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Neither East Nor West by Christiane Bird
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Jan 17, 09

Read in January, 2009

Very interesting book, but twice as long as it needed to be. Christiane returns to Iran where her family spent several years of her childhood. She is now a journalist, who is trying to figure out the culture and religion of present-day Iran and she comes up with enlightening perspectives. Contrary to western thought, Ayatollah Khomeini and his revolution are highly revered. Many women do feel protected by the cultural traditions of Iran. Christiane brings out the great literacy history of Persians ~ a fact seldom realized in the West. Many men she meant were closet poets. But to get these concepts across could take half the pages and I really would have appreciated a glossary in the back to explain what are the chador, hejab, rusari, manteau ~ articles of clothing but which articles of clothing?

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