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Saved by Beauty: Adventures of an American Romantic in Iran Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 17, 2011
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—Booklist, starred review
"A lyrical panorama of contemporary Persian politics and culture, this book gives contour and nuance to our idea of Iran, and introduces us to complex, very memorable characters."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The eloquent account of a Western poet’s encounters with the land, culture and people of Iran...soulful and uplifting.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Moving…Ardently pursuing his personal pilgrim’s path, Housden composes a poignant picture-puzzle of modern Iran.” – National Geographic Traveler
More About the Author
He is the author of twenty books on poetry, art, and travel,including the bestselling Ten Poems series which started in 2001 with Ten Poems to Change Your Life. His next book, due to be published by Sounds True in March 2014,is called Keeping the Faith Without a Religion. Roger emigrated to the United States in 1998 and now lives in Marin County, California.
Top Customer Reviews
I personally LOVE Roger Housden's style. But even if I didn't , I would not criticize it. An author's style in writing is their identity , its who they are. It's the responsibility of the reader to figure it out , so as to get the most out of what they read. I must add that some are easier to figure out.
To call it a travel log is an understatement. Also, to say that the book speaks of his romantic notion of Iran is wrong, because it is not a notion any more. His enthusiasm radiates intensely throughout the narrative, loved the details, in fact I didn't want it to end.
This book is a rare occurrence, where a capable author, with special skills, met with the ,once in a God knows how long , opportunity to travel to some place, and write about his experience. This place happened to be Iran. He did not blind him self to the difficulties or the negativities of living there, he chose not to let it obscure him from seeing the beauty. And there is beauty every where on earth, beauty and soul in every nation, every civilization, and every religion. Housden's place of choice to explore to bring a piece of to the rest of the world to see, was Persia/Iran. And that is why I wish there will be a Roger Housden out there to write about every nation in history for the rest of the world's delight. A delight that happens to be a necessity as well.
This is a master piece in its beauty. And I hope you know how instrumental this book is, especially this time of our history.Read more ›
As the reader of this wonderful armchair travel gem, you are sure to feel the intricately woven carpets beneath your feet, smell the spices of the open-air market place, hear the jingle of bells, and the call of prayer from every steepled minaret. Housden shows us the appreciation and dedication to surrounding their lives with beauty as only the Iranians can.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a story of the author's trip to Iran, a dream from adolescence, to see the land of the Persian poets and the great gardens and magnificent mosques and to meet with the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kate
Outstanding very readable guide to Iranian culture by an English writer.Published 3 months ago by George
This book is pleasant enough, but it never really grabbed me. There are descriptions of people and places and experiences the author has, but I kept waiting for something to really... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jason B.Gruhl
Mr. Housden should have spent more time researching Iran before he journeyed there because he makes a few basic and embarrassing errors about the country and culture. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Larry Hedrick
I enjoyed reading this account of the authors travels through Iran. Amazing tale. I particularly enjoyed his accounts of the artists and architecture.Published on November 22, 2013 by Colleen
Roger had longed to visit Iran for many years and finally got his chance, but to visit artists and others behind the scenes. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by A. Claudia Eads, MD
I loved this book. This man is a philosopher as well as a poet. I was very moved by the chapter on Persepolis, and having been to Isfahan in 1973 knew exactly where and what he... Read morePublished on February 9, 2012 by Abundance
This is a timely addition to the recently published books regarding relations between the US and Iran. Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by Z. Ahari