Not Michener's best, but still a good book. Timely too, in that it deals with Afghanistan.
Loved it, most of it. I felt like the main character was really there. I read later that Michener was in Afghanistan shortly after the time period the book is set, after WWII. I learn a lot about my assumptions of life in Afghanistan. Michener showed the love and the brutality. I found it fascinating Michener's presentation of their view of the western world. Michener departs from his usually plot of following several families over time instead follows several characters over a short period of time. The main character was great. The missing girl character was not. I felt the end of the book was an unrealistic and unnecessary love story. Overall I enjoyed the book, it took me a place I have never been. It was worth the read.
This is an interesting view of Afghanistan, especially in light of events over recent years. Published in 1963, this story is set based on "current" events and culture of the time, and provides some insight into the background and history that is a preface to our 21st century struggles in that part of the world.