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The Bookseller of Kabul

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I would read this book again...

This book opened my eyes to many things that I would have never learned about Afghanistan from American media or literature. It was very enlightening, and I felt that for once I was getting truly expositional and objective information on the country, it's culture and be...
This book opened my eyes to many things that I would have never learned about Afghanistan from American media or literature. It was very enlightening, and I felt that for once I was getting truly expositional and objective information on the country, it's culture and beliefs etc. The author actually lives with an Afghani family and writes down what she witnesses. Much different than what we see on the CNN headlines. I would read this book again, it was very stimulating and made for interesting and intelligent conversations.

posted by 1580794 on July 10, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A Thrilling Adventure of a lifetime

I'm a soon to be junior at Holt High School. I'm doing a review in English class for the book The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seirstad. I came across this book one day in my school library when I was looking for a silent reading book. I told our librarian that I real...
I'm a soon to be junior at Holt High School. I'm doing a review in English class for the book The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seirstad. I came across this book one day in my school library when I was looking for a silent reading book. I told our librarian that I really liked the book The Kite Runner which had similar themes and she introduced me to this new book that had not even been put in our school library system yet. When she told me about the book and how it has a lot of connections with Afghan culture it made me want to read it more because that subject interests me.
This book is about a family living in Afghanistan during the rise of the Taliban. They allow a reporter to come and stay with them for several months and shadow them as they go about their lives. The main character is Sultan Khan, a bookseller in Kabul. During the Taliban rule all books were banned besides the ones given by the Taliban. He is so in live with his books that throughout the book you will find yourself following him to prison and conflict. Another character in the book is Sultans wife Sharifa and his main wife Jamila. You also follow them as they demonstrate the strong principles of the role of women. You will get to experience Sultans son's first rebellion as a youth and his younger sisters as they get married and find jobs to escape their family's tight grip on their lives.
Overall I give this book 3.5 stars because it is a very hard book to read and I would only suggest for advanced readers. It is interesting if you truly want to read but if you are not enjoying it the book will not make sense so a book I might suggest for you is the Kite Runner.

posted by 1442652 on June 8, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2009

    I would read this book again...

    This book opened my eyes to many things that I would have never learned about Afghanistan from American media or literature. It was very enlightening, and I felt that for once I was getting truly expositional and objective information on the country, it's culture and beliefs etc. The author actually lives with an Afghani family and writes down what she witnesses. Much different than what we see on the CNN headlines. I would read this book again, it was very stimulating and made for interesting and intelligent conversations.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    I bought this book from a spontaneously decision while engaged w

    I bought this book from a spontaneously decision while engaged with THE KITE RUNNER. It is an amazing story of the life of an Afghan family that is keenly observed and portrayed by the author who lived with them for several months and observed their lives listened to their stories and finally came to relate to them. Though from quite a wealthy educated background, the family's story is still a struggle for self-esteem in a domineering culture of hierarchy that favors males and the elders, a culture of denial that often looks for scapegoats. Polygamy, oriental way of engaging in business, the status of women in the tribal and religious arrangement of southern Asia and the backdrop of the Afghan war all contributed to make this story enticing and gave a view of Afghanistan that many foreigners are not aware of.Disciples of Fortune, Swallows of kabul are other titles which helps us foreigners understand what the news do not present.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2007

    A Look at Reality

    This well-written book gave, what I assume, is an accurate view of daily living in almost any Middle-Eastern country. I thought the descriptions of what women must deal with on many levels was informative and gave me pause not to complain about a particulary hard day in my life. My perception of the bookseller was that he was basically a good person yet so rigid with his rules. He did have a sense of fairness about him shown briefly but he always went back to the rules. His thought that if you didn't have an orderly house, how could you have an orderly community, etc. makes sense except it was carried to the extreme and then it lost its humaness. I thought the book was very readable, kept my interest, told life like it is, and I applaud the author in her honesty. This is definitly a book to be read by men and women.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    An interested reader....

    This book is fantastic..... I allways understood that women in this scociety led such a miserable existance, but I never realized how it also affects the males of this scociety..... . This book is a real eye openner for anyone that wants to catch a glimpes into what life must be like in another part of the world, few have had the oppertunity too see. It has allowed me to understand at some level why it is that (they) view us the way (they) do and how very diffrent our culture's are. It will haunt me for a long time.... Everyday is a good day because, I did not wake up in Kabul,Afghanistan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2005

    Insightful and Intelligent

    I found this book to be the best look into the day to day life in Afghanistan I have read yet. Words like Taliban, Afghanistan, Kabul, oppression and Islam are used so overwhelmingly in western media that it is hard to get a grip on what they really stand for. We hear so much about Afghanistan and yet know so little about life and culture there. This book gives an excellent insight into a normal family living their normal life in a country so different than our own. Don't read this book if you are looking for a fluff happy ending instead read this book if you are looking for a realistic account of life in one of the most oppressed countries in the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2005

    Very easy to read, inspirational for women everywhere

    Very easy to read, like a newspaper. Moving stories of the plight of women. Fantastic descriptions of exactly what it's like to wear a burka.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    Amazing

    This is an amazing book if you want to know more about the people and the culture of Kabul and surrounding regions. It is extremely interesting to read about the main characters family with relation to school, life, and arranged marriages. This book tells the story of one man who is willing to risk it all in order to preserve books and story telling.

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