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Earth and Ashes - Atiq Rahimi
Earth and Ashes
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 "You know, father, sorrow can turn to water and spill from your eyes, or it can sharpen your tongue into a sword, or it can become a time bomb that, one day, will explode and destroy you"  Earth and Ashes is the spare, powerful story of an Afghan man, Dastaguir, trying desperately to reach his... show more
 "You know, father, sorrow can turn to water and spill from your eyes, or it can sharpen your tongue into a sword, or it can become a time bomb that, one day, will explode and destroy you"  Earth and Ashes is the spare, powerful story of an Afghan man, Dastaguir, trying desperately to reach his son Murad, who has left his village to earn a living working at a mine. In the meantime the village has been bombed by the Russian army, and Dastaguir, with his newly-deaf grandson Yassin in tow, must reach Murad to tell him of the carnage. The old man is beset on all sides by sorrow, that of his grandson, who cannot understand, that of his son, who does not yet know, and his own, made even crueler by the message he must deliver.  Atiq Rahimi, whose reputation for writing war stories of immense drama and intimacy began with this, his first novel, has managed to condense centuries of Afghan history into a short tale of three very different generations. But he has also created a universal story about fathers and sons, and the terrible strain inflicted on those bonds of family during the unpredictable carnage of war.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781590513453 (1590513452)
ASIN: 1590513452
Publisher: Other Press
Pages no: 96
Edition language: English
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Boston Bibliophile
Boston Bibliophile rated it
4.0 Earth and Ashes
http://www.bostonbibliophile.com/2010/08/review-earth-and-ashes-by-atiq-rahimi.html
Chrissie's Books
Chrissie's Books rated it
1.0 Earth and Ashes
A huge disappointment. Many of my GR friends liked this a lot, but not me. You learn nothing about the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. There is no history in this book, and on an emotional level it fails to properly evoke the horror, suffering and grief inherent to all war experiences. Perhaps o...
Lost in the Stacks
Lost in the Stacks rated it
5.0
Earth and Ashes shows a new face of Atiq Rahimi than The Patience Stone. It is subtle, sewn with beautiful images: an apple falling on the ground, a cloud of dust, a tear welling in an eye. An old man and his grandson are all that is left of a large extended family after the Soviets burn down their ...
ReactionxReader
ReactionxReader rated it
3.0 Earth and Ashes
The book is sad, but rewarding. And it's short, so the awkward point of view isn't overwhelming.
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