Monday, May 19, 2014

Two Wings of a Nightingale

Two Wings of a Nightingale
by Jill Worrall
Exisle Publishing Limited 2011
ISBN 978-1-921497-84-1
264 pp RRP $35

What is your perception of Iran? I bet it doesn’t tie in with the view of experienced New Zealand travel writer, Jill Worrall, as presented here.

Worrall has a deep love for the middle-eastern countries of which we know so little. In Two Wings of a Nightingale, she and expert local guide, Reza Mirkhalaf, set out across Iran to follow the ancient route of the Silk Road, staying where possible in the old caravanserais which were used by the original travelers.

Reza’s knowledge of Iran’s history, culture and religion gives color and depth to the story. The places they visit and people they meet along the away are brought to life. Reza B. their driver provides insight with his perceptive comments.

Jill’s lively writing informs and entertains. We learn of the people and culture of Iran, without political overtones. We share tales of customs and frustrations, find joy and delight in ordinary every day events.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it opened my eyes to daily life in this fascinating country.

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