The Bookseller of Kabul
This mesmerizing portrait of a proud man who, through three decades and successive repressive regimes, heroically braved persecution to bring books to the people of Kabul has elicited extraordinary praise throughout the world and become a phenomenal international bestseller. The Bookseller of... show more
This mesmerizing portrait of a proud man who, through three decades and successive repressive regimes, heroically braved persecution to bring books to the people of Kabul has elicited extraordinary praise throughout the world and become a phenomenal international bestseller. The Bookseller of Kabul is startling in its intimacy and its details - a revelation of the plight of Afghan women and a window into the surprising realities of daily life in today's Afghanistan.
Publish date: October 26th 2004
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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What I liked about this book was that it observed and refrained from judging, as much as that is ever possible. We get various angles on the same person, in relation to different family members, which makes for a contradictory but truthful and rich picture. These are real people, not fictional chara...
This book had me torn, it reads more like fiction than fact, chopped and changed between characters and depressed the hell out of me about the treatment of women and their own apparent connivence with it. The mindless acceptance of the treatment they got was heartbreaking, the assumptions of the men...
This book is nothing what I thought it would be. I read the flap and assumed it was going to be the author's recollection of her experience with the Khan family while she found solace in their house. Instead, Åsne Seierstad writes entirely as a third person, excluding herself from the story of wha...
A truly enlightening read. While I knew that the treatment of women in Afghanistan was horrendous and oftentimes inhumane, this inside look at a 'real family' was an eye-opener. What is most distressing, I think, is that the patriarch of the family is a somewhat progressive man by Afghani standards,...
I think that this book was what I was looking for when I read Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil. This seems to be more behind the veil than that one. I can understand how people could have problems with Seierstad's style, and she is being sued by the family in the book. ...