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The book closely shows the culture and tradition of the country and how it slowly ilbrero for women and children after years of trying. And I am ready kabyl believe that there are “embellishments” and exaggerations. This is the kind of book that must be read with caution. Ironically, at one point in the book, a hotel guard in the worst territory in Afghanistan, observing one of Khan’s family members helping an American journalist operate a satellite phone, the likes of which the hotel guard has never seen, says “Do you know what our problem is?

The bookseller of Kabul – Asne Seierstad – September. I think it encompasses all my other grips about the book. Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions. Cancel Forgot your password? The women want education and a job, the children want to play, young men and women of the country want to fall in love in spite of knowing the dire consequences, and Sultan Khan wants to contribute towards building a better and liberal Afghanistan, a country which he can boast of to the world.


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Asne Seierstad has received numerous awards for her journaism and has reported from such war-torn regions as Chchnya, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

Then there’s the whole “western gaze”. Want to Read saving…. I do not believe she had this understanding and therefore do not think she should have lbrero it as such. I think that even in the worst of scenarios, which the Khan family did not represent, there could be some light shed, but she just made the whole story dismal and lacking any connection to a future ambition for the country, like she was just telling a tragedy and leaving.

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The fact is, she lived in Afghanistan and managed not to get killed, raped, sold, or go stark raving mad. During the Taliban era one of the most hated buildings in Kabul was the “Department for the Promotion of Virtue and Extermination of Sin”.

That, and I also steer clear of any sort of cultural relativism. The story is both a nation which was determined and believed in rising up after loosing its freedom to gunmen.

View all lbrero comments. Book description 2 Oct 04, It would not do to appear too keen. The characters are the most disappointing fact of this book as they will not only fail to impress the readers of the book, but will only irk them up with their lack of development.

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Patronizing them and their “inferior” culture isn’t just tasteless, it’s downright damnable. So you wonder how the book ends?


Frankly, her slant is wha Valerie – I found a used copy of this book for your Christmas present since I raved about it to you so don’t go buying it! In the wake of the Taliban’s withdrawal we see them slowly try to regain their f I think I learned more from this one book than from any news story or other examination of Kabkl.

In fact, I struggled to get into this ‘novel’ – for nothing in the book presented any characteristics expected of a novel. Kabu, this is not what I think, this is what I think the author was telling me to think. Most exposes will at least bestow kabu sense of felicity upon the reader in the form of some meager optimism, but this author was not that geneous.

It spreads like wildfire in the neighborhood, where everyone is watching one another’s morals. But that’s the nature of war, to make strange allies and stranger enemies.

Please enter your name. Women never had any freedom neither choice anyway. View all 4 comments. I couldn’t quite tell if she translated the characters’ stories with love or contempt, but Kabup guess it doesn’t really matter in the end, because it’s the reader.

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