Neither East Nor West: One Woman's Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran
Fusing travelogue, historical inquiry, and interviews with Iranians from all walks of life, Neither East Nor West is a landmark contribution to travel writing and to cultural studies, as well as a timely illumination of a nation deeply misunderstood by most Westerners. In describing life in Iran today, Christiane Bird, an American who spent part of her childhood there, breaks the silence that has surrounded Iran's culture -- unlike its politics -- for nearly twenty years.
Traveling alone and largely by bus, Bird journeys from the modern, bustling capital of Tehran to the medieval holy city of Qom, from the sacred pilgrimage site of Mashhad -- visited by more than twelve million Shi'ites annually -- to the isolated valley of Alamut, once home to the legendary cult of the Assassins. She visits mosques, public baths, Khomeini's former home, and a Caspian Sea resort, and attends prayer meetings and a horse racing meet. Along the way, she talks to muleteers and ayatollahs, Kurds and Turkomans, Westernized and traditional Iranians -- many of whom invite her home for a cup of tea.
The result is an astounding, insightful journey into the Islamic Republic of Iran -- in all its beauty, ferocity, and contradiction.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - akeela - LibraryThing
I thoroughly enjoyed this journalist's four-month ramble though Iran, where she engaged with Iranians from all strata of society. She got me completely engrossed in the telling, and I thought the book was well-researched. Read full review
Neither East nor West: one woman's journey through the Islamic Republic of IranUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Bird (The Jazz and Blues Lover's Guide to the U.S.) lived in Iran for three years as a child. Currently living in New York and a former travel writer for the New York Daily News, she studied Persian ... Read full review
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