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Not Without My Daughter

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A hair-raising escape brought her and Mahtob back to the US, where they now live under assumed names, fearful of Moody. How she finally escapes, and the sympathetic friends she meets along the way will make your heart soar. Betty Mahmoody and her husband, Dr Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody ('Moody'), came to Iran from the USA to meet Moody's family.

When the movie, “Not Without My Daughter” came out back in 1991, I remember hearing that many of my fellow countrymen boycotted it. Mahtob answers most of these questions in her book, but the rest are one’s people will have to puzzle out for themselves. I think it’s quite short-sighted for anyone to delude themselves into thinking that she portrays all Iranians as bad people.Betty also mentions in the book that Ahmal had informed her that the cold weather and snowfall in Balochistan was more severe than usual and reports of bandits abducting travelers meant putting them at further risk, so he had reservations of using that route. And then every time he would reappear in my life, I would have to work through those emotions and, you know, forgive him all over again. It was a bit of a slug to get through at the beginning before you got into her plans and attempts to escape. There is no doubt that women are treated differently in Muslim countries and with them I do empathize. Not Without My Daughter is an account of her experiences in 1984-1986, when she left Michigan, to go to Iran with her husband and daughter for what she was promised would be a short visit.

During their escape several people put themselves in harms way, possibly even in a position where they could be killed for helping Ms. The book details her 500 mi (800 km) escape to Turkey through the snowy Iranian mountains, and the help she received from many Iranians. Many of her husband's relatives were actually shocked and scolded him for his treatment of her and their daughter, including his own mother.It never came to that, thank goodness, but films like Not Without My Daughter fascinated my grandparents, mom, brother and I. My parents' divorce wasn’t the most amicable one out there, although you wouldn’t know it because they’re pretty good friends now. Seller has stated it will dispatch the item within 1 working day upon receipt of cleared payment - opens in a new window or tab . Evading Moody's sinister spy network, she secretly met sympathisers opposed to Khomeini's savage regime. It shows what happened to Betty and her daughter after they escaped to America, while also explaining the heartbreaking phenomenon of international child abduction.

Though I doubt his actions were so suspicious that she thought they might be trapped; I think that’s hindsight. This and other such warning signs were present but, as Mahmoody takes care to explain, easily dismissed because she lived ensconced in the certainty that her Iranian husband had been “Americanized” (Mahmoody). Her sister-in-law had no redeeming quality at all and I have to think there was one or two good things about her. On a final note: I don't know why this is, but most who have read Not Without My Daughter are unaware that it has a sequel: For the Love of a Child.After years of marriage and a beautiful child together, Betty agrees to travel with her husband to Iran to visit his family. There were some incredible kind-hearted individuals also, those who helped and befriended Betty in whatever way they could. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.

At any rate, I loved that Betty took the time to explain Muslim holidays and customs, foods and their preparations, rules of etiquette, and even bureaucratic governmental policies. Not Without My Daughter is an astounding memoir that underscores just how little power women have in Iran. This is Betty’s Mahmoody’s account and its a terrifying account and ordeal for any woman and child to have gone through. Little by little Betty's account shows how one woman's struggle is a nightmare for thousands of such women, kept captive in their husband's native land without any rights whatsoever.Overall, the book was compelling, but I didn’t find the writing very good and a lot of things seemed to be retrospective rather than current which was frustrating.

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