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Iranian Rappers and Persian Porn: A Hitchhiker's Adventures in the New Iran

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

    Fantastic book. A real page turner and laugh out loud funny. Informative, funny and accurately reported (I disagree with the review below stating otherwise).

    I really enjoyed reading this fascinating account of a young Brits travels across Iran. It was thought provoking, heart warming, informative and extremely funny. The Iranians come across in it as the antithesis of their image in the West; not dangerous fundamentalists but kind, thoughtful and generous to a fault. Buy this book if you want to discover the true character of Iran or just want to read a gripping and funny book.

    As for the review below that states the reporting in chapter 18 is inaccurate, I totally disagree. The passage in question relates to the US naval vessel USS Vincennes shooting down an Iranian commercial airliner (killing 290 civilians including 60 kids), and, crucially, the subsequent handing out of medals to those involved. Sadly, this is exactly what happened when the crew returned to the US. They did not have the medals before hand as is implied in the earlier review, but got them afterwards. At no point does Maslin state that the medals were inscribed with 'for shooting down a commercial jet' but the implication from the US was clear, and is accurately reported in the book; namely, that the US were not going to apologize and those involved would be treated as neither imbeciles or criminals but instead as heroes.

    The reviewer states that "Maslin's account leaves the reader to assume that US servicemen and government were completely insensitive and callous to the tragic event. No sir."

    I'm afraid that, Yes Sir, they were. This is clear to see in the quote, (included in the book) by George Bush Senior about the event "I will never apologize for the United States of America ever. I don't care what it has done. I don't care what the facts are."

    I too would like to think my government weren't callous and insensitive but I'm afraid in this instance they were.

    But enough of that. I really enjoyed this book and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. It was a great read, 5 Stars!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2009

    A valuable and funny narrative

    This is an enjoyable book which desrcibes what it's like to travel around Iran, basically as a tourist living with local people. It focuses particulalry on Iranian sub-culture and how young people interact with each other, their parents, religious mullahs and their government.

    The author - Jamie Maslin - is a first time author and I think he writes a little like he travels; with no preconceptions or pretentions and in a very relaxed and easy manner. He's witty and there were a lot of times I found myself laughing out-loud which not many travel books do for me - Bryson is one that always does.

    The book shows us Iran without the media filter but often looks at the lighter side of living there. For example, while readers will be aware that Iran censors all foreign music they may not know that one of the only officially sanctioned Western rock singers in the country is the Irish soft-rock singer Chris de Burgh! De Burgh seems to enjoy a level of infallibility and reverence amongst the Iranian's that you would normally attribute to their religious or spiritual leaders. The author captures this and many other funny anomalies and incidents very well.

    I didn't buy this book as a text or reference book on Iran but there is quite a lot of factual information in it, both current and historical. However, I think it's best enjoyed as a travel narrative and for getting a feel for what it's like to live in modern day Iran.

    In summary: a very readable and funny account of living in modern Iran which will probably change your views on the country and the people there quite radically. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Easy read

    Simply a well done traveller chronicle

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Porn

    Yeaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2009

    Enjoyable read.

    Informative and entertaining, Maslin's journey through Iran is highlighted by the people he meets and the kind hospitality he is shown wherever he goes. Maslin uncovers the true spirit of a much misrepresented nation, and in doing so describes a country I would now love to visit. Not just a travel log, Maslin also includes interesting political and cultural details which have enlightened my views of Iran and its place in the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2009

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    Really enjoyed this book until I discovered inaccurate reporting in Chapter 18

    It is such a joy and pleasure to read a foreigner's account of his experience in a country that is, unfortunately, often closed to outsiders. Maslin's travels through this country is fascinating and very thought-provoking in his description of the people that make up the state of Iran. I think anyone who has very little knowledge of the country should read it to gain perspective of a truly beautiful people that Western media has so often demonized for gratuitous purposes.

    With that said, I came upon a terrific inaccuracy in Maslin's retelling of the tragic event where the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian commercial plane. Maslin states that two men received awards for their part in the tragedy. They did not. They may have had those medals already but they did NOT receive them for shooting down an airliner where hundreds of innocent lives were lost. Hours after the attack on the airliner, deployments were cancelled and US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf were told to pull out of the area to minimize their presence. Maslin's ccount leaves the reader to assume that US servicemen and government were completely insensitive and callous to the tragic event. No, sir.

    I endorsed the book to many of my friends before I read the last few chapters. Now, I still do think its a great book and very interesting. Maslin really gets into some of the funniest situations and his account of the dynamics of Iranian culture is very informative. I am just a little hesitant now because of his inaccurate portrayal of the Vincennes attack, I am left wondering what other facts are glossed over for political agenda.

    Anyways, look at my ratings and after reading my review you will see why I had to knock down my assessment of "research" pretty low.

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