Rhodes, Fred
October 2004
Middle East;Oct2004, Issue 349, p64
This article discusses the book 'The Blindfolded Horse: Memories of a Persian Childhood," by Shusha Guppy. Decades before the dramatic Iranian Revolution of 1979, which placed the country under strict religious rule, Guppy grew up in a Persia, delicately balanced between a traditional Islamic society and the transforming forces of westernisation. In this memoir, she recreates the lost world of her childhood before the oil boom and the eventual overthrow of the Shah. Her magical tales about relatives and friends, music and drama, religious holidays and celebrations, interwoven with myth and legend, poetry and anecdote, provide a rare and optimistic portrayal of Iran.


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