what I was thinking the entire time I was reading this book.)I am not a fan of memoirs (or travelogs) - especially those that try to dress themselves up as something else, as thi [...]

    4. Knowing very little essential about Iranian culture prior to this travel account, for me this was a compelling and informative read. I love that Wearing spends most of her writing painting pictures of the lives of those she encountered rather than blathering on about herself. My chief objection to 'The Songlines' is that I never get past the first chapter of what I've been told is a very good read, because Chatwin won't just shut up already about the exact make of his pen, and how his leather-bo [...]

    5. Hey, let's pretend to be married, so we can go to Iran! This is not a thought I've ever had, but apparently this lady did. And I'm glad she did, it was a worthwhile read. I had read another woman-in-Iran book about a decade ago, but it was a journalist, and she didn't have a fake-husband, and it was way harder. (Aha! After about half an hour of googling I think it's Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran. I remember liking it.)The weird part is that she kept getting invited to people's houses [...]

    6. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it gave me a picture of life in Iran and some of the customs of Islam. In many ways it is sad and frightening, and in others it shows a loving and generous people. I am not sure of the degree of accuracy, but felt that there is some degree of truth to it. It made me feel a closeness to a people I don't know.

    7. u wouldn't realize that she's totally insane until about 2/3 of the way into her tale -- clarity is overrated! She pulls you in w/o even trying.I for one, would like to hear what her travel companion has to say about all this. I wouldn't mind, for example, to share a strong cup of tea to get the dirt!---On an unrelated note (2012 mar):A movie "My Tehran for Sale (2009)" presented the modern cityscape of Tehran, visually and acoustically. It's a story loosely based on real events & i think I [...]

    8. Posing as newlyweds on their honeymoon, Canadian Alison Wearing and a male friend make a five-month clockwise tour of Iran. Wearing's travelogue describes her experiences wearing the hijab and chador, but mostly her encounters with the Iranian people, recorded in their English. 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 foreign couple to their homes, showing them around town, or offeri [...]

    9. I LOVED this book. Alison Wearing was able to bring humour to her travels around Iran. Through her narration we were introduced to kind, 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. I particularly enjoyed the fact that this book, unlike to many other travel memoirs, was more about the people met, rather than the traveler. It wasn't about Alison's reaction to meeting [...]

    10. Set in the early 2000s, before 9/11 and the wars in Afganistan and Iraq, this book tells of how a woman travels through Iran and the people she meets. Even though this book is categorized as a travel book, she doesn't tell you much, hardly anything about the places she sees in Iran. This is a story-- a series of stories actually -- about people. How we are the same and how we are different. Extremely engaging and well done.

    11. One of the most wonderful books on Persian culture. It took my breath away and gave me a different view into Iran. It was recommended to me by the most beautiful man who used to run a persian restaurant in Kensington Market. He said it would "show me his country through the eyes of one who loves it." And he was right.

    12. I read this ages ago but just discovered Alison Wearing has a new book out. This travel memoir was one of my favorites-- not just travel books--but books.

    13. Excellent book. Shows all the beautiful, wonderful people of Iran that we don't otherwise get to see.

    14. Interesting story, but I would´ve liked to hear more from her "husband" Ian on his observations of the country, from the point of view of a gay male.

    15. This book coupled with a few others I have read about Iran has really whetted my appetite to travel in this beautiful country but the likelihood of that ever happening is pretty slim. 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.This particular book was published in 2000 so the travel was a year\s before that date and a lot has developed since then mostly negative from what I can see. This bo [...]

    16. Unfortunately, I don't remember enough specifics about this to write a good review. I remember bits and pieces, like her description of her hijab, and passing out because she got so hot in it. I also specifically remember thinking this author is a kook. (She describes getting lost in China because she was so absorbed in the book she was reading that she got on the wrong train. Who does that???) I liked the stories, but didn't care for the author. She seemed rather brash and a "typical American." [...]

    17. 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. I was able to see how kind and generous the Iranian people are. I love the practice of putting your hand over your heart when you part from someone. Wearing writes with a light touch, and parts are very humorous. Her struggle with the manteau (coat), scarf, and chador was painfully evident in every chapter. Iranians apparently have such a different view of this and con [...]

    18. Acabei de ler "Lua de Mel no Irão" de Alison Wearing. Um visão deste país de contrastes que é feita numa viagem de mente e coração abertos.Fiquei a pensar como tão pouco conhecemos deste e doutros povos e como o poder dos media nos distorce a realidade.Para ler também de mente e coração abertos. Recomendo!

    19. I really liked this book, it is a real pleasure to read. I think it's more of a 3.5, but I can't really give it 4. If you've been reading some heavy-hitting books and need to read something a bit lighter, but still very interesting and well-written give this one try.

    20. Refreshing account of one part of the Islamic world that is less explored, mysterious and less liked -being the representative Government of the Islamic minority. World as it was before 9/11, it definitely was a better place to live.

    21. een reisverhaal waarin onderscheid gemaakt wordt tussen het regime en de mensen die er onder moeten leven met fijne ontmoetingen die geloof overstijgen. Mooi in deze tijden van haat en onbegrip

    22. This is wonderful travel writing with all the hardship and all the heart. The author met so many generous people in Iran. Even though the book is getting old, it is still definitely worth reading.

    23. This book is the true story of a young Canadian woman traveling in Iran in the 1990’s. (I don’t believe the exact year of her travels is mentioned, but I vaguely remember a reference to Clinton as the US President, and the book’s copyright is 2000.)The back of my copy of the book includes the huge spoiler of how this woman is able to travel extensively in Iran. (I HATE it when the back of a book tells me something I would rather not know before I start reading.)I appreciate how Wearing man [...]

    24. El esquema de un episodio del libro es sencillo: dos viajeros canadienses llegan a un lugar perdido en Irán, conocen a una familia con la que apenas se entienden y ésta les invita a su casa y a conocer a su familia. Repítase este esquema en la práctica totalidad de las 315 páginas del libro y ya tenemos un libro de viajes de dos troncos que viajan de gorra por Irán durante tres meses.Nada de paisajes, nada de monumentos, ni de historia o actualidad. Algunas referencias a sí mismos (el cal [...]

    25. Drie sterren. Recensie kan SPOILERS bevattenDit reisverhaal trok mij door de foto op de cover. En een land waarin ik geen eigen reis ervaringen heb. Ik heb veel van de wereld gezien maar dat deel nog niet. Wie weet komt het er ooit nog eens van. Net zoals ik mij altijd heb aangepast aan de gebruiken van een land, doet Alison dit ook door een Hijab te dragen. Dat moet voor een westerse vrouw een worsteling zijn. Daar het een losse lap stof is. Zij beschrijft dit ook in haar verhaal. Het is een pr [...]

    26. "Honeymoon in Purdah" opened up a whole new world and a fascinating view of the middle east as it was before 9/11. This novel follows Wearing and her friend Ian as they travel around Iran. Wearing seems to fully embrace the Iranian way of life - taking in the sights, sounds, foods, culture, religion and people. This travel diary isn't about sights so much as it is about the people of Iran. I walked away from this novel feeling as though Iranians are some of the most generous and friendly people. [...]

    27. To be honest some times a book comes along and changes your perceptions .is was one such book.We have all seen Iran on the T.V and within the papers and it seems just to be a wasteland overwrought by religious fundamentalism and hatred of the westis book lifts a lid on the real Iran and although the above negatives are present within they are but a small part of the journey and within the book instead we see the generous nature of the people and far more liberalism than legend suggests.In many w [...]

    28. I picked this book up in a charity shop some time ago and it has been waiting on the shelf for my attention. This is the story of a Canadian woman travelling Iran with her "husband" It details the places and the people, and gives a little thought to the attitudes of the West towards Iran and some of the customs that draw the most attention, such as the wearing of the hijab. This book in now 11 years old and much has happened to that country in the meantime but it was still shed an interesting li [...]

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