Camel Jockey Go Home

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Press: Xlibris (November 9, 2009)
Author Name:Jahanbin, Payman


Camel Jockey Go Home is a chuckle a minute memoir is by an Iranian expat who, armed with a degree in Street Theatre from London, lands in Salt Lake City just in time for the Iranian Hostage Crisis. 
This is the true story of Payman Jahanbin, who finds himself teaching American English (as in grammar) to American kids, in The Salt Lake City School District immediately following the 444 days of the Iranian Hostage Crisis.
It is a gut-funny, colorful, first person narrative of a Persian blue blood beginning in his early 20 s, navigating a new life and career in The Mormon Zion, Utah.
Sharp-tongued political commentary juxtaposes the petty politics of the Mormon community and the corrupt old Muslim thugs that "took over my country".
The reader experiences the Iranian revolution and the Iran Iraq war and subsequent purges as it unfolds from the perspective of an American Iranian as well as its victims.
A giddiness seeps through the narrative from the knowledge that his cynical assault on everything sacred would, in his former country, earn the Author a stoning at best.
Camel Jockey Go Home reflects our Americanism back at us like a blinding light.
It contains some of the most amazing stories of our time, told by people displaced and uprooted from every corner of the world.
Payman does more than just teach them English.
He helps them heal and become their own storytellers.

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  •     It is a chuckle-a-minute memoir by an Iranian `expat' who armed with a degree in `clowning' from The Central Theatre School of London, lands in Salt Lake City just in time for the Iranian Hostage Crisis.The story ends on the afternoon of 9/11, the events of which day inspire the book's title.Camel Jockey Go Home is a gut-funny, fast-moving, first person narrative by a Persian `blue blood' navigating a new life and career in The Mormon Zion, Utah. It is a sharp-tongued political commentary that juxtaposes the delightfully "rural idiosyncrasies" of his Mormon colleagues with the ominous specter of the "Opium addicted Ayatollahs" that "took over my country."Currently banned in Iran, Payman Jahanbin is a prolific, published and celebrated writer-poet in his native Persian. As the Author's first major work penned directly in English, Camel Jockey Go Home reveals a new, refreshingly readable writing. Jahanbin's obvious maturity as a practitioner of the classic, lyrical Persian style of story telling comes through from the first sentence.From clowning in Amsterdam, Paris and London to translating Mormon scripture in Utah, overnight, the Author is conscripted overnight to teach hundreds of newly arrived, rich, Iranian kids at the local high school just as the 1979 Iranian Revolution begins to unfold. Payman tells his story as if watching a play co-starring school administrators and featuring his students from all over the world as he teaches them to become their own storytellers.Chapter Preview: From Penthouse to Dungeon, My Catholic Confession, Our Little Revolution, `Undesirables' I Was The One Who Killed Jesus, Rats With Hats, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman Ms. Lewinsky", Please Tell Him I Am Not MuslimAbout the AuthorPayman Jahanbin is a prolific, published, and award wining writer in his native Farsi language. While still in high school in Iran, he published several books of short stories, which preceded many plays, poems, and short stories. In college, Mr. Jahanbin published a magazine called `From Poetry to Plays.' As a freelance journalist, he has published over 300 articles in The Kayhan of London, The Ettela'at, Peygam-e Emruz, Ferdowsi of Iran, and the Salt Lake Tribune. Jahanbin has a degree from Pahlavi University in Shiraz, Iran. He received his teaching certificate and theatre degree from Westminster College and a Masters of Arts and Humanity, Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Utah.

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