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The Bookseller of Kabul


Two weeks after September 11th, award-winning journalist Asne Seierstad went to Afghanistan to report on the conflict there. In the following spring ... Show synopsis

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  • A learning experience Mar 1, 2011
    by Ada M

    I am glad Asne wrote this book. We need to know more about the life style of families in the middle east. I am loaning to friends and suggested the book for a book club I belong to.

  • Informative. Apr 13, 2008
    by pamela1717

    Perhaps I shouldn't have read this book just on the heels of Persian Girls because it was too easy to make comparisons. Although not as well written as PG I found it very educational. I liked the juxtaposition of admiration and disgust I felt for the "Bookseller". It just illuminated how cultures are so vastly different--how someone "advanced" in one society can be seen as "backward" in another. Initially I was afraid the book would only focus on the oppression of women but I was glad to see it depicted problems the men have as well (when you aren't the eldest male of the family). Again, makes me thankful to be where I am today. May have given it 5 stars except it seemed somewhat fictionalized (my take only) compared to other non-fiction books I've read.

  • Awesome Book! Jun 7, 2007
    by YellowTie

    This is a fantastic book to read. I finished reading it in two days because I was not able to put it down, and I have recommended the book to everyone I know. It has opened my eyes to a different way of life outside the US, and it has inspired me to continue reading more books about Middle Eastern culture.

  • Just the beginning Apr 3, 2007
    by Laura

    This is an interesting book describing life inside an Afghan household. The writer has a chance to live with a family in Kabul and share everyday life with the member of the family. She writes about the challenges of being a family member in Afghanistan -- not only women but also men under the rule of a patriarch.
    However, the most interesting part of this book is the research to be done afterwards. The fallout after the book touches everyone -- the family and the author. As with most situations in life, there are two sides -- if not more -- to the story.
    It is a good lesson on the effects of the observer on the observed.

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