was not just a stunt or invented hardship. Beautifully written, fresh and fascinating at every turn, Honeymoon in Purdah reveals an Iran rarely seen by Westerners. Honeymoon in Purdah that this is impossible for a woman visiting an Islamic country. Sand Dance: By Camel Across Arabias Great Southern Desert. Many expressed concern, too, about the portrayal of Iranian society in the Hollywood film. Writer Grant Budays book about India.
Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey by Alison Wearing
They braved storms that left everything, including the insides of their eyelids and their mouths, coated with a layer of sand. Insisting the film was a tissue of lies, they assured Wearing that women are not abused or threatened in Iranian society, and in fact are treated more respectfully than their counterparts in the West. A vivid and endearing picture of Iran's people. The three decided to do what everyone who knew the desert and Bedouin ways told them would be impossible to cross the Empty Quarter, from Muscat in Oman to Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates, by camel. Charmingly, after retiring home to Canada, Kirkby found himself eating with his hands and instinctively leaning in to rub noses with male friends as a sign of greeting. So Wearing recruited her roommate, and together they set off for Iran, pretending to be husband and wife. She takes us into the homes and hearts of people whose spirit, intelligence and laughter enlighten and impress, and the result is a collection of riveting, often funny, portraits of the generous, irrepressible people she meets on her travels. Parts of the trip were fraught with tension. Knopf Canada (Toronto, 2000). The book became a catalyst for Kirkby, whod been searching, with two friends, for a desert to cross. The characters Wearing meets are extraordinary in their ordinariness, and the author deftly shows that our opinion of the Middle East is really our opinion of Middle Eastern government.