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In 1970, at the age of 19, Sarah Hobson decided to explore Iran. In order to travel safely alone in remote areas, she dressed as a boy. This disguise gave her entree to a world still closed to women.


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In 1970, at the age of 19, Sarah Hobson decided to explore Iran. In order to travel safely alone in remote areas, she dressed as a boy. This disguise gave her entree to a world still closed to women.

40 review for Through Iran In Disguise

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carolinemawer

    This book felt superficial - lots of the usual stereotypes wrapped up in know-it-all-quotes and too-much detail. It felt like she wrote "evocative" detailed notes as she went along, and then levered every single adjective she'd ever thought of into her book. Less can definitely be more! Her lack - I think? - of good Persian language skills, her lack of any real local contacts, her interest in rushing on to the next place - all these hindered the book for me. Then there's her ruse: of dressing as a This book felt superficial - lots of the usual stereotypes wrapped up in know-it-all-quotes and too-much detail. It felt like she wrote "evocative" detailed notes as she went along, and then levered every single adjective she'd ever thought of into her book. Less can definitely be more! Her lack - I think? - of good Persian language skills, her lack of any real local contacts, her interest in rushing on to the next place - all these hindered the book for me. Then there's her ruse: of dressing as a man. Surely many more people than she acknowledged saw through this - and it made me as uncomfortable as I think she should have been. I wondered how she would have felt lying to so many people in any other country. It's especially awkward when the topic of gender was so important to so many of the people she met. Of course, I may well be biased - the author likes Qajar "art" (which I think would simply be vulgar, if it wasn't so dull), and she didn't enjoy Natanz (surely the mostly wonderful small town in the universe). But I was left not knowing if I should think of the author as brave, or just a-bit-too-mixed-up-17?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eddy Hendriksen

    Somewhat disjointed and stretching credulity as far as being able to remain disguised as a boy. Nevertheless an interesting read especially knowing that this was written prior to the 79 revolution.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Clivemichael

    What I recall about this was her incredible nerve to attempt such a feat and her reflections on realizing that one individual had possibly guessed. Seems like this same book has been published under two other titles.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    Amazing story...missed opportunity for amazing storytelling. I admire Hobson for the chances she took and the adventures she pursued but I did not love her writing. Still, the setting and the suspense that comes with her traveling in disguise was enough to keep me reading.

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    Howard Brooks

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    Susan

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    Chip Lionel

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    David Sanor

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    Kathryn French

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    Caixa Catalunia

  26. 5 out of 5

    BookDB

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cat Treadwell

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Huse

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    Lauren Wilson

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    George Winston

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  39. 5 out of 5

    MG

  40. 4 out of 5

    Brian Kirven

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