West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story

West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story

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West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story by Tamim Ansary

The day after the World Trade Center was destroyed, Tamim Ansary sent an anguished e-mail to twenty friends, discussing the attack from his perspective as an Afghan American. The message reached millions. Born to an Afghan father and American mother, Ansary grew up in the intimate world of Afghan family life and emigrated to San Francisco thinking he’d left Afghan culture behind forever. At the height of the Iranian Revolution, however, he took a harrowing journey through the Islamic world, and in the years that followed, he struggled to unite his divided self and to find a place in his imagination where his Afghan and American identities might meet.

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ISBN-13: 9780786160778
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 4.96(w) x 6.16(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Tamim Ansary, who has written numerous books for children, is a columnist for Encarta. He lives in San Francisco, California, with his wife and their two children.

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West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ethan_W More than 1 year ago
The title of this book says a lot about its content. Born in Afghanistan to an American mother, Tamim Ansary has written a memoir about an almost ubiquitous modern experience: that of belonging to more than one country or culture at once and being torn between the two. Ansary moves to the US early on and "loses track" of his Afghani roots. He becomes an outsider in Afghanistan because he left and remains an outsider in the US because he wasn't born here. He is stuck in the middle, in a sense: west of Kabul, east of New York. Though the writing itself is good and the book is fairly entertaining, it was this inner-conflict about culture and ethnicity that I found most engaging. Afghanistan itself is undergoing something similar, trying to modernize amidst a sometimes conflicting social structure and culture. Just a few months ago, at Sundance, I was lucky enough to see a documentary on the Afghani version of American Idol, Afghan Star, and got a very real and poignant glimpse of that struggle. That same feeling of being in the middle and nowhere at the same time is what I most liked about the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago