- Title: Revolutionary Ride: On the Road in Search of the Real Iran
- Author: Lois Pryce
- ISBN: 9781857886573
- Page: 121
- Format: Paperback
In 2011, at the height of tension between the British and Iranian governments, travel writer Lois Pryce found a note left on her motorcycle outside the Iranian Embassy in London I wish that you will visit Iran so you will see for yourself about my country WE ARE NOT TERRORISTS Please come to my city, Shiraz It is very famous as the friendliest city in Iran, it isIn 2011, at the height of tension between the British and Iranian governments, travel writer Lois Pryce found a note left on her motorcycle outside the Iranian Embassy in London I wish that you will visit Iran so you will see for yourself about my country WE ARE NOT TERRORISTS Please come to my city, Shiraz It is very famous as the friendliest city in Iran, it is the city of poetry and gardens and wine Your Persian friend,HabibIntrigued, Lois decides to ignore the official warnings against travel and the warnings of her friends and family and sets off alone on a 3,000 mile ride from Tabriz to Shiraz, to try to uncover the heart of this most complex and incongruous country Along the way, she meets carpet sellers and drug addicts, war veterans and housewives, doctors and teachers people living ordinary lives under the rule of an extraordinarily strict Islamic government.Revolutionary Ride is the story of a people and a country Religious and hedonistic, practical and poetic, modern and rooted in tradition and with a wild sense of humour and appreciation of beauty despite the comparative lack of freedom this is real contemporary Iran.
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Britain and Iran have always had a turbulent relationship, and in 2011 just after the latest tit-for-tat diplomatic storm Lois came back to her motorcycle and found a note stuck to it: I wish that you will visit Iran so you will see for yourself about my country. WE ARE NOT TERRORISTS!!! Please come to my city, Shiraz. It is very famous as the friendliest city in Iran, it is the city of poetry and gardens and wine!!!Your Persian friend,HabibBeing the adventurous sort, she has ridden across down [...]
I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway, which, I suppose, may bias me in its favor. Or rather, "favour," since this is a British book.In 2011, shortly after the British Embassy in Tehran had been stormed and set on fire and the staff evicted from the country, Great Britain ordered the closure of the Iranian Embassy in London by way of retaliation. Lois Pryce returned to her parked motorcycle to find a note on it that began, "Dear Sir. I have seen your motorbike and I think that you have t [...]
Pryce takes us on an interesting motorcycle ride through northwest and central Iran having mad ea decision to travel the country after finding a passionate note from an Iranian pinned to her motorbike whilst outside the Iranian Embassy in London.Navigating the all too real difficulties of procuring a Visa for a British national at the time (in 2014) and the madness of Iranian driving, Pryce's at times unnerving journey is well written and does a nice job of illustrating the wonderful hospitality [...]
Visit the locations in the novelOne of the most interesting and honest travelogues I’ve had the pleasure to read. Riding through the Iranian desert on a motorcycle is not the kind of thing I would ever think of to do but it would be an epic experience to do it. I now feel I have as Lois is as affable and as friendly as I hope any travel companion would be.She questions her own beliefs about the Muslim culture and religion, her Western values, her new discoveries, the new people she meets and h [...]
I felt an immediate affinity and kinship with Lois Pryce. While this subsided slightly at times, I still finished the book wishing she would be my travel companion one day. Revolutionary Ride is an honest and unabashed journey through Iran, from the pov of a white, middle class British woman. She is adventurous, open-minded, and honest about her own prejudices and fears about her journey.It's a remarkable journey (I so want to go to Iran now!), and Pryce handles herself (and her biases) well, ev [...]
I wrote an extensive review of this, first published in the BMW magazine, "On the Level." Highlights of that review:Just days after the November 2011 bombing of the British Embassy in Tehran, intrepid motorcycle traveler Lois Pryce found a note on her Yamaha TTR250, which was parked near the Iranian embassy in London. It read:Dear Sir,I have seen your motorbike and I think that you have travelled to many countries. But I wonder, have you been to my country? That is Iran. It is very beautiful and [...]
I loved the wonderful spirit of this woman as she travels alone in Iran. Lois Pryce expresses the joys, highs and lows of the sole traveller but does not disparage others’ choice of travel, she just lives her way. She appreciates the generosity and company of the people she meets and grasps the opportunity to discuss their dreams and desires for the future of their homeland. At the same time, she is reading a book written by a previous intrepid writer and traveller called Freya Stark, who seem [...]
I've made myself a cosy reading nook to snuggle down in while I'm at home because I don't have a bedroom at my parents' house (I'm not complaining- I'm far too old for them to keep a space just for me!). The latest thing I've finished reading in it was Lois Pryce's brilliant account of motorbiking across Iran.Revolutionary Ride is the tale of a wonderful country with great people that is constrained by its repressive government. It's also a fabulous adventure.Iran is a country I've been fascinat [...]
First of all, this is NOT a motorcycle travel book. A motorcycle is the chosen form of transport, but it is not essential to the book. This book is more about the people of Iran than anything else. The theme could be stated as "People are not their government." Most of the people Lois meets dislikes their current leaders and are not afraid to tell her, a British female, about it.In the past I have been turned off by some British travel authors due to their political rantings with everything they [...]
An absolutely fascinating book about one woman's ride across Iran on her motorbike. Lois Pryce decided to set out on her adventure after a note was left on her bike when it was parked near the Iranian embassy in London and decided to go and see the country to try and find out the real story of Iran as opposed to the news stories. And what follows is an engrossing story of a woman travelling on her own across a country where women don't do things alone and where a woman on a motorbike is actually [...]
I have read a previous book by Lois Pryce and was hoping for more of the same and I got it. Its warm, engaging, funny and moving as well as being a great adventure!She views Iran with an open mind, but demonstrates how hard it is for us to really put all preconceptions aside. Her tales of the kindness and hospitality made me more determined to be friendlier when I am out on my travels, and encounter people visiting England, it is hard though, as I am very British!I didn't want the book to end, w [...]
Having met Lois in her adventure show, i could hear her voice as i started reading this book. Its very well written , with unbiased factual insights and views about britian, iran and her own fear about Iran before she landed there.The books shows kind nature of the author and her willingness to take things on. This books unveils the mystery around iran and describes the ground reality there in Iran and describes how kind and hospitable Iranis are. It also tells your about how britian exploited I [...]
An incredible account of a woman traveling alone through Iran on her motorcycle. It seems like an incredible adventure because of the political situation and regime that oppresses women but in face she details her adventures in a fairly matter of fact way and while she does have some scary run-ins, she is far more often welcomed and helped by kind locals. A great book for women travelers, motorcyclists and anyone else curious about Iran.
Really enjoyable, funny, easy read. Pryce travels through Iran on a motorcycle. She is a British redhead and doesn't speak Farsi! I'm endlessly impressed. Her writing is lively and funny and her encounters illustrate a lot of aspects of society succinctly and, it feels, honestly and self-reflectively. She gathers a remarkable amount of insight given her limitations of language and somewhat brief and unusual encounter with the place. It's good, give it a read, what have you got to lose?
A thoroughly charming book that dispels the notion that Iran is a homogenous fundamentalist society. Highly recommended
A bit cliche at times, however super insightful. Next trip (fingers crossed).
Really goodThe brave Lois Pryce riding across Iran recounts her experience in an honest manner asking all the interesting questions. Recommended.
I love reading about all of Lois' adventures. This one was slightly more politics then travel but still thoroughly enjoyed it.
another fantastic book from Lois. I've read her other books and this continues her witty fun and informative exploits of life on the road with her bike
Not really a motorcycle adventureI have read several of the author's motorcycle adventure books and loved them. That is until I bought this one. It is a well researched book on a westerner's travels in Iran and how the Iranian people are at odds with their restrictive government. Certainly an adventure for Lois, but not much of a motorcycle adventure. Too much political conjecture, not enough time on the bike.
Having read, and loved, Lois Pryce's first two books, I was delighted to receive an advanced review copy from the publisher. OK, I did pester them for a copy, that's how much I enjoy her travel narratives.Her previous two books are jolly, upbeat accounts of very arduous journeys on a dirt bike. This book is a step away from that. The Iranian road trip presented a new, more complex set of difficulties. This is the country where it is forbidden for women to appear in public with hair showing, and [...]
A well written and insightful book combining how it feels to be a solo female traveller on a motorbike in an unknown land and perspectives on that land itself, in this case Iran. Lois clearly fell in love with the place, but we understand why and share her enthusiasm, as well as question our our prejudices along the way. Recommended, whether you are a dusty traveller or the armchair variety.
Travel writing at its finest. Unlike most travel writers, Pryce doesn't try to present herself as the ultimate daring adventurer or scholar. She wrestles with her prejudices and openly admits to being ignorant about certain parts of Iranian culture. Refreshingly, she balances the personal with the historical, narrating important moments in Iran's history, alongside her own musings and encounters. Her vulnerability, sharp observations, and cultural sensitivity were a breath of fresh air, particul [...]
A brilliant account of one womans journey through modern Iran. Definitely a must-read for any fan of overland motorcycle travel.
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