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Persian Nights (William Abrahams Book) (original 1987; edition 1998)

by Diane Johnson (Author)

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Title:Persian Nights (William Abrahams Book)
Authors:Diane Johnson (Author)
Info:Plume (1998), 368 pages
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Tags:Persia, Iran, Shah, Koran, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam, Matthew Arnold, Dogs, Cats, Adultery, Airport, Marriage, Pottery, Persepolis, Typhoid, Archaeology, Muslim, Rugs, Art, Caves

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Chloe, a superficial adultery plotting housewife, adds little to the Persian Nights or Days during her short time in Iran.

The plot moves VERY slowly as she notices, then mostly ignores a starving fearful puppy under the bushes outside
her small and dirty new "villa." Worse still, with her group of friends, she meets a starving young girl who she leaves behind
instead of insisting that she be taken to the hospital where half of these friends are doctors. She does not even ask
her doctor lover, Hugh, to accompany her back to rescue the child.

In the next scene she is merely having tea with no mention of the girl.

After reading Diane Johnson's Le Divorce, I was expecting a witty tale with a
challenging plot. This book offers posturing in words and, sadly, lack of deeds. ( )
  m.belljackson | Sep 26, 2017 |
This novel is about a 40-ish American woman, Chloe, who is supposed to be going to Iran (in the late 1970s) with her husband, who is a doctor, because her husband is going to work in an Iranian hospital for a couple of months. At the airport in London, her husband has to turn back, and she goes on alone. She is a housewife and is used to having her husband around, so the book in part is about her learning to manage on her own in a strange country. But she's not terribly likeable; she still seems weak and adrift, and she and the other Americans (and a few of the Iranians) are all sleeping together and cheating on each other as well as their spouses. Despite this, I very much enjoyed the book. The characters seem realistic if not likeable, and it is interesting to think about what travel to Iran would have been like right before the Shah was deposed. My only quibble with the writing is that I think the ending was too abrupt. ( )
  carlym | Sep 20, 2010 |
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