Not Without My Daughter Mass Market Paperback – Feb 15 1991
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Betty Lover met the perfect "dark stranger" in a Michigan hospital. Her Iranian therapist, Dr. Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody, became her husband and the father of their daughter, Mahtob. Despite the vicissitudes of the Iran-U.S. hostage crisis, Betty and he flourished until their summer "vacation" in Iran in 1984. The next year and a half were a nightmare. Betty and Mahtob, held hostage by Mahmoody and his family, were subjected to Islamic fundamentalism, Persian nationalistic fanaticism, and a life of squalor. This compelling tale of their terror and escape from Iran is recommended for most libraries. Literary Guild alternate. David P. Snider, Casa Grande P.L., Ariz .
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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“Readers will cheer...good adventure with a happy ending.” ―Washington Post Book World
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This book, while coming under heavy criticism for it's portrayal of the Iranian lifestyle and customs is still quite a good read. The book is somewhat suspenseful, always with plot twists and intricate detail. The detail is so intricate, in fact, that I read it over and over.
However, many events in the book are supposed to be exaagerated. I do not believe this, because the book is taking place during a time period in which Iran is embroiled in a bitter war with Iraq, which changes every single circumstance in the perspective of a reader.
Not Without My Daughter is almost like a survival story, because Betty makes choices and she vows to escape with her daughter several times in the story. The mother-daughter bond is a constant theme in this story as children belong to the father in Iran and no one can simply identify with Betty's maternal instinct.
Despite the fact that people think it is over-exxagerated, it really is not. However, times have changed, and the book can not be put in any time period and work with the reader. Reading this book will give you an insight into what it is like in third-world countries like Iran, coupled with a mother and child's desperate desire for freedom. A compelling, yet disturbing book, Not Without My Daughter is an interesting, motivational, and overall dramatic book for someone looking to be deeply sensitized in an adventure.
P.S. - The book is definetely more in-depth and more detailed than the made for TV movie, starring Sally Field, produced by Pathe Entertainment, and released in 1991.
... It gives the reader a lot to think about. I watched the movie first, and later read the book. Sally Field was terrific in the movie, and you got a real feel for the story there. My recommendation is to see the movie first, then read the book. Betty showed how strong a mother's love can be, and she is a role model for women everywhere.
I guess as long as the media is feeding on Iraniansbeing terrorists, you'll make a buck or two. But ultimately, as our history has proved, all labels turn out to be judged wrong by history. Jews are not K___, Blacks are not N____, and the Japanese are not N___, and your children do not have Terrorist blood in them. You just had a bad marriage. How well did you embrace your husband's culture? The only person your hatred hurts is your children and you.
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Amazing read. Really provoked emotion - my heart was pounding in some parts and wanted to cry in others. Really makes you cheer for Betty.Published 4 months ago by Amber Duffy
The movie does not do the book justice. What a great story, could not put the book down.Published 14 months ago by Allan Daschuk
I did not read this yet but I heard only great things about it. As I learned from myself that not only because a few people from a country are bad, all the population is bad, I... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cristina Burcus
I have seen the movie twice and read the book at least 3 times. This book is riveting. Betty showed so much strength and determination and suffered much pain and humiliation to get... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2013 by Donna
We did this book for my book club last month and it was really hard to find (had to order off Amazon)
Judging by the lame old movie cover on the front of this book I was not... Read more
I have to say that this story was the most compelling and effective read i have ever experienced. At any spare moment i had i spent reading this book. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2007 by Hannah 'Cultural book Worm'
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