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The Blindfold Horse: Memories of a Persian Childhood
     

The Blindfold Horse: Memories of a Persian Childhood

by Shusha Guppy
 

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Decades before the Iranian revolution of 1979, which placed the country under a repressive religious rule, Shusha Guppy grew up in a Persia delicately balanced between traditional Islamic life and the transforming forces of westernization. In this eloquent memoir, Guppy recreates the lost world of her childhood before the oil boom and the eventual overthrow of the

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Decades before the Iranian revolution of 1979, which placed the country under a repressive religious rule, Shusha Guppy grew up in a Persia delicately balanced between traditional Islamic life and the transforming forces of westernization. In this eloquent memoir, Guppy recreates the lost world of her childhood before the oil boom and the eventual overthrow of the Shah. Her lively tales about relatives, friends, music, drama, religious holidays, and celebrations bring to life a vanished society caught between the oppressive but stable strictures of the past and the unsettling freedoms of the future.

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Praise for previous editions:
"One of the best books of the 20th century...Stands comparison with Out of Africa."—John Train, author and co-founder of The Paris Review
"A rare and unusual book, which tells a rare and unusual story, and tells it with trues feeling."—Anita Brookner
"A gifted weaver of tales with an artist's eye for sketching characters in context, Guppy evokes the magic, cultural traditions and social fabric of her growing-up years, which were greatly affected by both Reza Shah's efforts to westernize Persia in the 1920s..."—Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Guppy evokes the magic, cultural tradition and social fabric of her youth in Iran, recalling her community through warmly humorous yet unsentimental anecdotes. (May)
Library Journal
The title and opening chapter of this memoir lead one to think that the book will deal with the oppression of women in Iran (formerly Persia). Although there are abundant observations regarding the status of and restrictions on women, both under the Shah and Khomeini, the general tone is of contentment. The author is from the upper middle class, where restrictions coexist with many pleasures and advantages. The value of this work therefore is that it offers a contrasting viewpoint to much of the current research on women in Islamic societies, e.g., Earl L. Sullivan's Women in Egyptian Public Life ( LJ 3/15/86), Nawal El Saadawi's The Hidden Face of Eve ( LJ 3/1/82), and Elizabeth Fernea's Women and the Family in the Middle East ( LJ 3/1/85). A comparable work is Naila Minai's Women in Islam ( LJ 6/15/81), which although more scholarly, also provides balance to the available literature. Recommended.-- Frada L. Mozenter, Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850434016
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
08/21/2004
Series:
Tauris Parke Paperbacks Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 11.13(h) x 0.45(d)

Meet the Author

Shusha Guppy is a journalist and musician.

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