Two Worlds Apart
Zarah Kadjar, an indulged Persian girl, is sent unwillingly to the United States to gain her High School education and while there, she not only falls in love with the American way of life but also with a handsome young man. When circumstances make it necessary for her to return home to Iran her life changes in ways she never expected. Through her love of horses she becomes one of the most influential women during the reign of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
“From the beginning, I was drawn to learning how the author became involved with pony club in Iran. Then the challenges of a woman equestrian having to prove her abilities in a male dominated culture using renegade horses was like a magic wand drawing me to keep reading to learn the challenges she faced and how she overcame them.”
– Amazon Customer Review
“I found this book very engaging. I think it’s a good look at the beginning and growth of the equestrian world in Iran before the revolution. Royalty makes an appearance and the military structure plays a strong part in the running of the imperial stables. While Gail Rose Thompson was engaged as trainer for the stables of the Imperial Court she had an entree into what life was like for the upper and privileged class at work and at play. She experienced the frustrations of a woman entering a male dominated profession and society. When given the chance to ride into the mountains she found beauty in the natural landscape of the country. Gail Rose Thompson showed me a picture of Iran so very different from what I have seen in the news coverage of the last years. It was a good read.”