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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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Overall customer rating: 4.500
Ada M

A learning experience

by Ada M on Mar 1, 2011

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.



by pamela1717 on Apr 13, 2008

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!

by YellowTie on Jun 7, 2007

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

by Laura on Apr 3, 2007

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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