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Oh, and have you read “Not Without My Daughter”? But that’s the nature of war, to make strange allies and stranger enemies. Seierstad lets her characters speak for themselves and this tactic creates a rather amazing book full of heart-breaking stories and vivid scenes from this difficult but very interesting country.

Hopefully that will soon change. The book I read just before this one, by a Portuguese journalist who was in Kabul a few years after the publication of The Bookseller of Kabul, includes a short mention to a visit to this bookshop.

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Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. No sooner have the women of the household – The whole Khan family are on the plump side, certainly compared to Afghan standards. She has an obvious oversight with regard to her generalizing kabkl own observations to proclaim so much about the family. The accounts of the women are very scattered and disoriented, hence at times, I felt very bored to keep reading the book. I stopped reading this book about one third of the way.

He suffered watching illiterate Taliban thugs burn piles of his books in the streets of Kabul, so he hid them. I enjoyed reading about the overbearing Sultan and his family, especially Leila. librego

The story is both a nation which was determined and believed in rising up after loosing its freedom to gunmen. There’s a common current between some political persuasions in the USA and the Taliban, both really dislike women having pre-martial sex, both are strongly inspired by the Bible and want to see religion at the heart of their national cultures, both believe in saying no to drugs, yet perhaps when it came down to it the Americans were just too jealous of the Taliban’s free and easy gun culture.


His sons do not speak up against their father’s wishes which prevent them from having a decent childhood as they slave away in his shops.

Contudo, a lei familiar prevalece. I guess I’m happy I read it. I think this is going too far, especially because even though she used different names, everybody now knows who the bookseller and his family are.

A journalist can get away with this sort of controversy once, but I can’t survive it again. The author not only did her research well enough to eo a cord into the hearts of her readers, but have also arrested them in a fascinating way to let the readers experience a troubled and terror-stricken country from their minds’ eyes.

As an outsider, Librerro Seierstad found herself in a unique position, able to move freely between the private, restricted sphere akbul the women – including Khan’s two wives – and the freer, more public lives of the men. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: In her unique position as a Librrero woman, she is able to move between the two hemispheres of male and female life in the home and the city, something that no male journalist would have been able to achieve. Even though it has been translated into English, I felt that the charm of the author and her flair has not ek lost in translation.

The book is written with such heavy condescension that I wanted to throw up. Neither the male, nor the female interviewees were good people, according to the interpretation of their family life by the author. Get to Know Us. A very interesting, journalistic depiction of life in Afghanistan as told from inside the tent of a relatively well-to-do family, with particular attention to the experiences of females.

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The characters are the most disappointing fact of this book as they will not only fail to impress the readers of the linrero, but will only irk them up with their lack of development. The grounds of her complaint was not that Seierstad’s account was inaccurate, but rather that she had unfairly shared her private thoughts and opinions with a wider public.


Anyroad, and I am sorry if this is a gross spoiler for you, Afghanistan, it turns out, was not a happy place view spoiler [ shockingly despite its lack of control over gun ownership and librerl near complete ability of people to resist central government hide spoiler ].

Is it kabhl to write kxbul anything and not give a bit of ourselves to the text? Folks who think and write that way should take a lesson from George Orwell and Upton Sinclair.

Please verify that you are not a robot. Preview this item Preview this item. During the time that Seierstad was his guest he had three bookshops doing a roaring trade in selling postcards to coalition soldiers, a confectionery concession in a lifeless hotel, and was bidding for the textbook contract for the whole of Afghanistan – here he ended up loosing out kbul the University of Librer.

I hated that there was no real ending the characters who I could relate to on some level. The world of the burka, Seierstad tell us, is a smelly one, with restricted vision an added bonus.

And his own wife, once a respected professor, must bow to the will of her firstborn who says he does not want to work, even though it is her only desire. On one occasion two commanders launched a tank battle in the bazaar in a feud over a young lover.

Granted, she makes a disclaimer that the Khan family does not represent all Afghanis. It will be an extension of this book. In retrospect I am more annoyed with myself for wasting valuable time and energy in allowing librro to happen!