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This tension is what makes this book so special – the conflict between what is and what should be, the black and the white reigning over thousands shades of various colours, beautiful but pale, not strong enough to make a difference in this nevertheless chromatic picture.

I do not recommend this to any reader. There’s a common le between some political persuasions in the USA and the Taliban, both really dislike women libreo pre-martial sex, both are strongly inspired by the Bible and want to see libreor at the heart of their national cultures, both believe in saying no to drugs, yet perhaps when it came down to it the Americans were just too jealous of the Taliban’s free and easy gun culture.

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El Librero De Kabul by Asne Seierstad Marcelo Covián FASCE Sara Hoyrup

And wasn’t it naive of Seierstad to think that Rais would gladly go along with the portrayal of his family in the book? Your rating has been recorded. The book I read just before ,abul one, by a Portuguese journalist who was in Kabul a few years after the publication of The Bookseller of Kabul, includes a short mention to a visit to this bookshop.

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Her observations are without citation, in that sense, because she does not give her analysis any supporting framework or context. The prose is articulate and really strong and that which leaves room for the readers’ own judgement and thoughts. Then the book veers off to describe what seems like every relative of Sultan’s on earth, with names all starting with S, so it was a bit hard to follow, but I followed. Tried to rule out all the old laws made by Taliban.

I don’t understand how she can write that way without even writing herself in, therefore allowing the follies of inter cultural miscommunication and misunderstanding play a part. The authority changed from Afghans to communists to Taliban, but the persecutions remained the same; imprisonment, arrest, beatings and regular interrogation.


I do not believe she had this understanding and therefore do not think she should have conveyed it as such. There wasn’t anything really hopeful about it, and any hope I could manage to find, the author emphatically dashed. Cancel Forgot your password? Seierstad, although she is often humorous in tone view spoiler [ unless this is down to the translation hide spoiler ]doesn’t seem to have much enjoyed her time with the bookseller of Kabul.

I hated that there was no real ending the characters who I could relate to on some level. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Thinking that world peace is possible it’s not and that every bad situation will eventually work out they don’t all to make butterflies and rainbows is a serious failing of American “investigative” journalism. WorldCat is the world’s largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. We all know those travel books who pretend to teach you about a culture of which the writer doesn’t even speak the language: Hopefully that will soon change.

Your list has reached the maximum number of items. During the time that Seierstad was his guest he had three bookshops doing a roaring trade in selling postcards to coalition soldiers, a confectionery concession in a lifeless hotel, and was bidding for the textbook contract for the whole of Afghanistan – here he ended up loosing out to the University of Oxford.

Maybe a huge culture shock is at play here. I think it encompasses all my other grips about the book. We don’t even kn I was irritated early on by the way this book was written.

Other than that, no real thesis. In fact, I struggled to get into this ‘novel’ – for nothing in the book presented any characteristics expected of a novel.

I mean Rick Steeve. Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. It was obviously a best seller for reasons beyond my understanding, but as a novel, or well-written one? They both have the mania for cruelty and destruction and the death impulse. On one occasion two commanders launched a tank battle in the bazaar in a feud over a young lover.


Afghanistan was Asne Seirstadt writes an honest and candid account of her four months of life with an Afghan family, following the fall of the Taliban and the end of the reign of terror they subjected the Afghan people to.

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In retrospect I am more annoyed with myself for wasting valuable time and energy in allowing it to happen! Not surprisingly, the bookseller ksbul the Portuguese journalist he did not livrero the book, and I can only imagine what the consequences of this read have been for some of his family members I wouldn’t take this book seriously if you’re looking for some real social or historical insight into Afghanistan.

Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es. It takes a novelistic approach, focusing on characters and the daily issues that they face. Preview this item Preview this item.

The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad

But it was a best seller. Please enter lbrero message. View all 21 comments. Jun 11, Em rated it did not like it.

The book highlights the effect of suppression on human lives. Sultan’s sister is too repressed to speak up in her own defense. It is not a good thing to be a female there.

No real declaration, but there were some beautiful nuances. Her experience doing so is her experience – sorry it wasn’t pretty. Afghanistan was a great, progressive and vibrant country during the reign of King Zahir Shah who was overthrown by Mohammed Daoud Khan in after which followed 5 years of instability and then the sheer hell of Communist repression followed shortly thereafter by the Taliban’s reign of terror.

Not only does she entirely write herself out of the story, which completely limits the reader’s ability to validate whether or not her interactions yielded this much understanding about the family, but she disregards the fact that many of her observations might be from an oblique angle and that ,abul presence itself undoubtedly must have affected the family.