01 January 2010
Mirrors of the Unseen. Journeys in Iran drew me in as if I, too, were visiting the country. Elliot mixes ancient and modern history and his own experiences of Iran. His portrayal of people is mostly kindly (I hate sniggering travel books). His observations a trifle self-conscious. The second half of the book lost me a bit--I don't share his fascination with the Golden whatever geometry and its use in Iranian architecture. In reflecting on the book I could nitpick his focus on middle class life and taxi drivers, but that wouldn't be fair. The book is enjoyable and, to a degree, enlightening.