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From a Persian Tea House: Travels in Old Iran Paperback – 30 Jul 2007

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks (30 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845115007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845115005
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 910,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Carroll's beautifully written narrative is adorned with colourful episodes from Iran's long and momentous history and enriched with anecdotes from his travels. A forgotten gem of travel writing, From a Persian Tea House is a literary period piece and a luminous portrait of a country that has since changed beyond all recognition.' -- Abrar

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Michael Carroll was born in England in 1935. He was educated at Harrow and Cambridge but spent much of his early life in India. While at Cambridge he travelled widely during his holidays. He is also author of Gates of the Wind, the story of his time spent on the Greek island of Skopelos.


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A beautifully written book from a past that was fast disappearing by the late 1950's. I am amazed that Michael Carroll did not achieve greater re cognition as a writer and traveller. Perhaps he was too busy enjoying life to stop and record it, his only other book, " the Gates of the Wind" about his life on a Greek Island is even less well known, I just wish he had written more, his early life in India, and what happened to him for the last 30years of his life? A quick trawl through the internet gives no real information about him, shame! This is a writer who deserves better, and was certainly capable of more.
I hope that a member of his family will post some information on the internet, his publishers should also try harder to inform us about this writer.
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Caroll tells of his voyage to Iran in the early 1960's, when he drove with his all-terrain vehicle along Persian back-roads. Obviously travelling then was somewhat different from today, although many things seem to remain the same. At least the roads are better now (well, not really). The author's naivity is refreshing, although a little outmoded, and it causes several thrilling incidents (like running into problems by climbing onto foreign roofs without asking in order to get a better prespective on the mosque of Yazd) that give additional flavour to the book. Anyway, the author refrains from any political comments, which of course would be unthinkable in a book on Iran written today.
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HASH(0x9b8930fc) out of 5 stars Grab a cup of tea and prepare for a great story! 14 April 2008
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"From a Persian Tea House" is an elegantly written account of traveling in Iran when the Shah was still in power. Michael Carroll weaves humorous anecdotes, rich descriptions, and powerful dialogue to provide a look at Iranian society and culture in the 1950s. My favorite part of the book would have to be the opening scene at the beginning of the first chapter. He describes the tea house in the morning, with the sunlight playing on the ancient stones, the sleepy-eyed men sipping tea, and the stillness of the new day. To give you an idea of how intriguing this book is, I started looking for plane tickets to Iran as soon as I finished it! Sadly, the Iran described here is a much different place today.
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