I really enjoyed reading this book. Having grown up in the middle east, I was able to connect well with the author and her description of her experiences in Afghanistan. Although she is not a strong writer, the story is an enjoyable easy read. I've read many memoirs and what I like most about this is the author's honesty and tenacity about her life and experiences. She does not embellish the truth nor does she exaggerate about the difficulties she faced. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys memoirs.
Light reading. Debbie, with her US experience in her mothers Beaty Salon, goes to Kabul. Eventually she sets up and runs a Beauty School for Afagani women. The book is composed of her story laced with the stories of the women she met. She has sucess as well as failure stories. I am amazed that with her culture naivity she didn't end up getting herself killed.
This was an enjoyable, quick read. I wouldn't say that the author is an amazing writer, but I was impressed that the story flowed well and was easy and fun to read as opposed to many non-authors that write memoirs that are difficult to read and the lack of style seriously gets in the way of the enjoyment.
This is a book that is easy to read as the author's experiences are almost separate stories in each chapter, so you can pick up and put down as need be without losing flow of the story line. The stories of Afghanistan are amazing and a good lesson for us in developed countries and all that we have, although the author herself seems oblivious to her bad life choices and neediness that eventually takes fruit in her becoming the second wife of an Afghan man and then becoming upset when he has relations and another child with his first wife. It doesn't detract totally from the book, but did make me wonder from time to time why someone with their own demons wasn't taking the time to confront and deal with them as opposed to doing for everyone else.
Enjoyable book, you will learn something and feel grateful for your own life.
This was a good enough book and an easy read. But The Bookseller of Kabul provides a more comprehensive depiction of life in and the culture of Afghanistan.
Really gives you an excellent perspective about life in Afghanistan for women after the fall of the Taliban. Great book!