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Not Without My Daughter (1987)

by Betty Mahmoody, William Hoffer

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The true story of Betty Mahmoody's desperate struggle to survive and to escape with her daughter from the alien and frightening culture of Iran.
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  archivomorero | May 21, 2023 |
"Taraf is the Iranian conversational custom of making polite but vacant offers.”

Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody

This was a really harrowing read. Reading it, I could not get over Betty's courage and how frightened and alone she must have felt. It's a page turner and is unputdownable.

I also liked very much how Betty detailed the kindness of the people involved in helping her. The actual escape itself is nail biting. I also saw this movie but did not care for it. The book is way more powerful.

I am glad Betty and her daughter made it out safely. This was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in Betty's story. ( )
  Thebeautifulsea | Aug 4, 2022 |
I was moved by the racism, sexism and nationalism portrayed in Betty Mahmoody's book. I had to wonder, given the timing of the publication, if there weren't hidden motives in the extremism of the anti Islamic "behavior" towards the United States. Certainly, any situation where a mother and daughter automatically lose their human rights just by crossing a border is extremely worrisome. I was left with much research to do about the actual data of Americans in Middle Eastern countries. A well written book. ( )
  Windyone1 | May 10, 2022 |
Interesting read, but gives a pretty much American-biased view on the Iranian society. Of course, it's a story which happened almost 20 years ago, and the author went through a terrible time (it's a true story) which might explain it somehow.

Very catchy story however. ( )
  bbbart | May 30, 2015 |
Travel read, a compelling story of course, but saturated with facile and gooey patriotism, and padded with too many repetitive incidents; ghost written by the Midnight Express guy too, so you have to wonder... ( )
  CSRodgers | May 3, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Betty Mahmoodyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hoffer, Williammain authorall editionsconfirmed
Aschim, RagnarOvers.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cuny, Marie-ThérèseTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dellaporta, PenelopeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tandori, DezsőTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vlek, RonaldTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is dedicated to the memory of my father, Harold Lover.
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My daughter dozed in her seat next to the window of a British Airways jetliner, her red-brown curls encircling her face, tumbling haphazardly below her shoulders.
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