The chief character of the book is Betty Mahmoody. She is a loving female parent and is remarried with Moody. If they are traveling to Iran for a vacation, he refused to let them to go forth. She ne’er thought Moody would take her there against her will, because he had sworn by the Koran that they will return to the USA after two hebdomads and she believed him. Betty is a strong adult female who keeps holding religion that she and her girl will get away Iran and can travel back to the USA some twenty-four hours.
Moody Mahmoody: Moody is Betty ‘s hubby and he is born in Iran. In the beginning of the book he is a good hubby and male parent, but when they are in Iran, he changed into a really bad individual when he started to crush his married woman and girl. He wo n’t allow his married woman and kid go back to the USA and lied about it.
Betty Mahmoody, a Michigan grass widow with two immature boies, met and fell in love with a really nice, rational, Westernized physician from Iran. He had studied and qualified in America. They were happy and finally married, though she did non bask visits from his countrymen, who treated her as inferior. They had a small miss, Mahtob. After much persuasion, Betty agreed to see Moody ‘s household in Iran when Mahtob was four.
Once at that place, Moody alterations, going more domineering, Islamic and Iranian, anticipating Betty to follow the imposts of his fatherland. She and Mahtob become practical captives wherever they live. Betty has to have on chadar, wholly covering herself. Some household member ever undercover agents, stating Moody her every move.
She fears Moody and his household, recognizing that he intends them all to remain in Iran. Small Mahtob must travel to school, a awful topographic point. But Betty receives aid and kindness from one of the instructors who allows her to remain and assist out. During these interruptions from Moody, she risks all, seeking aid from assorted aliens whom the instructor suggests. Betty appreciation at anything. Even rumours that people-smugglers kill, colza and rob, so abandon their charges, do non discourage her. The Swiss Embassy people have warned her ; they are unable to assist either. Person gives her a lead, she connects with a adult female, so a adult male who may assist. He will non take kids. Again, she must wait in fright, her hatred of Moody and what he is making turning stronger.
Finally she connects with Amahl. Betty trusts him implicitly, taking great comfort from their secret meetings. Time passes, Mahtob returns to school. For over a twelvemonth they have been off from place and their loved 1s. Betty is brought to trouble and desperation as her male parent is deceasing and she can non travel to him. Moody finally agrees to allow her travel – but non Mahtob. Betty refuses. He insists, his docket being that she sell everything and convey back the money. He forces her to use for an Persian passport and books flights.
Betty attends Islamic categories and ceremonials, seeking to understand the civilization she is confined in, gaining trust from Moody, though he keeps the documents and passports locked in his briefcase. But the person assisting is working hard on her behalf. Through links with tribal leaders, he hopes to acquire Betty and Mahtob out via Pakistan. They must travel rapidly, the flight to America looms. A enormous snowfall in the mountains stops them – a awful reverse.
Moody is more opprobrious and violent, the two are captives. Her passport awaits at the airdrome. Merely two yearss remain. A opportunity to get away happens – Moody is called to the infirmary. Amahl hides them in a Tehran level and they move the undermentioned dark. There is a long thrust to Tabriz, so up into the mountains, where Kurdish Rebels and boundary line patrols average danger. They must traverse into Turkey in a Red Cross Ambulance, to the metropolis of Van in Eastern Turkey, go throughing from one smuggling squad to another.
Therefore begins their journey, swearing many aliens, having kindness as they drive, walk, ride horseback and stumble through the stones and snow, seeking freedom. It is an backbreaking flight, hampered by checkpoints, high mountains and brutally cold conditions, but eventually they reach Van. After 32 hours on a coach, they arrive in Ankara – one full hebdomad since the journey began. Finding a hotel, they wait for forenoon and the concluding measure – the American Embassy.
The passports are non in order, no visas or boundary line casts. The hotel clerk wants to describe them to the constabulary. Betty begs him to reach the Embassy at three ante meridiem A Marine on responsibility garbages to assist, pressing them to see the constabulary. Betty persuades the clerk to name her female parent, who contacts the State Department in Washington. When they reach the Embassy, affairs are in manus, they are safe at last, on a plane place that same twenty-four hours!
Sadly, Betty ‘s male parent dies six months subsequently. She knows nil about her Persian friends ; contact is excessively unsafe for them. Borrowing money, she reimburses Amahl who helped her to freedom. He can non get away.
Mahtob has settled and does good at school. Both fear that Moody will seek to snap his girl back. The State Department agreed that Betty should state her narrative as a warning to others. There are many adult females and kids trapped in Iran, as they were. Her powerful friends in America and Iran give her some hope of safety. She and Mahtob live under assumed names, someplace in the U.S.A. [ 1 ]
I have read this book with great pleasance. It ‘s a sad narrative with a happy stoping. I ca n’t conceive of that this narrative is true-happened. It ‘s really exciting, because when you read the book you have no thought if they can get away or if they will decease in Iran. It ‘s incredible how a male parent can set his married woman and kid in such a place, how a male parent can crush his married woman and how a household can hold such a great influence on a grown-up adult male. The adult females in Iran are inferior to their hubby: they have to cover their weaponries, legs and brow, they must listen to their hubbies and are treated like slaves. So the civilization in Iran is different from our civilization, it makes you cognizant of the jobs in the universe and the emancipation of adult females.[ 1 ] = hypertext transfer protocol: //www.shvoong.com/books/73262-daughter/