Not Without My Daughter

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Not Without My Daughter

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Her book, Not Without My Daughter, is an account of her experiences in 1984–86, when she left Alpena, Michigan to go to Iran with her husband and daughter for what she was promised would be a short visit.

He informed them that, since Betty had an American passport, she needed to turn in her passport to the airport officials three days before her departure. She handed over her passport to her husband when they landed in Iran, again, even though she had misgivings about it. 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.

To continue, is it fair of anyone to dismiss her story on the grounds that it casts Islamic culture in a negative light? A movie version starring Sally Field and Alfred Molina was in theaters in January 1991 and is fantastic but pales in comparison to its thrilling, emotional source material.

Why would anybody fabricate (or, in the case of Not Without My Daughter, embellish) such horror stories? The movie, starring Sally Field as Betty, was good, and also worth viewing, but it really doesn't hold a candle to the first-hand experience of the author and her plight to escape her abusive marriage and flee Iran with her daughter. Most of the critical reviews of this book claim that Mahmoody is racist, intolerant of Islamic culture, and a liar. Betty's account, on the other hand, provides details left out in the movie, such as Betty had two sons from a previous marriage and how she didn't see the signals of Moody's temperament change when they lived in the United States. I recommended it to our book club members to read and they all say it is a fascinating story and worth reading.A shockingly successful novel with a bit of exaggeration and full of revenge against the ex-husband and his family. You feel her pain and desperation, intensified by being in a country that doesn't value the rights of women and mothers.

Betty Mahmoody agrees to visit Iran with her husband, Moody, and daughter, Mahtob, despite niggling thoughts to the contrary.She also mentioned several instances of women who were not mistreated by their husbands, but also maintained, throughout the book, that most smugglers who helped people escape Iran could not be trusted. Is there anything intolerant and/or mean-spirited in the vivid descriptions of filth (bugs in the food, the airport bathroom, the pervasive aroma of Teheran) that could have been cut out of the manuscript?

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