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The Bookseller of Kabul
The Bookseller of Kabul
Author: Asne Seierstad, Ingrid Christophersen (Translator)
This profile of the pseudonymous Sultan Khan, proprietor of a Kabul bookstore whose passionately liberal ideas about literature and freedom to read are at odds with his traditional ones about the place of women, has been an international bestseller. It has also been the subject of controversy, as the actual bookseller in question -- a man named ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780316159418
ISBN-10: 0316159417
Publication Date: 10/26/2004
Pages: 320
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3.8 stars, based on 300 ratings
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 11
I really enjoyed this book. A look into the lives of a modern Afghan family through the eyes of a journalist from Sweden. She lived with this family for three months and wrote about her experiences with them. As a western woman, the treatment of women was disturbing, but I have to remember that this is their culture, not mine, and that is to be respected.
For me, this is one more book and means along the way to understanding the rest of the world.
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Helpful Score: 5
Chilling account of life in Afghanistan, especially for the women. The consequences of almost constant war for the people and the change from one regime to another from one day to the next leaves confusion in the minds of the young people and a clinging to the old ways as a way to make sense of it all.
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Helpful Score: 4
Not bad for an updated view of Afgan society, but I found it heavily filtered through Western eyes.
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Just a fascinating account of life in Afghanistan, particularly as it relates to women. Written in "novel" form, but actually nonfiction journalism. Terrific read.
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Helpful Score: 3
Very interesting insight of Afghanistan but does not have a strong story line. It really is just a brief look at a true life family and their daily life.
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