[BOOKS] ✬ Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran Author Azadeh Moaveni – Transportjobsite.co.uk

[BOOKS] ✬ Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran Author Azadeh Moaveni – Transportjobsite.co.uk chapter 1 Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran, meaning Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran, genre Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran, book cover Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran, flies Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran, Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran c74e9c6b4da23 Azadeh Moaveni, Longtime Middle East Correspondent For Time Magazine, Returns To Iran To Cover The Rise Of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Living And Working In Tehran, She Finds A Nation That Openly Yearns For Freedom And Contact With The West But Whose Economic Grievances And Nationalist Spirit Find An Outlet In Ahmadinejad S Strident Pronouncements And Then The Unexpected Happens Azadeh Falls In Love With A Young Iranian Man And Decides To Get Married And Start A Family In Tehran Suddenly, She Finds Herself Navigating An Altogether Different Side Of Iranian Life As Women Are Arrested For Immodest Dress And The Authorities Unleash A Campaign Of Intimidation Against Journalists, Azadeh Is Forced To Make The Hard Decision That Her Family S Future Lies Outside Iran Powerful And Poignant, Honeymoon In Tehran Is The Harrowing Story Of A Young Woman S Tenuous Life In A Country She Thought She Could Change


10 thoughts on “Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran

  1. says:

    Honeymoon in Tehran is the kind of book I would encourage most Americans to read, especially since it provides so much insight into a country that so many Americans view as a dangerous enemy Moaveni is an American journalist born to Iranian immigrant parents but who still feels a distinct connection to the land of her heritage She worked for many years as a foreign correspondent for Time magazine, investigating everything from Iranian pop culture to politics to human rights issues Her latest memoir, after Lipstick Jihad, chronicles her move to Iran from Lebanon when she meets the man she will eventually marry Moaveni, perhaps because of her American Iranian heritage, is particularly effective at describing Iranian life from a perspective that resonates with American readers She reflects the disconnect between the Iranian people, who often hold very modern views about everything from diplomacy to romance, and the Iranian government of religious dictators Although her story is obviously unique, and filtered through her own perspective, Honeymoon in Tehran nevertheless offers us all an opportunity to better understand a country and a people who, for better or worse, will continue to factor greatly into the American political landscape for years to come A fascinating book about a very important region.


  2. says:

    This book is a truly excellent memoir If you re looking for a memoir that details the struggles and censorship that modern Iranians particularly women are facing, it delivers It is chock full of complicated patriotism, scathing social observations and balanced political commentary But if contemporary romance is your thing, it has that too The novel spans two years as President Ahmadinejad rises to power, and the author meets the love of her life I won t spoil the ridiculous and creative ways in which she is oppressed and frankly harassed, but to say it isn t easy to start a family in Tehran.It s obviously well written, as Moaveni is an accomplished journalist and author And for me, the best parts of Azadeh Moaveni s Honeymoon in Tehran are when her journalistic approach to her tale slips, and we are treated to her voice as a woman and a mom delivering the story s most powerful moments Highly recommended


  3. says:

    A first hand account of life among educated, middle class in Tehran, Iran I learned so much about Iranian points of view and many issues that I had misunderstood are made clear in this memoir Set just as Ahmadinejad come into power and increases the repression of the Iranian Islamic regime Politics, culture, family and profession collide with restrictions at every turn This is a compelling and fascinating account of modern professional life in Tehran.


  4. says:

    This book tells the story of Ahmadinejad s first election and how the first years of his administration affected the daily lives of people and, specifically, this reporter.Azadeh Moaveni takes you through the naivet of reform minded voters who justified their sitting out the 2005 election since no one represented positive change Little did they know that at the last minute a hard liner could be entered in stealth and would change the country and take away what little freedoms they had.She shows how the situation deteriorated To this point, small freedoms had crept into the Islamic Republic When Ahmadinejad opened soccer games to women it was hoped the trend would continue, but this was followed a widespread crackdown on woman s attire Satellite dishes are first removed by somewhat polite police, later, they are just smashed on roofs with little warning Moaveni s professional situation deteriorates as well The intimidating government minder becomes downright lethal.Amid all this, Moaveni falls in love and becomes pregnant She can t get health information since sites found in Googling Women as well other body parts are blocked Every aspect of childbirth is fraught with stress down to selection of the child s name The marriage ceremony and celebration have concerns In Iran, wedding planners have added responsibilities They may have to pay the police to so your friends and relatives can be together men and women to celebrate Add music or wine to your party, and you have complications.Don t let the title fool you This is not chick lit and it is not flip It is a serious work on the difficulties of daily life in Iran


  5. says:

    Overall, I think the book lacked coherence I also found the subtitle to be misleading There may have been love, but there was no danger to her throughout the book Sure, she had some minor scares and major hassles but living in a country with limited freedom what did she expect Since she had worked frequently in Iran and had temporarily lived there before, there should have been no surprises for her on the censorship and intrusion into the daily life of Iranians As a journalist, she should have been fully aware of the difficulties in accessing the internet and watching satellite tv And really, if those were the most challenging things she encountered while living there, then she was lucky I can understand the frustration of living in a society where the rules change constantly without warning, but again with her background and experience what did she expect Besides finding her expectations unrealistic, I also found the author self promoting Her self centered discussions on daily life, censorship and other restrictions, do not even touch the serious problem of intimidation and harassment that women activists and human rights advocates have to deal with Part of the book also included her reflections on her personal relationship with Islam To me it seemed that she confused spirituality with Islam Like many people of all religions, she wanted to pick and choose which part of the religion she wanted to follow and apply to her life That may work well in democracies, but in a Islamic Republic it is not that simple.If someone wants to understand about life in the Islamic Republic of Iran, there are better books If you just want to read about the author s life, then you might find the book enjoyable even though it does drag in several places.


  6. says:

    An intriguing book that left me with mixed feelings Azadeh Moaveni is an Iranian born US journalist working for Time magazine in the Middle East In 2005 she lives in Iran covering the elections and the unexpected rise to power of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Not a great deal happens in the book but she covers daily life in Iran, it s restrictions, politics and the difficulties of living under an oppressive Islamic regime She herself seems somewhat conflicted in her views At times she is nationalistic and seems to be trying to prove how forward thinking and open minded the people of Iran are, despite the corruption and restrictiveness of the government and the Mullahs At other times she seems completely frustrated by Iran She also has a conflicted relationship with Islam, trying to meld the liberal form she had seen in America with what she now faced in Iran She alternately seeks to excuse Islam for the state of things in Iran and also blame it Although I see that real life in any country is unlikely to be black and white and life is always complex I found her confusing at times I also found myself captivated by her references to ancient Persian culture largely destroyed by the regime Overall an interesting book that takes you somewhere.


  7. says:

    Honeymoon in Tehran is Azadeh Moaveni s distinguished memoir of her time spent living in Iran as a journalist and newly married mother As an Iranian native of California and journalist for Time magazine, Moaveni spends her notable career reporting on the societal aspects of Iran, from it s controversial elections to trends in Iran s youth activist culture When she returns to the country to begin reporting on Iran s 2005 presidential elections, she has no idea that she will soon begin living in Iran, not to mention that she will meet and fall in love with her soon to be husband But despite best laid plans, Moaveni is soon pregnant and must navigate among Iran s religious and political restrictions to first marry and have her child, then to continue reporting With harrowing clarity she explains the sanctioned abuses that face unwed pregnant mothers, and experiences the difficulty of obtaining the proper permission to be married While documenting this time in her life, the author extensively explains the political, social and religious climate that she is steeped in as a resident of Iran In an eye opening way, she describes the confusion of governmental agencies that share executive power over the country, and even for someone as well versed in Iran s culture as Moaveni, it still is sometimes unclear who holds ultimate authority.In addition, she gives a first hand account of the social repression that is the standard for the country From the strict laws on acceptable attire especially for women, who are expected to don their head coverings in almost all public venues to the segregation of the sexes, even at events such as private weddings, Moveni explores an array of customs that all must live by in their everyday life Aside from these revelations, she examines the repressive and reactionary attitude of the government, documenting the way in which the country s leaders seek to control Iran s image in the media and the shocking downfall in the socioeconomic status of Iran after Ahmadinejad s unexpected election as president With all that she faces, there is still she must routinely deal with her private handler, known only as Mr X, as he systematically bullies, threatens and frightens her into complicity In Iran, each news correspondent must have a government minder, ensuring that the reporter doesn t portray unsavory aspects of the country or its leaders to the outside world s news outlets By using scare tactics and intimidation, Mr X fast becomes a villain in this insidiously prescribed relationship As Moaveni moves through these new stages of her life, she gives a candid account of the attitude of both the traditionally religious and secular Islamic people living in Iran, and she explains in great detail the way in which the Islamic religion has shaped and still very much influences the governmental aspects of the country Although Moaveni must face many difficulties in her time in Iran, still she embodies a great love for the people, culture and wonderful contradictions of Iran, where today most people can t afford to buy a home but nose jobs are had easily and affordably At the conclusion of her memoir, Moaveni must decide if Iran is truly the place in which she wants to live her life and raise her child, and though I won t spoil the book for you, it s obvious that her heart is torn in two opposing directions Her ultimate decision is hard won and heartbreaking This accurate and compelling look at life in modern Iran encompasses all that the country is, and all it hopes to one day be.When I first began reading this book, I was a little non plussed at the fact that this was not mainly a book about one s person s experiences with everyday life in Iran I had supposed, going by the title, that it would be exclusively about the author s struggles in a strict and repressive society When I finally realized the scope of the book, I began to be able to better form an opinion of it Although it was not what I was expecting, this book caught me totally off guard and I was blown away by how much I enjoyed and appreciated the story Moaveni told I didn t have much information regarding the state of society in Iran but was quickly able to understand and grasp the various aspects of modern life in the country I believe that this material, handled so well by the author, could have been very flavorless and dull had it been presented in other ways, by other authors As I read and my understanding grew, I began to ask myself questions that I hoped to be able to research the answers to later However, that wasn t necessary, because Moaveni did a wonderfully thorough job of answering all these questions for me I needed only to be patient as she explained.As time went on, I realized that this book was perfectly complete, posing and answering questions about Iran that have been shrouded in mystery for far too long It was then that a curious change took place within me I stopped doubting the story and became intimately involved with the country s history and future The fact that the story was not as personal as I had originally hoped for ceased to matter, and I left those feelings behind and became totally engrossed with the all encompassing story the author had to tell I still enjoyed Moaveni s story of her marriage and pregnancy, but taken with all the other aspects of the book, those sections were only one facet of a multi layered portrait of Iran While reading, I experienced several emotions, all at the heels of each other I found myself angry at the government and its minions for attempting to totally repress an intelligent and growing society, I was astonished that so many Iranians seemed to humbly accept these impositions on their lives, and saddened by their apathy for instituting change I was also a bit perplexed at the audacity of the governments reactions and punishments to totally ordinary and normal aspects of human behavior I was joyful when I read on to discover that most secular Iranians had their own ways of obliquely dealing with their suppressive regime, giving themselves the freedoms that had been methodically denied to them by their leaders And last, but certainly not least, I was appalled and scared for Moaveni in her dealings with Mr X, a cruel and inventive man who did his best to terrify the journalist away from her work I very greatly appreciated the exclusive instruction that this book provided for me, and I think that Moaveni did a fabulous job in relating a huge amount of history and the implications for Iran s future in such a compelling and interesting way.I have not had the opportunity to read the author s first book, Lipstick Jihad, but I am looking forward to reading from this author, who I consider an expert in this area of the world I think that this book should be read by anyone with a curiosity for Iran Whether this will be your first time reading about the country or you are seasoned in the area s complexities, this is a wonderful read that is not only timely, but enlightening I applaud this author for her unflinching look at Iran and her ability to relate the country s flaws, beauties and conundrums A great read.


  8. says:

    As a young mother who married abroad within the last 10 years, this look at intercultural complexities to falling in love and starting a family in alternate situations was very compelling I learned a lot about the recent and past history of Iran while being reminded of the complexities of expatriate life I enjoyed the narrative from a cultural perspective and some of the writing was very engaging, though sometimes it fell back into news reporter voice.What I love about Moaveni s book is her commitment to understand the nuances and complexities of situations where it is easy to demonize and blame Although it comes partially from her function as a news reporter and partially from her need to understand her own dual identity as an Iranian American, her love for Iran, its people and its heritage and yes, even of the poetic Islam of her grandmother does not blind her to the flaws of the totalitarian regime and the failings of the government corrupt and fundamentalist Her ability to treat subjects fairly and provide the layered backgrounds that contribute to the headlines without glamorizing, blaming, or polarizing is admirable Even if she does piggyback on the ironic popularity of Bushnell s female centric narrative I imagine there could be nothing further from the values portrayed in Ayatollah propoaganda than the world of Sex and the City writer whose Lipstick Jungle inspired the title of Moaveni s first book , she does not rely on the extreme sensationalizing that characterizes the chick lit writer s oeuvre.I m glad I made it to the end of the book, because where her prose fails is in all of the attempts at foreshadowing build up surrounding her non frontation with Mr X As both a tool of the regime and a person with whom Moaveni must regularly interact, he is the villain of this story, but I get the impression from the epilogue that it is because her strong feelings about his betrayal compromised her ability to be journalistically unbiased Hence, much of this fell flat I suspect she still felt too hurt to write about it clearly, and so kept falling back to her objective voice Full disclosure I did not read Lipstick Jihad, nor have I followed much of the news about Iran in recent years as closely as an informed citizen of the U.S should I probably will now.


  9. says:

    I really liked this book I previously had no understanding of Iran and Iranian life outside of western media which Ms Moaveni is a part of, of course Her take and understanding of the culture mingled with her own life struggles and changes gives a refreshing perspective on this country I otherwise knew little about She has a sort of wry sense of humor about most things and despite what is probably a dangerous profession, she is constantly brave and questioning.I kind of wish I had read Lipstick Jihad A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America And American in Iran first since many of the same people in her life reappear in this book and it might have been easier to have the references for them Especially Mr X.SPOILERMy only gripe, is that it seems as if Ms Moaveni continued to smoke and drink copious amounts of caffeine through her pregnancy It isn t spoke of outwardly, but there are references to cigarette ashes and Turkish coffee drinking throughout.END SPOILERI would definitely read another of Ms Moaveni s books I like her take on things, and really enjoyed learning a side of Iran less represented in western media.


  10. says:

    I labored through this book but I did not want to NOT finish it It had enough substance to keep my interest going despite the confusing religious philosophies and foreign names When I chose to read Honeymoon in Tehran, I didn t know what to expect I definitely was not expecting a chicklit I knew that it will be part secular part political However, as much as Ms Moaveni was able to paint a vivid picture of everyday life in Iran from an upper middle class, Western and highly educated perspective, her attempt to marry no pun intended the political issues which pretty much is the major driving force in the daily lives of Iranian, was too fragmented Definitely, this literature cannot be cited for eloquent writing I am not sure if she was trying to achieve the effect of being poetic but her writing lacks the romance and passion of someone who declared to be very much in love with Islam and her native country I was looking for the depth of longing and feelings that other ex patriate authors profess in their works.Regardless, this book is a good way to understand modern Iran through the eyes of a lay person whose profession is that also of a journalist.


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