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Honeymoon in Tehran

by Azadeh Moaveni

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The Iranian-American author describes her return to Iran as a reporter for "Time" magazine, her marriage to an Iranian man, the repressive Iranian society and its impact, and her family's decision to leave Iran.
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For me, this book was a fascinating look into another culture. She skillfully intertwined her personal story into historical background and current politics. I finished the book (after many stops and starts--it did drag a little for me in the middle) with a strong appreciation of what the author loves about Iran, and a sympathy for her ambivalence about living there. I would recommend this for anyone who wants to understand more about the pull of different cultures. ( )
  Suusan | Jun 1, 2017 |
A really interesting take on living in Iran written by an Iranian-American. The feeling of being 'sort of' at home in a place but 'sort of' a foreigner in equal measure resonates with anyone who has lived abroad. Her feelings about her religion and her love of country swing back and forth during her time there. It is not a one sided portrayal of Iran, like 'Not Without My Daughter' , not is it politically correct, as she takes swipes at things about Iran as well as views on the country westerners have.

The book gave me an expanded view on the country, its politics ( way more complicated than I had envisioned) and the very complicated life there.

On a lighter note, after reading about the wedding 'industry' in Iran, I think a film about it could give 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' a run for their money!
  flyheatherfly | May 3, 2014 |
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Rather boring and kind of useless insight on the Iranian society. Not worth all the fuss around it. For those who are not familiar with Iran and its complexity, it can be a good introduction to the daily life of a very specific cast of the Iranian population. It's not what Iran looks like though. I was a bit disappointed by this very politically correct book. Lipstick Jihad was much more interesting. ( )
  Replay | Oct 9, 2010 |
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I enjoyed this book as it tackled some taboo subject in the Islamic world; one of "zina" or having sex outside of marriage. The author ended up pregnant from her tryst, though all turned out fairly well for her. I also enjoyed the author, Azaden Moaveni's take on various political situations that were taking place during her visits to Iran.

The book describes the ever changing Islamic world. Attitudes and values are changing daily, and there seems to be a constant conflict between those ihabitants that want change and those who want to maintain the "old ways" at any cost.

If you are interested in Iran and the changes that it is expriencing, I would recommend this book. ( )
  lschwoob | Oct 3, 2009 |
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A compelling memoir--it wasn't what I expected but still a good read. ( )
  jennifour | Sep 30, 2009 |
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Why cling to one life

till it is soiled and ragged?

The sun dies and dies

squandering a hundred lives

every instant

God has decreed life for you

and He will give

another and another and another.

-- Mowlana Jalaleddin Rumi
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In the late spring of 2005, I returned to Iran to report on the country's presidential election.
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