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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Librerp Page. For more than twenty years Sultan Khan defied the authorities—be they communist or Taliban—to supply books to the people of Kabul. He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned by the communists, and watched illiterate Taliban soldiers burn piles of his books in the street. He even resorted to hiding most of his stock—almost ten thousand books—in attics all over Kabul.
But while Khan is passionate in his love of books and his hatred of censorship, he also has strict views on family life and the role of women. It is an experience that Seierstad finds both fascinating and frustrating. As she steps back llibrero the page and allows the Khans to speak for themselves, we learn of proposals and marriages, hope and fear, crime and punishment.
The result is a genuinely gripping and moving portrait of a family, and a clear-eyed assessment of a country struggling to free itself from history. Paperbackpages.
Published October 26th by Little, Brown and Company first published KabulAfghanistan.
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To see what your friends thought of ksbul book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Bookseller of Kabulplease sign up. Sara Im from Afghanistan and i did find it very genuine but if your search it up she did have experiences there because she is a journalist but thats just …more Im from Afghanistan and i did find it very genuine but if your search it up she did have experiences there because she is a journalist but thats just my opinion, i have read the book less.
See 2 questions about The Bookseller of Kabul…. Lists with This Book. No one, it’s bad. I was irritated early on by the way this book was written. I think it encompasses all my other grips about the book. Basically the situation is like this: She meets this bookseller, liibrero with his family a few months with only 3 people in the family speaking English and then she writes a book about them. First of all, having lived abroad and lived abroad with families, you can’t know a family the way this author pretends to in that time.
We don’t even kn I was irritated early on by the way this book was written. We don’t even know how she interacted with the family because she kabbul herself out of the book entirely. She somehow thinks that she hasn’t effected the family’s life and that she can just describe them as if there is not some strange white woman sitting on the floor taking notes as they live their lives.
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The book is written with such heavy condescension that I wanted to throw up. The moral I took away from the book is that life in Afghanistan sucks, especially if you are a woman, and it’s all due to their stupid culture. Llbrero, this is not what I think, this is what I think the author was telling me to think. The author says in the preface that she was inspired by this family.
But from how she wrote the book it seems she was disgusted. I don’t understand how she can write that way without even writing herself in, therefore allowing the follies of inter cultural miscommunication and misunderstanding play a part.
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Liberro all 21 comments. Nov 09, Prithvi Shams rated it really liked it. After finishing the book, I was quite surprised at the number of negative reviews here in Goodreads.
Maybe a huge culture shock is at play here. Many in the West may be put sl by the realization that the values that they take for granted may be totally unheard of in certain parts of the world.
I know for a fact that people in my culture have gotten used to murders and negligence of human rights, but if a couple were caught kissing in public, as it were the very fabric of society would be shred to smithereens. Since I grew up in a culture not vastly different from the one portrayed in this book, I find it hard to dismiss this account as prejudiced hogwash. That, and I also steer clear of any sort of cultural relativism. The author may not have captured Afghan culture in its entirety and no where has she made that claimbut she has been anything but prejudiced.
For me, the pathos in this book lies in the hopes and aspirations of the members of the Khan family living in a post-Taliban Afghanistan. The women want education and a job, the children want to play, young men and women of dee country want to fall in love in spite of knowing the dire consequences, and Sultan Khan librrero to contribute towards building a better and liberal Afghanistan, a country which he can boast of to the world.
This book draws a very humane picture of an obscure society, a picture that very often fails to filter through the coloured glasses of mainstream media. View all 5 comments. Oct 29, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it Shelves: A very interesting, journalistic depiction of life rl Afghanistan as told from inside the tent of a relatively well-to-do family, with particular attention to the experiences of females. It is compelling reading, and should be mandatory for anyone who wants to know about life in Afghanistan.
It is not a good thing to be a female there. It takes a novelistic approach, focusing on characters and the daily issues that they face. Contudo, a lei familiar prevalece. View all 4 comments. Not long back from Pakistan and it was the perfect time to read this. Jan 28, Margitte rated it it was ok Shelves: Coming from a liberal Norwegian society, and being a young journalist, it is expected that the book will be written from a pessimistic, typical journalistic point of view.
In fact, I struggled to get into this ‘novel’ – for nothing in the book presented any characteristics expected of a novel. There was no story line at all to begin with. But it was a best seller. Ya well no fine! It was obviously a best seller for reasons beyond my understanding, but as a novel, or well-written one? The question remains though: Ell was it promoted and sold as a novel? It is an expanded set of articles dare it be called essays? It wasn’t a story.
It was a bundle of interviews with all the characters blanketed by a liberal, inexperienced viewpoint from observing filth, poverty, oppression, cruelty, and whatever adjectives or synonyms for it could be found in a journalist’s vocabulary. Neither the male, nor the female interviewees were good people, according to the interpretation of their family life by the author.
After all, I wanted to finish the book, right!? In retrospect I am more annoyed with myself for wasting valuable time and energy in allowing it kabil happen!
Compared to “A Thousand Splendid Suns” written by Khaled Hosseini, this was a memoir, an optimistic attempt by a writer to cross the bridge between being an investigative journalist to novelist and just not succeeding very well. It is not a type of biography either, and not even remotely on par with a real novelist such as Hosseini, who wrote from within his own community to start off with.
But okay, so it wasn’t a novel, so let me at least credit the author for her effort: It is an in-depth look at the typical Afghan family experiencing and surviving different occupations of their country. The fact that she stayed three months with Sultan, the book seller, and his extended family, allowed her insight into their lives that is not showered upon many westerners.
Although she is not present in the book, the situation is presented from her viewpoint. It is splashed all over the book. Her observations are detailed. The book highlights the effect of suppression on human lives. In this case, kabuul of choice for the men, mostly,was taken away first by the Communists, then Mujahedeen and lastly the Taliban.
Women never had any freedom neither choice anyway. The impact on the people is enormous as far as restructuring their lives is concerned. But if I really want to know what is happening now, I will have to consult the internet and the Al Jazeera news channel.
It will be an extension of this book. An investigative journalistic report. I did endure until the last full stop. So you wonder libgero the book ends? Well, what do you expect?! It is always a matter of choice if you want to find out. Expectations differ from person to person, after all.
I will respect your point of view no matter what. I apologize for pushing my annoyance down your throat in case you have opted to read to this point ; View all 24 comments.
Oct 16, Gary rated it it was amazing. Asne Seirstadt writes an honest and candid account of her four months of life with an Afghan family, following the fall of the Taliban and the end of the reign of terror they subjected the Afghan people to. She spent these months with the family of Sultan Khan who- for twenty years-defied the tyranny of the Communists and then the Taliban by selling books on the black market because the tyrants did not allow books except those which subscribed to their narrow kbaul and sick ideas.